I want to send a message to all cyclists out there. I totally respect you for those who cycle to and from work, who do their cycling trail on Sunday morning, doing their paper rounds and who cycle through the parks and commons, but I also respect those who when they are on a bike that they respect others using the pavements and roads too.
Massive respect to those who don't go through the lights because they fill they don't have to wait like the other vehicles on the road, because they are on a bicycle, who don't go too fast when in a park or common, who wear luminous clothing so they can be seen and a helmet with knee pads. Who use the cycle lanes in roads and paths provided.
It can not be coincidence that each week or more times a week I see people cycling recklessly. Last Wednesday some lady on a bike was cycling on a pavement instead of using the cycle lane provided, because she didn't want to cycle the opposite side of the road, which she should have done, and instead of allowing us pedestrians the right away carried on cycling making it very awkward for us to get through, even though there are elderly people walking those pavements, adults with young children and people with their dogs.
Some guy, hat off to him he did use the cycle lane in the road provided, but had no visual light clothing and was using just his lights, which sorry at night is not enough, You need to be seen properly and either wear visual top or bottoms.
Walking through the common, this lady was cycling so fast she nearly knocked this young girl off her bike, some guy jumped the lights nearly knocking into myself and my son in his pushchair and seen a lady with a child hanging of the back of a bike, in Wimbledon. No child seat provided on the back just sitting sideways on the bar that sticks out at the back of bike, through a busy road and the lady on the bike was wearing no helmet or pads.
Never think that "It can never happen", that you can never be knocked off your bike and have an accident, or run someone over, because believe me I have seen it and it can happen. Do you really want the activity you enjoy be the path to your death or the cause of others ending up in hospital? or worse causing their deaths too?
Even when riding a bike it is still a vehicle and you do still as a cyclist have a responsibility to take care for yourself and for others too. So please to those cyclists, do continue to cycle but please never take it for granted that you can't cause accidents, when not cycling safely. Everybody whether in a car, van, bus, coach, motorbike or bicycle should all be responsible for keeping the roads safe and follow the highway code.
Many thanks for reading,