New road safety laws have been proposed which will treat cyclists who kill pedestrians in the same manner as drivers.
This has caused anger within the cycling community, who see themselves as the most vulnerable road users. In fact, Britain’s roads are full of spats between cyclists and drivers, often shared with the masses on the likes of YouTube or other social media sites thanks to the innovation of dash-cam cameras and Go-Pros.
Car leasing company Cars on Demand ran a survey of 2,000 drivers and cyclists in the UK to take the pulse of what their relationships are really like… and they made some surprising discoveries.
When asked how they would rank their relationship with the each other out of 10 (ten being the most harmonious, and one being the least), overall, the drivers seemed to think things were much rosier than the cyclists did.
At 5.4/10, Milton Keynes, has among the poorest relationships between two and four wheel drivers.
On average, British drivers ranked their relationship with cyclists as a fairly healthy 6.1/10 – however, the cyclists weren’t quite so reciprocal, rating their relationship with drivers at a lowly 4.8. Perhaps riding a vehicle with only two wheels and no metal body protecting you makes you feel more vulnerable, and therefore less inclined to view a relationship with car drivers (who, let’s face it, can sometimes be aggressive on the roads) positively…
The nation’s capital came out with the worst overall drivers/cyclists relationships.
Their combined average is just 4.5. No surprise here really, given that traffic in London is the worst in the country; and fatalities and injuries to cyclists are worryingly common.