AS the benefits and dangers of cycling were highlighted at the London Olympics, Suffolk’s road safety chief called for all road users to be aware of the benefits and potential dangers.

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Guy McGregor is cabinet member for transport – and his brief includes road safety – and said cyclists and motorists should all be aware of the dangers on roads.

And he backed up Bradley Wiggins’ call for cyclists to take more care as they shared the roads with much larger vehicle.

Speaking after Wednesday’s tragedy when a cyclist died after a collision with an Olympic bus, the cycling legend called for consideration for helmets to be compulsory on roads.

An he also called for all cyclists to take care and, for instance, not to wear earphones while riding.

Mr McGregor said: “Bradley Wiggins was right to urge cyclists to take care to ensure they are as safe as possible – it is the job of those responsible for roads to make them as safe as possible.

“One of the issues is that if you look at surveys, it is clear that motorists tend to give a wider berth to cycles if they are not fully kitted up – if they don’t look as if they are as confident as someone who has all the right kit on.

“Maybe what is needed is some kind of cycle confidence course – maybe like a driving confidence course that is offered to some older drivers.”

Mr McGregor said more and more people were cycling as part of their normal routine, to get too and from work and as part of their everyday life.

12 comments

  • Typical arrogant comments from car drivers continue with no insight into what it really is like. Try cycling everyday in Ipswich and see how many times you nearly get hit. I wear a bright yellow coat and ruck sack and still at least 5-8 times a week i have to steer out of the way of motorists not seeing me. My lights flash and light the road in front only as the red one to the rear does not need to! My front light was £100 the rear £50. Tell me Brian Betts what law there is to stop cyclists using the footpath ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Selfish cyclists who break the law and endanger pedestrians on the pavements should face heavy fines. I`ve been crashed into, threatened with violence and verbally abused by these thoughtless idiots and have nothing but contempt for them. Anyone with half a brain is perfectly safe riding on the roads.

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    Supernova6

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Guy McGregor fails to understand the implications of the safety survey he seems so fond of. This survey was carried out 2007 at the University of Bath and concluded that if you are male and wear a helmet, cars will pass you much closer than if you are female or don't wear a helmet. This has nothing whatsoever to do with confidence, it's about driver behaviour and rather than trying to force cyclists to wear helmets he'd be far better off educating drivers to give all cyclists more room when overtaking. I ride about 5000 miles a year in Suffolk and I've given up counting the number of drivers who pass far too close. This includes the clown just outside Debenham on Sunday who overtook my wife and I with inches to spare on a blind corner, and the idiot driving the HGV through Winston who forced an oncoming van onto the verge while overtaking me at speed, again with inches to spare. Whilst I wear a helmet - an extremely expensive carbon fibre reinforced one - it is extremely doubtful if it would give me much protection from being struck by an HGV. The only reason I wear one is because the courts have a nasty habit of reducing compensation to cyclists who aren't wearing one when struck by a vehicle, even if there are no head injuries involved.

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    Ned Flanders

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Here we go...another nascent attempt by the Nanny state to make something else compulsory. Education and information is fine but it is neither necessary or desirable that the state should interfere by enacting more legislation.

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    Steve Blake

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • I am 66 years old and suffer with angina, I always ride my bike where it is safe for me to do so, be it on the pavement or in those so-called cycle lanes. Until cycle lanes are separated from our dangerous roads all together I will continue to do so. About the lights, Rosie try preaching that some of those idiot drivers who don’t bother switching them on in bad weather, some don’t even know how to switch them on, and as for Mr McGregor, let’s wait and see how much more money has gone down the drain.

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    MIGUEL100

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • I said to 'er indoors as soon as this blokes mouth opened that he needs to be careful - being a new celebrity, anything he says will be used to the media's nosey parkers' advantage. Before all the statistics are bandied about just how many of the 60 cyclists who were killed were actually wearing a helmet? What really needs to happen is all cyclists should cycle on the road in order to train drivers they don't own the road and sometimes will get held up behind other non-car lawful road users. This would make things safer for the cyclist. As for helmets - for a hundred years millions of people have cycled safely and no helmet will save a cyclist in a serious collision with a vehicle so...back off and give human rights a chance. The pleasure of cycling is feeling the open air around you - as a cyclist for many more years than Bradley Wiggins I can say that you make your own luck 99.9 % of the time on the roads. I expect he has fallen off his bike many times - I haven't once, even when dealing with blowouts, potholes and car drivers. Racing cycling is another matter entirely. He should stick to what he excels at and keep his opinions to himself.

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    Sarky Sage

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • No I do not agree, it will discourage people from cycling and there are as many againsts with helmets as there are fors. And as for pavements, it should not be a problem if people are courteous, if a cyclist hits a pedestrian they can cause injury yes but if a car hits a cyclist this is very much more likely to result in death, the trouble is that not all cyclists are courteous but then neither are all drivers or come to that pedestrians, we should all be able to share spaces without incident or aggression, lets face it we all just want to get somewhere. I am a driver, cyclist and pedestrian and do not want yet another law to be passed to spoil my enjoyment of the wind in my hair going downhill on a sunny day in a country lane, it should be freedom of choice not yet more legislation, what has happened to democracy.

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    C Smith

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Poppys Dad HIGHWAYS ACT 1835

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Mr McGregor says that all cyclists and motorists should be aware of dangers on roads. One of the biggest dangers on roads are the many potholes, some over 2 years old which Mr McGregor should be responsible for fixing. Cyclists should also be aware of dangers on the pavements, which are for pedestrians, and do what Bradley Wiggins advocates, buy and wear safety helmets and whilst we are at it why doesn't Mr McGregor pressure the law authorities to clamp down on already existing laws banning cyclists from riding on the pavements but if they do then they should be in possession of at least third party insurance covering them for any injuries they could cause pedestrians.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Perhaps Poppys Dad would also care to look up the definitions of 'footpath' and 'pavement' in a reputable dictionary.

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    Brian Betts

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • And definitely proper lights. Not those tiny things that flash. As a car driver it annoys me that people are riding their bikes in complete darkness. Lights on bikes are to show others that you are riding a bike, not just lighting up the road for you.

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    Rosie Warren

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Star- Can't you print a petition we can all sign then? I'm sure if it was compulsory people wouldn't feel 'stupid' wearing them and it would save many lives. everyone would be the same. Would also help spontaneous stealing as with any luck they would get spotted with no helmets so would draw attention to themselves ?

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    anon

    Friday, August 3, 2012

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