So I have been controversial in a couple of recent posts How to not attract people to cycling and How I insulted and scared cyclists all over the country.
That is nothing compared to the anger I feel tonight after what I have noticed in the responses through comments here and elsewhere.
I have been criticised by many cyclists over my supposed surrender of the right to ride on the road (a claim that does not fit with what I said).
But there is a huge problem.
I have not seen even one cyclist who has argued to protect their right to cycle on the roads express any concern at all for the children killed on the roads. British roads are the single largest external cause of death of children (nearly 50%) and all these cyclists have totally ignored this.
It seems the freedom of an existing (probably male) cyclist to ride their bike along the A50 is so vital that they have no concern left over for the children killed on our roads.
Our friends in the Netherlands have reminded us that the main reason for the change of policies away from cars and towards bikes and walking in the 1970’s was national outrage at the numbers of children being killed on the roads. The statistics show clearly that since then the Netherlands has seen a far greater reduction than the UK in the numbers of children killed on the roads.
Yet British cyclists seem not to care at all about the children being killed on our roads. Remember not one cyclist who expressed concern at losing their right to ride on the road commented on the death toll of our children. Not one person!
I am horrified. and very angry indeed. Get off your bloody high horses about your rights to freedom on the roads and start focusing on the destruction of life, on the children who are killed because we will not stand up for them and their right to live.