So the government is to hold a review into whether or not there should be new road laws covering dangerous cycling. This comes in the wake of the death of a pedestrian in London killed by teenager Charlie Alliston, riding a fixie which wasn’t fit for road use. This was a sad, and avoidable incident in which someone has tragically lost their life.
A change in law, however, is even more dangerous for levels of cycling and what the resulting reduced inactivity means for lifestyles and the related illnesses that cause death (see Australia’s helmet law).
The government should consider a few other stats before spending any time on this review.
In 2016, 448 pedestrians were killed in the UK; that’s 25 per cent of all road deaths. The average number of pedestrians killed each year by a cyclist is two. That’s two out of 448. That’s 0.44 per cent.
Of those two deaths each year, Alliston is the first cyclist to be prosecuted; in all other incidents there was no case for prosecution.
With a bit of luck, someone in government will take a look at their own statistics and realise where the real dangers lie on our roads, and do something about that instead.