Friday, 27 April 2012

Cyclists on major roads.

The recent death of an experienced cyclist on the A50 was of course tragic. The conviction of a lorry driver for careless driving appears to have been solely because he was exceeding the 50 mph limit. What was not mentioned was the fact that all large goods vehicles are limited to 56 mph. Whether those 6 mph would have made the difference between life & death is a moot point - but I doubt it. A couple of days later I was on the A14 on a friday afternoon. This is a very similar road to the A50. Suddenly up ahead there was a lot of lane changing and breaking. A real mess up. Yes, you've guessed it. A cyclist. This idiot had a full set of front and rear panniers AND was on the main carriageway - not even in the 'protected' zone on the verge side of the solid white line! Just because it is legal doesn't make it right. Or sensible. Or safe. As it says on the A46 south of Coventry, 'cyclists are advised to use the signed alternative routes'. Not that I am against cycling, but i don't do base or bungee jumping or potholing either!

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