Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I've always known cyclists acted as if they were above the law, but, until now, I hadn't realised they actually were. This terrible story with the lead character of Jason Howard who shouted 'Move, I'm not stopping' prior to killing Rhiannon Bennett reveals that killers on two wheels can get away with a fine of £2,200. If he'd been in a car, he would now be in prison. The other day I was near Edgware Road and turned when somebody shouted. A man was lying on the floor and the cyclist who had hit him was cycling on shouting 'look at the lights!' Even if it had been the pedestrian's fault, - I had no way of knowing - a human being - ie not a cyclist - would have stopped to see if he was okay. 'Arrogant' is the word the judge applied to Howard. It is the besetting sin of the cyclists who fling themselves about the streets of London, in doing so risking my freedom - I would doubtless be jailed if one flung himself in front of me and I hit him - and sanity. The Howard case might/should change all that.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 12:37 pm