I'm just saying...

Turning 40...now that was an interesting experience this past summer, did I feel any different? No. Did life begin at it? No. Was it an opportunity for friends and family alike to mercilessly ridicule me? Absolutely! I also decided to shamelessly celebrate it with lots and lots of food and drink -and not a lot of exercise.so it wasn't long before my wife and kids started waging a war of words and prods on my defenceless 'podge'.

Turning 40...now that was an interesting experience this past summer, did I feel any different? No. Did life begin at it? No. Was it an opportunity for friends and family alike to mercilessly ridicule me? Absolutely! I also decided to shamelessly celebrate it with lots and lots of food and drink -and not a lot of exercise.so it wasn't long before my wife and kids started waging a war of words and prods on my defenceless 'podge'.

Action needed to be taken, options were considered -adoption, divorce and gym memberships quickly cast aside. One answer remained -break out the bike and start cycling to work a few times a week... Hello exercise, hello quicker into work, hello money saved, hello small contribution to saving the planet and hello aching limbs!

But once you get past the first couple of excruciating weeks, the inevitable bout of bikers bum, the inability to communicate for 20 minutes on reaching your destination and being overtaken by other cyclists who must clearly be taking banned substances to go that quickly -it's actually enjoyable. I am now proud to describe myself as a motorist and a cyclist.

I've also had the obligatory couple of near misses with other road users - one with a bus (not recommended) and one with a car, one my fault and one not.

So it was with much interest that I read the recent article;

(Daily mail: Motorists-blamed-accidents-cyclists-fault)

Which in a nutshell says motorists will be legally at fault (and hence foot the bill) in any incident between them and a cyclist. Well I currently have a foot, and a pedal, in both camps and found this proposal quite barking. Are we seriously saying a bike can crash into my stationary car and its my fault?! Come on, really?

Now before I get volleys of abuse from cyclists let me just say that there are some motorists who don't pay enough attention to cyclists, don't give them enough room or enough respect - but there are also some cyclists who do dangerous things too such as going through red lights, weaving in between moving vehicles and so on.

I'm just saying, it's a shared road and a shared responsibility - so why would only motorists be held liable?!