Fair laws for cyclists aren’t controversial – but ‘death trap’ journalism which capitalises on misinformation is unforgivable

Today, The Telegraph published a story claiming that cyclists are turning roads into “death traps” by riding as fast as 52 miles per hour (mph) in 20mph zones. If true, this would be reckless. However, a simple check of the Strava segment in question shows the rider reportedly achieving this feat, over a 0.3% incline, on just 101 watts. Cyclists, everywhere, can recognise this could be a GPS glitch, not a superhuman display.

Cycling has dominated headlines in the UK in recent days – for all the wrong reasons – following an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill, which could see cyclists charged with ‘dangerous cycling’ sentenced with up to 14 years in prison. 

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