I agree the article being in the Mail does make it a little suspect, but it is more a springboard to discussion that an analysis of the voracity.
As cycling becomes higher and higher profile we maybe do need more self policing and attention to our behaviour needs to be focussed on the more dangerous habits we have.
I can well believe someone has been run over twice by cyclists without it being their fault in any way.
That is not the same as suggesting cyclists should not be out there, or overlooking the fact cyclists are more often the victims than creating them.
I would welcome an element of compulsion to road safety training.
That is contentious, but most interesting debateable subjects are.
I've kind of avoided posting on this thread mainly because of my hatred for The Daily "Hate" M**l and the fact that the article is just another example of the idiocy and small minded nature of that paper.
It is a contentious issue about compulsory road safety training, and I for one can see how it might help but, bear in mind however, the basic road driving test doesn't stop all idiots and neither would a cycle test. Look at all the uninsured boy racers who neither have a license or intend to acquire one, fools exist in all walks of life and the old lady in question is clearly unlucky in the extreme to have encountered two of them!!
In my line of work it still makes me smile that so many people fail to see me in a yellow bread van covered in blinding blue xmas lights, and a siren you could hear at a Metallica gig. What chance does a cyclist have against the idiots in the general population and for that matter pedestrians, I know that's somewhat off topic but the same rules apply. I've had pedestrians young and old walk out in front of me despite the above, and its only because I'm paying attention that something bad hasn't occurred. So for me it boils down to you (either as a cyclist, pedestrian or driver) to be prepared for the worst to happen and be able to do something about it when it does!
Plus neither a green traffic light or green man means "Go" it means proceed with caution..... clearly the old lady does not know this!!!
We're half awake, in a fake empire....