Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has received support from the motoring community after taking direct action against cyclists who weave their way erratically through traffic queues. Explaining that the wearing of brightly-coloured lycra and stupid-looking hats does not entitle cyclists to act like they own the road, Mr Grayling defended the right of the public to open passenger doors in the direct path of cyclists overtaking cars on the inside.
Explained a spokeswoman: ‘Mr Grayling is not advocating violence by drivers against these groups of irresponsible mounted terrorists just because they don’t pay his Department a single penny in fuel duty or road tax. It’s also because they take no account of the Highway Code whatsoever and they need to learn that they could get hurt if they cycle like idiots’.
Mr Grayling’s approach has the backing of the AA, whose statement on the subject encouraged its members to demonstrate patience, consideration and mutual respect at all times for all road users…except annoying cyclists.
However, the editor of Cycling Weekly, the self-righteous and inaccurately titled publication because they are ‘out there every bloody day’, was defiant: ‘Our readers are appalled at the Transport Secretary’s action and we are calling for him to go,’ he said. ‘Although I’ll admit our readership has increased over recent months because his Department can’t sort out the trains.’