Chief Constable Nick Gargan (Ed: Oh, hai!) has floated the idea of giving police community support officers the power to fine cyclists who ride in the dark without lights.What a splendid idea! Who could possibly disagree? They are endangering themselves and also other road users.
But the idea has not gone down well with some cyclists.And I bet I know just which sort. As does Tom Paine.
Bristol Cycling Campaign told him that "effort should be on reducing collisions and injury to cyclists with more prosecutions for bad driving".Or, to translate: “Look, everyone knows it's only motorists who are ever at fault, so we'll carry on wearing dark clothing and weaving in front of large metal vehicles with complete impunity, so there!”
Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Bristol's transport leader, said that although he supports penalty notices for cyclists, he believes the fine should be rescinded if lights are then bought and fitted.Why? If I’m fined for a dodgy exhaust I don’t get my fine rescinded. Nor if, after tearing through a built up area at 100mph, I then drive sedately for the next 100 miles.
Why should cyclists be treated with such deference and leniency? Because they are 'saving the planet'? Sod that!
Secretary Martin McDonnel said he thinks police should instead be looking more at motorists parking in or obstructing cycle lanes.Why can’t they do both? Both are, after all, an equal nuisance and a danger….