What kind of idiot rides a bike in that area? Is somebody with such questionable judgement fit to be a GP?As a pedestrian, I have lost count of the number of times I've narrowly avoided injury as a result of some inconsiderate or reckless cyclist. Accordingly, I believe all cyclists should be preceded by a pedestrian carrying a large red flag. Where do I sign to support that?The answer isn't yet more rules, regulations, laws or banning of things. We've had enough of that already.A bit more courtesy, consideration, care & attention wouldn't go amiss though. Ray.
What kind of idiot criticises someone for trying not to add to traffic congestion by using a push bike? Is somebody with such questioanble judgement fit to pass comment on someone's profesional status?Agree with courtesy, consideration, care and atteniton fully. Try showing some.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXznapqmulEThis is what we should be doing. It needs a clear plan, as Copenhagen has so successfully put into action, but it can be achieved.Of course people should cycle in London!But most will not even try without measures such as traffic calming and effective cycle lanes , with priority for cycles as is the case in Copenhagen.Just think of the advantages of more cycle use. Not only a reduction in pollution and in greenhouse gases, but also in unfitness,obesity and everything that goes with it. Cyclists are more likely to use local shops and to interact with their neighbours.Outdoor exercise even helps mental health. It is also equitable, as most people can afford some sort of bike and they cost almost nothing to runKeep cycling!
I am very sorry for Clare. I too am a cyclist, and can sympathise with her for the unfortunate events.But I have a thought: maybe Clare was trying to show by method acting the dangers of competition. Whereas her critique has generally been of those dangers in healthcare, maybe she was trying to illustrate the parallels in competition for road-space. The vulnerable get squashed.Maybe that also explains why Clare's own GP Practice/ Partnership (The Hurley Practice) have been so aggressively competing for contracts. This may be another selfless act by Clare and her partners to illustrate the dangers by personal sacrifice. So when they are tryingto partner with foreign companies or wearing down the shoe-leather by meeting with any hospital or PCT in London that will listen, with a view to opening urgent care/ walk-in centres, they are actually doing another altruistic act. This time they are not only illustrating the dangers of competition, they are also illustrating the dangers of fragmentation of care.I look forward to Clare and her partners' practical demonstrations of further dangers of the health reforms. Perhaps, next time they may chose the potential dangers in practice boundaries being eroded. This they could do by signing up patients from adjacent practice areas.All this profesional critique aside, I hope Clare gets better; and gets back on her bike. After all, the Royal College have a lot of criticisms of the white paper.
Some cyclists so rather put themselves at risk:http://vimeo.com/24136878
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