TFL figures seem to suggest that only around 6% of incidents were the fault of the cyclist. Even the leader of the Met is saying that large vehicles are the problem - lorries make up around 5% of the London traffic but around 50% of cyclist deaths have involved lorries.
In terms of safety, I have some sympathy with the LCC 'smart roads' plan where busy roads would have a separated (or partially separated) cycle path, not just some painted section, which is frequently ignored by drivers.
I've heard all the stuff about irresponsible cyclists (red-light jumpers, riding on pavements, etc.) and it's not that helpful. I'm not a driver but I would guess that most of them have occasionally broken the Highway Code and way too many pedestrians cross the road without looking properly so no-one clearly has the moral high ground here.
Sadly this isn't a problem that is going to go away any time soon.
- Vichy is a lovely town to visit for a few days & easily accessible
- Race HQ in the town itself so easy to get to for those of us without cars
- The organisation was superb, flexible and friendly
- If the weather is with you, this would be a fast & easy course
- From what I’ve heard, relatively cheap at 300 Euro entry fee
Cons of the race
- Cars. This was not a closed-road race (despite being advertised as such) and there were loads on the 2nd lap including 1 that I had to swerve to avoid as the driver came into my lane to overtake
- Some of the marshals on the 2nd lap of the bike course weren’t paying attention so I had to ask which way to go more than once. I know it’s a long day for many of them but the guys at the back deserve as much respect & attention as the ones at the front
- I wasn’t particularly happy with the lack of signage after the food tent. It was dark at this stage and trying to get your stuff back was confusing (for me, anyway).