Seveonaks councillor Larry Abraham the target of outrage from UK cyclists
ANGRY cyclists from across the country have rounded on a pair of "idiot" Sevenoaks District councillors they say need "educating".
Last week we covered a debate where Larry Abraham, and to a lesser extent Alison Cook, questioned whether cyclists should be on our roads and whether they should pay for the privilege. Mr Abraham said bikes are "more dangerous than any car I've ever seen".
The article has sparked nationwide responses. Some of the cleaner words posted on internet discussion forums describe the pair as "ignorant", "malicious", "ill-informed", "prejudiced" and "stupid".
Carlton Reid, editor of cycling website IPayRoadTax.com, wrote: "Those two local councillors could start by paying a visit to their closest A&E and ask how many locals have been killed by drivers in recent years, and how many by cyclists."
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John Bott, from Gloucestershire, wrote on http://road.cc: "Reading such drivel as bicycles being more dangerous than cars makes me both angry and sad.
"As things stand at the moment it appears if you want to kill somebody all you need to do is run them down in a car while they are riding a bicycle. The going rate of punishment seems to be a two-year driving ban and some community service."
A contributor called cjc119 added: "If Mr Abraham had taken up cycling at a younger age he wouldn't be the ill-informed, fat bag of wind he is today."
Mr Andrew posted: "The poor sod is probably just poorly educated and badly informed."
'Emla' described Mr Abraham as "another ill-informed nobody with way too much power at their fingertips".
And 'LondonCalling' said: "I love cycling in Kent. Beautiful place. These idiot councillors don't deserve it."
Mr Abraham and Mrs Cook's comments came at a meeting of Sevenoaks District Council's environment select committee on August 31. Mr Abraham voted against expanding cycling provision in the area, while Mrs Cook is concerned some cyclists are not riding safely.
Both suggested charging a form of cyclists' road tax.
We contacted both to expand on their comments this week but Mr Abraham refused to talk further.
He has told others he was simply expressing his "personal opinion" at the meeting.
Mrs Cook said: "I'm certainly not anti-cycling, and I agree with a lot of what the Sevenoaks Cycling Forum told us. But a friend of mine was knocked down walking along a shared walking and cycling path and she was hurt quite badly."
For more, see letters page 21.