Without proper training, cyclists are riding for a fall

Click to follow
The Independent Online

This report could just as well be called "Make Cycling Normal". Because as long as those who ride bikes are seen as a minority at odds with other road users, they will remain at risk.

Sure, trivial sentences for drivers who cause deaths need to be beefed up. But education is key if riding is to become everyday for everyone. Training should be mandatory in schools and the driving test should better reflect the needs of the modern road. Non-cyclists should be encouraged to ride – and shown how to.

Nothing makes cycling safer than more cyclists. That also requires proper investment in infrastructure. The report does recommend this, but unless governments listen, fear and antipathy will put the brakes on a boom that should benefit us all.