Here’s one to make your blood boil. Last week’s backbencher’s bill to increase the sentences for dangerous cycling is yet another example of bias against bike riders.
Although I’m certainly not opposed to the prosecution of any cyclist who does harm to others, why does the law need changing to give bike riders tougher sentencing when it’s car drivers who really need cracking down on?
Fortunately, cyclists are rarely linked to pedestrian fatalities with only 29 cases between 1998 and 2007 and none in 2009, the last year statistics were published. Meanwhile the car stats include 7,629 pedestrian deaths for the 10-year period and 426 fatalities from two years ago.
Also listed are the 104 cyclists who died on the roads in 2009, so why are MPs picking on cyclists when really they should be looking to protect us?
In the last decade both cyclists who killed pedestrians went to jail but it’s commonplace for judges to issue community service or small fines to drivers who kill.
In the last month alone there have been two cases of drivers killing cyclists and getting off with
100-hours’ community service and a one-year driving ban.
We need the legislation to protect us, not prosecute us.
Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly