This is a note prompted by recent anti-cyclist propaganda in the press. Although the cause of the ranting was, in this case, the presumably intentional misreporting of the EU’s proposed Fifth Motor Insurance Directive, this is not the first time that journalists have chosen to pick on cyclists. Increasingly drivers seem to believe that the road belongs to them and anybody who strays onto it is asking for trouble. But it doesn’t belong to them, it belongs to all of us, and the cause of road fatalities is not vulnerable road users straying into the motorised lions’ den, it’s careless, thoughtless, aggressive drivers.
The “usual suspects” of these rants are: cyclists don’t pay road tax, cyclists don’t have insurance, cyclists don’t have to pass a test, cyclists jump red lights and ride on the pavement and cyclists should be on the cycle paths.