Transport for London has pulled this road safety ad from VCCP after, yes, a Twitter “storm,” resulting in 70-odd complaints so far. From cycling supporters mainly it seems, who object to be being seen as (unintended) menaces on the road, on a par with cars.
? 71% of Londoners think road users are not as considerate of others as they should be, but only 9% think they themselves could be more considerate.
We all need to play our part in making our streets safer.
— Transport for London (@TfL) November 17, 2021
Sure, as radio host Jeremy Vine has pointed out, cycles are hardly the danger to life that unfeasibly large cars are. We live in a 20mph zone where the average car speed is at least 40, because dear old Haringey council won’t instal cameras.
But cyclists do sometimes seem disposed to see themselves as a species with special rights (saving the planet and all that) despite often ignoring traffic lights and the like – and pedestrians. Electric scooters have made it worse.
VCCP’s plea for a little more understanding and tolerance is surely on the mark.