New PM On Biking
With the general election reaching its climax last week the British public decided that they were not too disappointed with the past eight years under Labour and decided to give Tony Blair another four years.
With this in mind what can the biking community expect from the not so new prime minister over the next four years?
Diesel Spills - The PM has said that tackling the issue of potentially lethal diesel spills on the roads will be of up-most importance. Mr Blair has acknowledged that these spills can be directly related to a large proportion of biking accidents that are contributing to increased online bike insurance costs. He has promised to work closely with the road authorities to eradicate the problem on the UK roads.
Car Drivers - Mr Blair also realises that in order to make bikers safer on the roads more has to be done to help and educated car drivers about motorbikes. He has suggested looking at moulding this education into car tests to give the driver a better awareness of vulnerable road users.
Bus Lanes - Usage of bus lanes by motorbikes has long been an issue for the biking community and Labour are presently in talks about the situation. Mr Blair has revealed that the early signs are very positive for bikers.
Road Conditions - Mr Blair has conceded that the present conditions of the UK roads need to be improved and has blamed their inheritance of a poor road network from the Conservatives as the reason for the inadequate road network. He has proposed that improvements will be carried out accordingly over time.
In general the news couldn't be better for bikers as the majority of issues that worry biker have seemed to be addressed. But hang on a minute doesn't this all sound a little familiar? Yes that's right you may have heard a similar speech eight years ago when Labour first came to power. In my opinion Labour has had eight years to sort out the poor road conditions, make a decision on bikes in bus lanes and educate drivers. Let's just hope that over the next four years they can meet some of the so far empty promises or suffer the consequences of loosing the biking communities vote at the next general election.