The fact is that it is quite scary out there on Britain's roads.
Why is it scary?
- Better education - other countries put more into educating people who do not cycle about the experience of those who do.
- Empathy in society. In a country where cycling is acknowledged as a "good thing", and indeed many drivers also cycle, people driving tend to be much more tolerant.
- Insurance and the Law. In many countries, if a vehicle hits a cycle the default liability is on the driver, and the vehicle's insurance pays regardless of fault. The extreme care with which French drivers approach any interaction with a cycle is partly explained by this.
- The support of the police. In the extreme, where a person driving a tonne or more of steel does behave aggressively towards a largely unprotected person on a cycle we ABSOLUTELY NEED that the police take some action against the driver - even if it is only a warning. And this is the topic which started me writing this blog and inspired its title.
So what this says is
- We see and agree with your evidence
- Noone was hurt
- We can't be bothered when there was no actual damage.
- We have made a policy not to be bothered