It was Ken Livingstone who first advocated that cyclists should have number plates on their bikes. That was in response to poor behaviour by cyclists and a complaint to him on a radio phone-in about cycling on pavements. That was back in 2006 but he did not progress the proposal.
Since then cycling behaviour in London has got considerably worse. But a south London school is going to make its pupils display a number plate. This is in Carshalton in South London. Headmaster Amit Amin said that pupils have been cycling in a way “that endangers themselves and others”. Cycling pupils will be given a number plate which they must display when riding to and from school in future.
It brought a rather predictable response from a spokesperson for Cycling UK who suggested it might deter cycling by “making it more difficult”. Cyclists seem to oppose more regulation of cycling in any form. Note that other schools already have rules about what pupils should wear when cycling – for example helmets. That is for safety reasons for themselves but rules that provide more safety to others do not seem totally unreasonable and it is difficult to see why having to display a number would deter anyone from cycling.
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Since then cycling behaviour in London has got considerably worse.
Evidence of this please.
See previous blog posts here: https://abdlondon.wordpress.com/2018/09/13/first-e-bike-death/ and here: https://abdlondon.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/public-consultation-on-cycling-offences/ and anyone who has walked in London in the last 20 years will know it to be true. For example I have attended more than one meeting in London about transport matters where folks have complained about cyclists behaviour.
Have you seen how dangerous pedestrians are, especially school children? Presumably the kids will have to have a number embroidered on all their school clothes. For their own safety, of course.
Yes we should have a law against pedestrians running. Or those making a mockery of serious issues?