As regards the cyclists' counterargument of justification because there are no cycle paths: any cyclist who dares cycle in London, or who has cycled in any city in Germany, Holland or Denmark, will know how inadequate provision for our cyclists is. I have seen various types of cycle route or lane in London, and they are all pretty awful - going from nowhere to nowhere, or goinground the houses (being simply signed routes, without any actual lane), or being simply a painted lane next to the kerb.
Cyclists should keep off pavements and not jump lights, or suffer the consequences. This will not alter the stand-off with taxis or road users in general though, unless there were a proper provision (real paths at the side of the road, with integration into the traffic light system and with rules in the Highway Code).
A J Crabtree
London NW6Reuse content