Cyclists: Stay Back

A sticker with the above words is placed on the back of every bus operating in London. Why do we need a sticker on the back of a bus telling people how to ride a bike?

Trucks have this message on their rear end: ‘Cyclists: beware of passing this vehicle on the inside’.

When I was 12 I cycled from Upper Poppleton to school in York. The route took me past the factory of the British Sugar Corporation, which processed locally harvested sugar beet. The challenge was to make sure that the sugar beet did not land on my head. The trucks did not display any warnings related to passing on the inside. There were many buses along the route, and somehow I was not flattened by one, not even once.

There are of course many cyclist deaths in London because there are few cycleways. However, what has happened that we now need to tell people how to cycle, when it always was a matter of commonsense? Maybe it prevents the surviving relatives suing the bus or truck operators if their relative is squashed under the number 73 to Kings Cross.

My daughter just did her Cycling Proficiency Training at school; perhaps all mature cyclists should re-sit the training they did.

Author: Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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