Originally Posted by average_runner
But you are forgetting the bigger problem. If we allow one group away with something, all the other groups will behave the same way. Thats human behaviour.
So we need to treat all the same which in turn will make the roads safer for all and save lives.
I agree. But you start with the mode that will have the biggest impact on deaths and life changing injuries, which is the motorist.
Many motorists seem to have a bee in their bonnet about enforcement of cyclists, when the biggest offenders are motorists. Try to stick to the speed limits (even by GPS not speedo), and see how often you're passed or how quickly traffic builds. Even in urban areas, like the N11 (if it's clear enough).
This morning on my commute, every cyclist had lights that I saw for the first 3/4's (which was already outside of lighting up times). It was only passed stillorgan I saw people without lights. I didn't see any cyclist breaking any lights.
On the other hand, before parking up I was overtaken through our 50km/hr village for daring to stick to the limit. I saw people driving in the hardshoulder to avoid jams. When on the bike, as per usual, my light had gone green at Johnstown Road, Whites Cross, Brewery Road, Tree's Road and Fosters Avenue, and I still had cars entering past a clear red from the side roads. I saw many abusing the bus lane (2 gear Tuesday).
The premise that there's no enforcement on cyclists but there is on other road users is false. There's just a lack of enforcement.
Motorists are so untouchable, that the use of camera's/ ANPR is politically toxic even for our supposedly apolotical road safety organisation. We can have campaigns against the enforcement of drink driving laws. Enforcing speeding is dismissed as "Flash for Cash" - even the terminology used and accepted show how normalised law breaking is for motorists, as it's always apparently "shooting fish in a barrel". Like that is a bad thing...
fwiw I generally do 16,000km plus in the car. I'm hoping to get to 5000km on the bike this year.