Conclusion

The car culture has developed over generations and will not change overnight. Rising levels of congestion, pollution, obesity and recognition of climate change have led to Government action to encourage cycling, particularly as an alternative to motoring. To an extent these efforts are succeeding and there has been a rise in the number of cyclists on the roads in recent years.

Cycling remains though a minority activity. One major challenge is in enticing individuals to trade the virtual invulnerability of a motor car, where the risks are borne by others, for the vulnerability of the cyclist to the mistakes of motorists. The risks to the cyclist are not as high as they are often perceived and are counterbalanced by the health benefits of exercise. However, the perception, aided and reinforced by segregation and requirements for personal protection, feeds the reluctance of cyclists to take to the roads. Potential road cyclists as a consequence remain in the car or ride on the pavement. Mr Turner, no less than Ms Vesco, Mr Maynard, Mr Robinson and Mr Jorgensen, was a victim of the car culture.


It is crucial that when cyclists do take to the roads the risks to them posed by motorists are minimised. This requires a willingness to challenge the car culture. Police, prosecutors, Judges, and legislators have an important role to play in achieving this.



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