Half-term holiday, full-time mayhem! That is, judging from the common antisocial behaviour being perpetrated by some youngsters who have nothing worthwhile, it seems, to occupy their time.
Joy-riding seems to be the order of the day, whether it's on and off pavements, flashing past vulnerable pedestrians at full speed, with or, more commonly, without lights, going through red signals or even riding down one-way streets.
The streets are certainly alive, not unfortunately with the sounds of 'music', but with the sounds of screeching brakes. Just how much longer do we have to put up with this menace? It is not just push bikes, but mopeds and motor cycles that are a nuisance here, and although there are no doubt many who use a bicycle respectfully, there is also a sizeable minority who make life hell for pedestrians.
This problem is not solely confined to central London, I regularly witness bike riders flying down badly-lit side streets in my locality with no retribution in prospect as there is no visible 'bobby on the beat'. It has always seemed incredible to me that almost anyone can lay their hands on a bicycle or similar type of vehicle, which is what a bike is, not a toy as some seem to think, and it's off we go!
Are there not, or should there not be, some tests to undergo, a proficiency test, for example, particularly as bike riding becomes more and more endemic? Some of these amateur cyclists are not just a danger to others but to themselves, also.
The resources to tackling this problem seem grossly limited. A registration system is obviously required here. Regarding half-term holidays - are they needed? Especially when you consider the short time since the summer sojourn, and the similarly short time before the Christmas break? What is the point of these? Do the exam results justify this?
I look forward to some visible action regarding the misuse of bicycles such as on the spot fines and/or the confiscation of the offending object.
I Walker, Dalgarno Gardens