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Police 'treat cyclists better'.

CYCLISTS pedalling through red lights and riding on the pavement drive motorists wild.

An overwhelming 64% of road users said they saw people on bikes regularly weaving through the traffic, while 40% said they had had a near-miss with a cyclist in the last 12 months.

The poll, carried out by

www.motorinsurance.-co.uk, questioned 545 drivers about their experiences of cyclists.

More than a quarter (26%) of motorists said they often saw pedal bikes passing through red lights at pedestrian crossings, while 34% said cyclists were repeatedly seen on the pavement.

Two thirds of drivers (66%) said cyclists should be banned outright from going on them.

According to the poll, drivers also felt that people on bicycles were treated more favourably by police, with 48% saying they had seen police talking to drivers, compared with only 16% who had seen them speaking to cyclists.

The poll was carried out after the behaviour of cyclists was raised in a debate in the House of Lords last week.
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Date:Feb 2, 2006
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