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Cyclists – Spawn of Satan or misunderstood?

24/09/2009

London CyclistIt never ceases to amaze me the death wish that some cyclists seem to have. They weave in and out of traffic cutting up cars and wobbling around in the blind spots of lorries and buses. They then wonder why so many are injured. They go up one way streets the wrong way and cannot seem to understand why pedestrians get so annoyed at being run over by the maniacs. Worst is when they plow through red lights at pedestrian crossings with no thought for the safety of pedestrians. Now, if they want to endanger their own lives, that’s fine with me just as long as they don’t do it anywhere near anyone else.

Now though, there is talk of making cars strictly liable for any incident involving a bicycle and a car irrespective of who was actually to blame. This is a bad move. The only result will be higher premiums for motorists. How about getting cyclists to bear some responsibility for their actions and cough up if they scratch a car or run over a young mum struggling with the shopping and two kids while trying to avoid being mown down by a maniac on a bike?

I was under the impression that household insurance policies had a “Personal Liability” section which covered this sort of thing but I may be wrong. If not, maybe it’s about time that cyclists had to carry some form of insurance? Maybe they could be required to take a test of their proficiency before they endanger the rest of us.

I remember taking just such a test before I was allowed to cycle on the road my myself when I was a child. A classic example occurred to me a couple of years ago. I was in my car in the right hand lane at the lights on a busy crossroads so I could co straight on. There was a “No right turn” sign clearly visible but this pair of numbskulls moved in front of me before the lights changed, wobbled out into he middle of the junction with no arm signals or indication of what they were trying to do and just stopped. This is what happens when they don't watch where they are goingThe looked a bit confused for a bit as they clearly weren’t about to be let through by the oncoming traffic so they just sat there with a load of cars and buses trailing back down the road. No idea of what they were doing, no consideration for anyone else. When I pointed out that there was no right turn they glared at me.

There are sensible cyclists who obey the rules of the road, indicate their intentions clearly and are courteous to other road users but the idiots give them all a bad name. I’m all for cycling being made more popular – there are health benefits for sure – as long as they behave in a civilised way.

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  1. michaelsicurello
    24/09/2009 at 15:40

    Your post title should have read” “Drivers are surely the spawn of satan.”

    For every idiot bicycle rider there are a million idiot drivers!

    Drivers who go into a temper tantrum if they have to slow down or yield to a bicyclist.

    Drivers who could be walking, cycling or using mass transit.

    Drivers who have nothing better to do than complain about bicyclists.

    There are idiots in all walks of life… perhaps we could slow down and forgive them for their transgressions.

    Have a great day!

    Michael

    • 24/09/2009 at 16:46

      I agree with you in so far as there are idiot drivers too. Road rage is a particular problem. Yelling at other road users for their stupidity is guaranteed to get the blood pressure rising and will drive you to an early grave (sorry).

      Ideally all road users would have courtesy for other road users and be aware of each other’s needs. Motorists wouldn’t tailgate a cyclist. Then again that cyclist would be riding at the left hand side of the lane and not wobbling around in the middle. Bus and lorry drivers would use their mirrors once in a while and cyclists would keep out of the blind spots.

      If any road user cuts up another it is bad manners at best, downright dangerous at worst. That is my point: a lot of cyclists don’t seem to care for their own safety and, lets face it, they are going to come off worst in an accident. They should be more careful and drivers should drive more defensively. When I drive, I assume everybody else is a moron and is about to do the most stupid thing possible. I try to anticipate stupidity from all users; cars, lorries, motorbike, cyclists and pedestrians. Makes life easier.

  2. michaelsicurello
    24/09/2009 at 16:53

    I ride a bicycle exactly as you drive: “I assume everybody else is a moron and is about to do the most stupid thing possible.”

    Its just a fact of life.

    Riding a bicycle is a wobbly affair for some, not all are gifted athletes. We have to remember that many bicyclists are passionate about reducing their carbon footprint, and getting in some exercise. We shouldn’t revile people like that.

    Cheers to you for your civility.

    Michael

  3. Mr Tyke
    25/09/2009 at 03:02

    Indeed. Cycling itself is not a bad thing. It is a healthy form of personal transport with a minimal Co2 footprint. Nothing wrong with it. Nothing against cyclists such as yourself who would seem to look out for other road users. Just save us from the Lycra-clad couriers and pedal warriors I keep having near misses with up in London. They seem to believe that the Highway Code does not apply to them seeing as they have some moral high ground by virtue of being a cyclist.

    No, I see all road users as sharing a common space and should respect each other accordingly. Red lights should be waited at, pedestrian crossings should be observed. Cycle lanes should not be parked in and potholes should be filled in. Both sides have a “right” to use the road.

  4. Dontmindme
    25/09/2009 at 21:24

    “Indeed. Cycling itself is not a bad thing.” I know you are new to blogging, but I dont think you need to announce yourself with such obvious nonsense 🙂

  5. 26/09/2009 at 03:15

    No, I’m sorry – Cycling, per se, is not a bad thing. What is bad is cyclists and drivers who are arseholes.

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