“The number of people killed per year by cyclists averages less than one. The number of cyclists killed per year by motor vehicles is around 120.
“We are not a menace. We are menaced. And that explains some of the cyclist behaviour that gets up people’s noses….
“You might say that even if we’re not a menace to other vehicles, we’re a menace to pedestrians. But again the figures don’t stand that up. Cyclists make up about 1 per cent of the traffic in London, and they also cause 1 per cent of the traffic injuries to pedestrians – almost exactly in proportion with their numbers. The injuries they cause are also, as you’d expect, disproportionately at the lower end of the scale.
However, Andrew Gilligan spoils a good argument when he thinks that the “mega-cycling cities” of Europe are Cambridge, Copenhagen and Berlin.
Over to you on that one, Mr Hembrow…