The other night, driving home from the office, a cyclist clipped my wing mirror, turned to look at me, decided I was fair game and sped off through the traffic. Now I know this isn’t very PC or for that matter environmentally friendly, but I have to say that I am getting pretty fed up with the cyclist brigade.
I only have admiration for anyone who is prepared to brave the elements and the London traffic on two wheels, but I have lately begun to feel that many cyclists think they own the road. The fact is, that paying car tax and congestion charge, I surely own more of the public highways than my two wheel friends. Not that I have any interest in owning the roads I should add, but I fully accept that as a road user, I have to pay for their upkeep and development.
Insult has of course been added to injury by the narrowing of many of London’s arteries by the creation of cycle lanes paid for by – well certainly not cyclists.
So here is my plan – a masterstroke dare I say it. I don’t know how many cyclists there are in the UK, although I have tried to find out, but it seems to me that the time has come to tax them. There, I’ve said it, and I feel much better for it. An annual tax, or levy, combined with a national register and a means of identification would I feel level the playing field. Who could really object to paying say £40 per year? The revenue raised could be substantial and it could, dare I say it, be used for cycling lessons!
Of course, no political party is likely to include a cycle tax in their next election manifesto – a sure vote loser if there ever was one.
Perhaps Boris Johnson might do it just for London – oh I forgot – he’s another bike rider.