A councillor lambasted his colleagues for criticising cyclists yet never passing motions ‘when motorists are buried’.Those bastards, looking after public safety like that!
Dave Smith, who rides his bike to the Town Hall, spoke out as his colleagues tried to pass a motion on Tuesday night after a four-year-old girl suffered a broken leg in collision with a cyclist.
You can’t make a cycling paradise omelette without breaking some four-year-old
Cllr Smith said: “My heart goes out to the little girl that was injured. Please pass on my thoughts to her family.Yes. But not on the bloody pavement at speed!
“But can we get it into context?
“I suspect there are tens, if not hundreds of people killed on the roads in Dorset every year.
“I never hear anyone come to council when somebody is smashed up on the road, being buried. You don’t come forward with motions then.
“In fact, you get councillors saying keep the speed limit, ‘We want to go fast’.
“We want to be encouraging people to cycle.”
… Cllr Dennis Gritt said: “A policeman said to me, ‘What if I have to say to a 12-year-old boy, get off the pavement and ride on roads like Kinson Road’ and then he has an accident’?Yes. Because he’s enforced the law, no matter what the guidelines dictate:
“Do you think he could live with that on his conscience?”
Cycling on pavements is illegal. However the Home Office has advised officers not to take action against vulnerable or responsible cyclists occasionally using the pavement to keep safe.I suspect the clue there is in the words ‘responsible’.
And I have to ask Cllr Gritt the question, what if that hypothetical twelve-year-old knocked down an infirm pensioner? Or doesn’t that count, either?