Cyclists, lose the Brockley high ground

Cyclists are brilliant. We reduce congestion, parking problems and the pollution that kills tens of thousands of Londoners each year. We make roads safer by reducing the number of cars on the road and we reduce crushing on trains by cutting the number of rail commuters.

We should be loved. And yet, we are hated by a small but vocal minority of people who bang on and on about cyclists jumping red lights, but will think nothing of breaking the 30mph speed limit every few minutes that they drive. We are beautiful, athletic tall poppies, there to be cut down and cut up at every junction.

So please do not give our critics ammunition by chaining your bikes to the handrail at Brockley Station when there is ample bike parking on the street below.