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Cyclists are not a menace [guardian.co.uk]

December 6, 2009

… the arguments were less colourful, but ultimately more convincing (although as a cyclist, I suppose I would say that). Cyclists make up around 2% of the traffic in the London rush hour but they cause just 1% of injuries to pedestrians – almost all of them minor. And of the 204 people killed on London roads last year none was killed by a cyclist. In fact a cyclist has not been responsible for a road death in London for the previous eight years either.

That alone demonstrates cyclists are not the road menace they are sometimes painted as, said Gilligan. “To be a real menace you need more hardware.” And he implored the non-cyclists in the crowd: “Instead of hating us, you should join us. You would have nothing to lose but your trains.”

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