Actually, I'm a cyclist who drives occasionally. I do more miles per year by bicycle than by car. I have six bikes, three in my lounge, one under my bed and two in the awning. I am a cyclist, right down to my funny cycling suntan lines.
BUT I don't support this piece of legislation.
Why? Read all the links, it didn't make any difference in Holland (it was introduced after cycle deaths had reduced), nor in Canada (to pick just two countries).
If there is an amount of money available to be spent I'd rather it was spent on tv ads dispelling current myths (road tax) and reminding drivers that cyclists have as much (or as little, if you like) right to use the roads as any other unit of traffic - including pedestrians.
Victory in a civil case for compensation would follow the criminal case anyway - yes, I know there are cases where this hasn't happened. And this new law won't fix those.
I was knocked off my bike by a man who opened his door into my path. I broke my collarbone and some ribs. My solicitor got to work and I got compensated for loss of earnings, damage to bike and ancillary, and for pain and suffering.
To make the roads safer for all we need education, better road design, more prosecutions (under existing laws) - for (as I said yesterday) miscreants of the four and two-wheel kind.
Politicians need to step up with some proper pro-cycling rhetoric, but of course the road lobby is very powerful - I haven't got time to check how much they contribute to party funds, but I'd guess it's a lot more than cycling organisations.