Cyclists must become better at complying with road safety laws

TR Press UK - 22-05-2019

Cyclists must become better at complying with road safety laws

There will be no peace between motorists and cyclists until cyclists learn to comply with road safety laws. That’s the message from Team Rynkeby Foundation CEO Carl Erik Dalbøge.

”You take up too much space.” ”You don’t use the bike lanes.” “You run red lights.” “You think that you own the roads.”

Team Rynkeby Foundation CEO Carl Erik Dalbøge has heard them all from angry motorists.

And though motorists often have short fuses and use a harsh tone, the complaints aren’t far off the mark, the Team Rynkeby CEO acknowledges.

“We do a great deal to impress upon our cyclists that they need to comply with road safety laws. But I have to admit that we’re not entirely there yet,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge

“We often take up more space than we really need to. We have to improve at pulling in and singling out, and we need to be better at using the bike lanes when they are there. Motorists don’t know that large groups of cyclists are not obliged to use the bike lane, and this creates a lot of unnecessary conflicts,” he continues.

Fewer complaints about behaviour
To bring focus to the problem, Team Rynkeby Foundation has developed a set of road safety guidelines that all cyclists sign and promise to comply with. The charity cycling team has also prepared an informational video about cycling safety.

Team Rynkeby Foundation’s focus on cycling safety has reduced the number of complaints from angry motorists, but Carl Erik Dalbøge would like to see even more discipline from the yellow-clad charity cyclists.

“We are big and well-known, so we attract notice. That’s something our cyclists need to keep in mind when they are on the roads. Road traffic offenses not only compromise the safety of our cyclists. They are also damaging to the project’s reputation, and the hard work of our participants on behalf of critically ill children is also discredited when cyclists wearing our gear disregard the Road Traffic Act,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

We must start with ourselves
The Team Rynkeby CEO knows that it won’t be possible to improve the somewhat strained relationship between some motorists and cyclists from one day to the next.

But he hopes that more courteous and law-abiding behaviour among cyclists will also lead to a change in behaviour among the most aggressive drivers.

“I am in no way trying to defend the inconsiderate and aggressive behaviour that we encounter among some motorists. But I’m convinced that we can influence the atmosphere on the roads in a more positive direction if we start by changing our own behaviour and becoming more law-abiding and more courteous. If relations between motorists and cyclists are to improve – and they must – then we need to start with ourselves,” says Carl Erik Dalbøge.

In 2019, Team Rynkeby consists of 2,000 cyclists and 500 service volunteers distributed across 54 teams in seven countries. The charity cycling team will ride to Paris to raise money for children with critical illnesses from 29 June to 6 July 2019.

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