Should cyclists pay insurance to use public roads?

Written by: Jacqueline O’Donovan | Published:
Jacqueline O’Donovan, MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal
Pedestrians use the road due to necessity not choice. Cyclists and motorists share the road ...

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Jacqueline O'Donovan, MD of O'Donovan Waste Disposal, explains why she feels cyclists should change their behaviour when using public roads.

The Change.org petition calling for cyclists to hold insurance and pay road tax (online petition calling for cyclists to be obliged to hold insurance to use public roads,) has reached over 30,000 signatures – this is enough evidence to show the public’s discontent with the way in which cyclists and other vehicles share the road.

Change is certainly needed but the blame game has to stop; collaboration between the logistics &construction industry and cyclists, and an education for both sides, is paramount.

While I think it's impractical that cyclists must sit theory and practical tests in the same manner as drivers, they can help by not using earphones in both ears and wearing high visibility clothing. It’s amazing how many cyclists I see breaking these basic rules, like jumping red lights!

Cyclist insurance is also paramount so that drivers are equally protected if there is a collision caused by cyclist error.

I would like to see bikes issued with an individual ID number, to enable behaviours to change due to repercussions of illegal acts, such as jumping red lights and allowing fines to be issued where necessary.

There is a very real problem around road safety – cyclists and motorists have a joint responsibility to tackle it together.


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Pedestrians use the road due to necessity not choice. Cyclists and motorists share the road therefore there is a higher likelihood of a collision between the two.

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As an environmentalist I wholeheartedly support cycling. That said I witness, on a daily basis, cyclists cycling through red lights, wearing earphones, cycling at night without lights and cycling on the pavement which is illegal. Some cyclists seem to be in such a hurry they have developed an incredible skill of moving from road to pavement, across pedestrian crossings, back to road, through red lights, back on to pavement, slaloming through the city at great speed; an accident waiting to happen. If you are using the road then everyone needs to abide by the same rules.

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More motorists jump red lights than cyclists. Even more motorists are convicted for driving whilst using a mobile phone. Mike Rogers

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I see car drivers regularly go through red lights, even more motorists still using mobile phones. Cyclist Insurance, does this include children riding their bikes during school holidays?. I don't think so. Mike Rogers

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Cyclist insurance is also paramount so that drivers are equally protected if there is a collision caused by cyclist error. Should pedestrians also be insured then? How about animals? Ben Pearson

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