Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Olympic Laura's War on Rogue Cyclists; I See Cyclists Weaving in and out of Buses ... and People Wonder Why They Get Hit

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Olympic Laura's War on Rogue Cyclists; I See Cyclists Weaving in and out of Buses ... and People Wonder Why They Get Hit

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Byline: Mark Blunden and Matthew Beard

DOUBLE Olympic champion Laura Trott today accused cyclists of being reckless and causing accidents by failing to obey the rules of the road.

The cycling gold medallist said she was shocked by how many rogue riders jumped lights and dangerously weaved through traffic -- and added that accidents were "not always the car's fault".

The star also insisted that laws must be brought in to make safety helmets compulsory for all riders as she spoke of how her sister, also a professional cyclist, had survived being knocked off her bike by wearing such a helmet.

The London 2012 champion spoke out on rider behaviour using the strongest terms yet in her role as the chief ambassador for the Mayor, who has expressed concern that cycling's image is being tarnished by an aggressive, Lycra-clad minority.

She told the Standard: "Cyclists wonder why they get a bad name. I see cyclists jumping in and out of the buses and people wonder why they get hit.

"It's not always the car's fault. Cyclists need to help themselves and should not jump red lights. I would ride in London but I certainly wouldn't ride like that, you just have to be careful. I can understand going down the outside of traffic but you should obey the rules of the road because we're all road users."

Fourteen cyclists were killed on London's streets last year and already there have been six deaths this year.

But City Hall says the streets will become much safer as Boris Johnson's [pounds sterling]913 million cycling fund is spent on schemes including a "superhighway" along the Embankment, linked to Amsterdam-style quiet roads in outer boroughs.

Accident blackspots such as major road junctions and roundabouts will benefit from bike-friendly measures.

Trott said the new infrastructure, which has escaped major government cuts, was overdue. …

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