Cyclists outnumbering motorists: Strength in numbers?

Cyclist getting a ticket Are cyclists more likely to get a ticket on a cycle lane?

A story has been doing the rounds about how on some roads cyclists outnumber motorists.

Sources at City Hall - although extremely pleased with the coverage - have told me that, while they think this may be the case anecdotally, they are not sure if there is the long-term scientific evidence yet.

Having looked at the figures, one thing stood out. The figures seem to be measured only on bridges, in some cases where the cycling superhighways cross the Thames.

Perhaps that is one of the reasons why there is an increase, due to a concentration of bikes on those roads.

Also, it wouldn't surprise me if those interchanges see the most enforcement. Walking over London Bridge on Wednesday I saw this cyclist getting a ticket...

Tom Edwards, Transport correspondent, London Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London


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    Comment number 10.

    There has been talk about altering the law to a presumption of liability in traffic collision based on the food chain. Cyclist hits pedestrian, the cyclist has to prove innocence; Car hits cyclist, the car driver is required to prove innocence; Lorry hits car etc. etc. I was initially against this idea, but I am now in favour as some drivers give cyclists scant regard, cyclists ditto pedestrians.

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    Comment number 9.

    I cycle commute accross SE London from Bromley to New Eltham at least three days a week, A lot of news about cyclists and other road traffic but a quick walk along the South Bank and you will quickly realise that a lot of cyclists have no regard whatsoever for the pavement. I fully support the right of cyclists to use the road and cycle lanes but KEEP OFF THE PAVEMENT!

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    Comment number 6.

    I pleased to see both the Met and City of London police are respectfully treating cyclists as legitimate road users, and are not discriminating against those in the cycling community who fail to adhere to the Highway Code and motorised road users. Perchance the Police will now work harder preserve our safety with the same vigour.


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