Death of a cyclist: a tragedy?

Another cyclist bites the dust on London’s roads – at traffic lights. If the spate of deaths among cyclists is a tragedy, it is an avoidable man-made tragedy, contrived by the anti-social rules of the road. By imposing unequal rights, the fatally-flawed rule of priority makes us compete for gaps and green time. It pollutes the milk of human kindness and spawns a system of regulation that takes precedence over civility. If we had a culture of equality, we could ditch the rules and coexist in harmony. The cycling lobby wants roads safe for cyclists. Well yes, but they should be safe for all road-users. The only way to achieve authentic road safety is to civilise road-user relationships by making equality, not priority, the fundamental rule of the road. Then we’d be able to obey our inner lights instead of traffic lights (the real WMD – weapons of mass distraction, danger and delay). Into the bargain, we’d save the tens of billions currently squandered annually on systems of counterproductive control.

About Martin Cassini

Video producer, campaigner for traffic system reform, originator of this website
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