Cars have been traveling at 180 miles per hour on public roads this weekend.

It’s the Monaco Grand Prix. Of course those roads are closed to normal traffic. It would be ridiculous to hold it on a road that’s open to the public. Motorsport has no place on our roads.

It’s not just motorsport, it would be crazy to practice ANY sport on a main road. If you played football or tennis on a dual carriageway, you’d probably be killed or seriously injured.

It’s strange then that there is one sport that’s practiced on the open road and it’s not even illegal. Far from it, it’s actually encouraged and promoted by governments and health organisations, even though it’s deadly.

I’m talking about cycling. Figures released by the Department for Transport show that cyclists are more than 17 TIMES more likely to be killed on the road than motorists. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, more than a hundred cyclists are killed on British roads every year and over three thousand are seriously injured.

The average cyclist is no more protected from being hit by a car traveling at 60 miles per hour than a tennis player. Ok, some of them do wear plastic hats but that flimsy Lycra that serious cyclists wear, offers less protection than the normal street clothes of pedestrians who spend most of their time on the pavement.

Cycling is a fabulous sport but like all other sports, it doesn’t belong on the road.

Professional cycling events are held on tracks or roads that have been closed off. No one would consider holding the Tour De France on an open public highway. It would make about as much sense as playing the FA Cup Final on the North Circular, Wimbledon on the A40 or not closing the streets of Monaco this weekend.

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