03 January 2010
Innocence of kids: thinking bikes cause accidents
A campaign in the City of London was launched recently to remind cyclists to obey traffic signals.
Various signs and posters were designed by two children from a local school - Isla, aged 8, and Lola, aged 9. Apparently this was the idea of one their parents, who is evidently concerned about the Cycling Menace threatening their kids.
We went past one of the signs yesterday, fixed to a traffic signal on Fleet St (right). The charming work of Lola, aged 9, it asks cyclists to stop at red lights.
Now, this is all very well. Except that as recent studies confirmed, it's not cyclists busting lights that causes accidents. It's drivers ignoring the laws. Get that, Mrs Parent? Lola, aged 9, is much more at risk from errant motorists than she is from impatient cycle couriers.
So this version of the sign on the right is more the sort of thing I'd like to see.
Ah, the innocence of adults. Bless their little hearts.