Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Cyclists who break the law diminish community respect for law abiding cyclists.
Motorists are much more likely to look 'bicycle' if they don't resent cyclists.
One may well ask why hoon drivers, are seen as a distinct minority, and do not reflect upon the whole motoring community?
The answer is that as motorists they are identifiable and the road rules are enforced.
For cycling to become legitimate and respected, cyclists must be identifiable for the purposes of law enforcement
Rogue cyclists would then be booked, and seen to be booked, and would not then reflect negatively on law abiding riders
Law enforcement is also a cycling safety measure:
Cyclists who break the law are much more likely to be killed and seriously injured.
Cyclists could be identifiable simply, cost-free, with little and existing administration, by a legal requirement to carry reliable photo id, and to have one’s bike engraved, despite claims of ‘high costs of bike rego’ and ‘administrative nightmare’
Surely law abiding riders have everything to gain from being identifiable, legitimacy and respect. It is only rogue cycling which would lose.
Finally to those who say law enforcement ‘punishes cyclists’. Motorists driving at cyclist bunches, tacks placed on Beach Road, missiles thrown at riders, all punish cyclists. Vigilante acts universally occur when the law is not being enforced. A traffic infringement penalty is an appropriate penalty for a traffic infringement.

Pete Dowe
Road Safety Advocate









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