Dear Boris – About Saving Cyclists’ Lives …

Dear Boris,

I heard you on LBC’s “Ask Boris” on the Nick Ferrari show today. A lorry driver phoned in about cyclists. It turns out that he was involved in a fatal accident with a cyclist.

Similar numerous accidents are a fact of life. Vital strong measures are required to change this.

It is a fact that cyclists’ knowledge of the road, ranges from zero to expert. As such, you must have blanket cycling laws that protect every cyclist – there must be no shades of grey. It is imperitive that the following must be implemented as soon as possible:

  • It must be law to have a bicycle license from DVLA to take a bike on the road. This could be an element of the standard car license.
  • Every driver and cyclist must pass the bicycle element of the test. (You could start with a grandfather license for the first few months if it is difficult to implement.)
  • Part of the cycling element of the driving license would be an LGV awareness module. (This wouldn’t hurt for car drivers anyway.)
  • Safety gear must be worn at all times.
  • Easy identification on high-vis vests must be apparent. (Like registration plates on cars.)
  • Anybody commiting a motoring offence (cyclists and motorists alike), must attend an advanced cycling/driving course with a test at the end of it.
  • The above course/s should have a strong cyclist/LGV awareness element.

These measures are bound to inconvenience people, but to cut the death rate, I believe that they are absolutely necessary.

The above makes everything black and white. There is more to add, but I’ve given you the gist of my thinking.

This issue needs a champion. Let’s save lives, Boris. Thank you for reading.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Gritton.