Cult Of Fear
Last week we had this on the front page of The Independant:
On the same day that this article was published, we had the Great AA Helmet Handout:
On the subject of helmets, and whether or not they protect you, I read this on the same day:
The result of all this Cult of Fear? This via the Facebook page of “Ask Me Why I Cycle Without A Helmet”:
Am I justified to label all this as a “Cult of Fear”? Or is the fear real?
Over lunch on Friday I was talking with some guys from Sustrans about the tragedy of Elizabeth Brown’s death on a local road. The A189 “Spine Road” is a dual carriageway that’s arguably more dangerous than a motorway to ride on - at least a motorway has a hard shoulder. The Spine Road has a great cycle path running parallel to it . . . for some of the way. The only way you can make a trip along its route in safety is with detailed local knowledge. In a car, you’d just follow the big obvious road, with the big obvious signs.
People can bang on about the “right to ride”, but there are some roads that I wish cyclists were excluded from - thin end of the wedge, I know. But given the murderous levels of inattention that the UK’s drivers can get away with Scot free, it’s maybe time to face up to the fact that we’ve already effectively lost the right to ride on some roads.
It’s time to move on, and focus on the real issues.