the thing that really baffles me is that more people don't get killed on the roads, regularly..
I was talking to a guy at work about this today (I work in a bike shop in Central London)
thankfully, my commute is only 3 miles each way to work
despite this short commute from NW to WC2 London, I see every single day, absolutely shocking instances of stupid action from other cyclists, pedestrians (stepping off pavement into road whilst talking on mobile phone, browsing internet on smart phone, etc.) and motorists (this includes drivers in private motor vehicles, as well as bus drivers, taxi drivers and utility drivers i.e. refuse collection) and motorists using smart phones for navigation or answering phone calls or texts?
I always stop at red traffic lights; I like maintaining the quality of my track stands and also the aerobic buzz of sprinting to the next lights and then stopping at the next light, then to track stand and sprint again. I am rarely going faster than 25-30mph on my sprint between these lights as its a short distance.
Every day? I see stupid cyclists jumping red lights, constantly. I see stupid cyclists riding the wrong way up one-way streets into oncoming motor vehicle and cyclist traffic. I see stupid cyclists riding on the pavement coming into conflict with pedestrians (I was run over last year by a cyclist on a pavement). I see stupid cyclists riding at night on the road, in black clothing, with no lights.
I also see many stupid motorists jumping lights, sitting in the ASL box, ignoring other road users "right of way" and ignoring the traffic signs specifically 'give way' or 'stop' at junctions, often when combined with "segregated" cycle lanes
how more people don't get killed every day in London, is truly a mystery? Can anyone offer an answer to this question...