A Labour peer has renewed calls for the introduction of cycling licences and insurance.
Calls have been rejected as recently as 2018, but Lord Winston reopened the debate, citing the “extremely aggressive” behaviour of some cyclists.
He said: “Most cyclists, of course, are conscientious and law abiding.”
“But an increasing number are extremely aggressive and avoid [the rules on] one-way streets, pedestrian crossings and red traffic lights – and from time to time they collide with pedestrians.
“In view of the fact that the government obviously wishes to encourage cycling, and I agree with that, should the government consider its obligation to improve public safety, and therefore implement some of these measures?”
‘Hoodlums in Lycra’
Tory Peer Lady Barran rejected the claim, insisting that only a “small minority” of riders were responsible for antisocial bike behaviour.
The controversial view was backed by a number in the House of Lords, including Labour peer
Lord Winston did however receive support from fellow Labour peer Lord Wills who suggested that current punishment measures against dangerous cyclists weren’t being sufficiently exercised.
Questioning Lord Barran’s lack of concern, Lord Wills said: “does the minister really think there is so little irresponsible cycling on pavements?
“And if she doesn’t think that, what is the government going to do to protect disabled people, vulnerable pensioners, mothers with buggies and many others from these hoodlums in Lycra?”
The government, however, have already ruled out the move claiming the implementation of such a system would be costly and complex, outweighing the potential benefits.