Bob Mionske, author of Bicycling & The Law, has extensively covered anti-cyclist bias here in the U.S. I’d assumed this was an issue unique to our country, but according to a recent article in the Independent, bicyclists in the U.K. are also underprotected by their police and court system. From the article:
Debra Rolfe, the campaign co-ordinator for CTC, said: “We don’t think the law does enough to protect cyclists. There are a lot of areas where the law frequently does let down cyclists — whether at the level of the police failing to collect enough evidence to the CPS not prosecuting or the courts often convicting to a lesser offence.
“This needs to change because it’s becoming clear that cycling is the answer to many of society’s ills — whether that be climate change, obesity or improving busy roads. Cyclists need to be treated like they belong on the roads.”
This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed wherever it exists.