Helmets......reflectors front and rear and on wheels, riding fast on pavements (on the increase)........i think there needs to be a review on both sides of the coin on cycle rules as the number of cyclists is growing.
A helmet saved my life off road, and i knew a man with a badly cracked scull who wasn't wearing one and hit his head on a curb on road.
I don't wear one on-road......but i know head injuries are difficult to treat due to having a brain inside compared to a broken leg.
And there in lies the real problem, a lot of drivers see cyclists as aggressive, selfish and showing little regard for the law of the land.
You don't have to drive for long before you see cyclists taking up a whole lane, jumping red lights, almost never indicating and riding on and off pavements with out warning.
There's a real them and us divide between drivers and cyclists and it goes both ways.
'cos drivers never speed, amber-gamble (or just plain bet on red), tailgate, drive aggressively or without consideration...
Most drivers I see spout that argument are either NIMBYs, hypocrites, or both - and just really have might-is-right on their side.
On a site for cyclists I didn't feel the need to put our side across as I suspect most already knew it.
The point is niether group can claim to be whiter that white, both groups need to change and blindly and niavely pointing the finger and crying innocence will achive nothing.
Complete non sequitur, though, because I'm not trying to foist innocence on cyclists, I'm pointing out the emphasis is always in the wrong place.
It's always somebody else's problem or issue, isn't it. <deity>-forbid a bit of introspection and self-realisation, 'cos it's easier and more convenient. Let's just focus on the victims and postulate about whether they were wearing a bit of polystyrene on their noggin, rather than question why they're in increasing risk.
And that's the thing that always gets missed. Motorists bang on about things that if they were really honest, they do much the same themselves, and the only real risk they tend to face from cyclists is to their ego or a bit of paintwork - whereas cyclists are often at the mercy from fragile egos, but face disproportionate risks to life because of the divide. And that's really the problem that nobody seems prepared to take on, largely because there's nothing in it for them.