An AA scheme giving away 5,000 high-visibility bicycle helmets and jackets has enraged some cyclists.Wha..?
The motoring organisation was handing out the items at Waterloo Place, off Pall Mall, this morning and Lincoln's Inn Fields in Holborn this afternoon after it found in a survey that less than five per cent of Boris bikers used a helmet. The Raleigh Missile helmets sell for up to £27.Who could possibly object to being handed, free, no cost, gratis, some safety equipment? Well, it seems there does indeed exist such a group of people:
But cyclists said the AA should direct its energy at improving motorists' behaviour rather than creating the impression that cycling is unsafe.Cycling isn't unsafe, of course. Like anything else, if done properly and responsibly, it's as safe as any other activity.
But the behaviour of some cyclists risks making it so. And it's likely to be the same sort of cyclists that - rather than embrace this as a cracking idea - whinge about it instead.
Jim Gleeson said: "Maybe cyclists could reciprocate by giving out free eye-glasses and copies of the Highway Code to drivers."From what I've seen, a lot of cyclists could benefit from reading that themselves...