BJ wants to see cyclists fined £130 for cycling on the pavement
3.03.09 by Buffalo Bill
Boris Johnson on pavement cyclists:
They need to be treated with the maximum severity and I want the penalties to be made tougher. I would like a draconian law for those who abuse their rights and cycle on pavements. It’s antisocial and causes an air of apprehension.
What I think we should do is considerably increase the fines from £30 to something like £130 for those that abuse their privilege.
From a question and answer session hosted by the London Chamber of Commerce, quoted by The Wharf.
No mention of the stats: people that die as the result of collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian annually is in the UK is 1 or less1, whereas around 109 pedestrians were killed as the result of collisions with motor vehicles in London, in the year ending 20072. In fact, between 2000 and 2003, an average of 3400 pedestrians a year were injured by motor-vehicles on the footway (or pavement, to you and me), in the UK1. But hey, when did BJ let the facts get in the way of a populist statement.
2 London Road Safety Unit Fact sheet: ‘Casualties in Greater London during 2007’, published May 2008Daily Mail attacks cyclists, Jenny Jones says write to your MLA
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