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Friday morning gripes... [May. 16th, 2003|08:55 am]
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Cyclists...
Cyclists on the road are classified as "road users". This means they are subject to the Highway Code.

Therefore, at a red traffic light on a pedestrian crossing, you should stop. Not go through the red light and ALMOST KNOCK ME DOWN!!

I see it all the time as a driver and a pedestrian, that a fair proportion (though not all) of cyclists do not obey road signs and signals.

Umbrella owners...
People who use umbrellas have to realise that they take up a larger area around them than they usually would. Thus, if you hold your umbrella down on your head (as opposed to over it), you're is severe danger of TAKING MY SODDING EYE OUT!!

In both of the above incidents, I'm damn lucky I have quick reflexes!!
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[User Picture]From: crazybee
2003-05-16 01:27 am (UTC)
oh man dont start me off on cyclists.
I see it all the time and I have seen quiet a few times when the cyclist goes though a red light and gets hit by a car or other forgein body and seen the nasty results. For some reason they think they are super people and dont get hurt, but as soon as one gets knocked over loads of other cyclists come around and say it was the drivers fault when infact the cyclist went though the red light. Then in the following weeks you see flowers or some kind of sign near where it happened calling for drivers to look out for the sods.

I think cyclist should get tickets for going though red lights ect and fined and prison if they keep doing it.

Keep it real folks, and cyclists, stop being asswipes too
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2003-05-16 02:13 am (UTC)
*nods* equal law for all road users should be enforced.
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[User Picture]From: crazybee
2003-05-16 02:20 am (UTC)

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Definately, I have been saying that for yrs.

damn I'm almost ready to design a sign to go in the back of cars at the moment.

"Cyclist please be aware that you are road users and not immortal"

"Equal law and enforcement for ALL (that includes cycles) road users"
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[User Picture]From: grumpydave
2003-05-16 01:34 am (UTC)
My experience of cyclists is the same, they seem to ignore any rule that doesn't suit them (including basic things like "don't drive through red lights"). However if you want to test their knowledge of the highway code try sticking your car across a cycle-lane - I gurantee you'll be getting abuse and lectures about being an "inconsiderate road user" in no time.

Cyclists expect "the same amount of road space as a car"; I'm of the opinion that if they want that much room they should pay £160 road tax a year like I do, to "rent" my it of road space.

...I could go on about this , this is one of my pet rants - but shut up now.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2003-05-16 02:16 am (UTC)
*nod* I'm with you 100% there.

I have many pet peeves, including non-handsfree mobile phone users in cars... but I'm not even going to go there! I'd waste both mobile and iPAQ batteries on that!
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From: princesswannabe
2003-05-16 02:00 am (UTC)
I think its the law or in the highway code that if two cyclists are together they should ride one behind the other? Anyway yesterday on Shoreham Street which runs right behind Brammall Lane traffic was a nightmare because of the match, or at least thats what we thought. It turns out it was two cyclists riding side by side so that they were almost up to the central line! No cars could get past so the road was at an almost standstill! How ridiculous!
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2003-05-16 02:11 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, the law is on their side on this one. Cyclists are allowed to travel no more than 2 side-by-side.

However, that doesn't excuse stupidity and lack of consideration. You'd think they'd move out of the way when there is other traffic around?
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From: princesswannabe
2003-05-16 02:14 am (UTC)

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ah well i was wrong hehe but like you said you think they'd have moved over and like evilninja said if a car was hogging the road or their cycle lane they'd go beserk!
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[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2003-05-16 03:14 am (UTC)
TGIF, eh Dave?

;-)

And hey, I'm glad you said "not all" in your cyclist rant. Matt's a keen cyclist and he's very good at keeping to the highway code.

:-)
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[User Picture]From: oneeyedfreak
2003-05-16 04:20 am (UTC)

Re: Cyclists

Sad to hear they are as reckless over there. A freind of mine wanted canes and walking sticks to come back in fashion. Perfect things to jam into the spokes and send them flying over the handlebars.

As for umbrellas, why do people kind enough to share theirs, out of the blue, always have to be at least six inches shorter then me?
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