London mayor Ken Livingstons proposal to register cyclists and their bikes has infuriated cycling groups, who claim the law would go against the development of a more cycle-friendly urban environment. The mayors proposal to fit bikes with number plates comes in the wake of complaints from the public about inconsiderate cyclists who run red lights, ride on the footpath and ignore pedestrian crossings. The massive increase in the number of cyclists in London over the last five years up 50 per cent since 2000 with 450,000 cycle trips in London every day in 2006 has lead to increasing public concern over the law-breaking minority. Transport for London, which has invested around 25 million in the London Cycle Network this year, is soon to launch a Share the Road campaign to encourage drivers and cyclists alike to obey the Highway Code.
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