I LOOK forward each Saturday to sitting down to read The Yorkshire Post.
I especially enjoy Tom Richmond’s opinion piece. Every so often I have to laugh about his final small piece which will be about cyclists jumping red lights or breaking the speed limit as they speed through Otley.
I laugh because I can’t remember him taking the time to write about car drivers breaking the laws of the road, breaking speed limits, colliding with pedestrians or other road users, in some cases causing significant injury or even death. Not once can I recall a comment being made about motorists.
Of course, I shouldn’t laugh. This has serious consequences. The constant chipping away about the faults (usually perceived and not backed by evidence) of one group of road users and not others serves to demote them to the status of a second class road user.
The consequences of this can lead to aggressive driving around cyclists and, in extreme cases, lead to serious injury.
Please don’t misunderstand me. Not all cyclists (or motorists) are angels on the road, but one-sided, biased opinions about only one group of road users only promotes division.
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