Ignore paths at your peril
South Tyneside has a network of effective cycle paths created to enable cyclists to enjoy them for recreational activity or ride to work safely, untroubled by passing traffic and the dangerous draught from trucks and buses.
Why is it then, that there exists among cyclists, an arrogant, Lycra-clad, drop handlebar brigade that insist on riding on the road even where there is a perfectly safe parallel cycle path? By doing so, they endanger themselves and, selfishly, other road users. I’ve even seen them riding on the road through complex junctions where cyclists have previously had serious accidents, totally ignoring the remedial traffic actions put in place to prevent a recurrence.
Their actions are indefensible.
If you have ever suggested to one of these would-be “Tour de Francers” that they should use the provided cycle path, the response is often in a language that is most certainly not French.
In my opinion, as non-road tax payers, cyclists who ignore provided cycle paths should be heavily fined.