Thursday, January 24, 2008

Cyclists Be Damned!

Seeing as everyone right now is talking about Peter Hain I'm going to talk about something else instead. David Cameron and the running of red lights by cyclists - it may get a little ranty. I first read it in the Indy diary column this morning and it has now made it to the Evening Standard as a news story, but apparently, David Cameron ran a red light on his bike outside Parliament and got shouted at by a pedestrian.

What I will say is this, she shouldn't have shouted at him she should've stuck a stick through his spokes. That is what all cyclists deserve. If they think bendy buses can be dangerous they should see what pedestrian backlash can be like. Look, you might think that you're ever so environmental in a hippy tree-hugging way but compared to us bi-peds who use no machinery other than our own power you're not. Not that I walk to be a tree-hugging hippy you understand, perish the thought!

Cyclists are a law unto thembloodyselves and the way they ignore lights on pedestrian crossings shouldn't see them charged with road traffic offences it should see them beaten to within an inch of their lives. Just because you have a cycle lane it does not mean that the rules governing the crossing designed for those of us on foot do not apply to you. Luckily you wear a helmet so when you do crash after I lock your wheels up at least you will bounce comfortably. Perhaps though you should wear skateboard pads too though just in case.

Right, I feel much better now that I have got that off my chest.


Old BE said...

100% agreed although I would never condone violence ;-)

My walk into work is blighted by aggressive cyclists on pavements and tearing across junctions when the green man is supposed to be shepherding mere pedestrians.

Anonymous said...

No, not a 'stick through the spokes'. I carry an umbrella for that. Used it once; buggered the umbrella but oh what joy it caused amongst the massed ranks of we pedestrians.

Anonymous said...

I am a cyclist and I cycle through about 25% of red lights. There is usualy a 30 second window of opportunity after pedestrians have finished crossing and before cars have started driving that always seems tailormade for cyclists. In fact at some crossing there is a separate green cyclist symbol that makes good use of that very 30 seconds. I have been labouring under the illusion, false obviously, that if I spent that 30 seconds getting out of the way drivers would be pleased to have a clear way forward.

Elby the Beserk said...

Spot on, Dizzy. My delight - to knock pavement riders off their bikes with a judicious elbow; though, being out of the city, I harldy see it any more. Bristol abounded with the bounders.

Anonymous said...

Used to be a pedestrian and hated cyclists and cars.

Now I cycle and hate Pedestrians, cars, buses, lorries and cyclists. The road really should be just for me.

Seriously, cyclists have no excuse for not stopping at red lights - I have run one in my time on a bike. So, you have to break and then get going again - big deal. It reduces journey time by seconds. It is probably good for you too.

Agree 100% - can I have a badge to show that I don't deserve a beating from rampant pedestians?

Andy said...

Try your luck with me when 'm cycling Mr "View from the solent" and I'd dish out one fuck of a hiding!

Caroline Hunt said...

The trouble is everyone needs to spread a bit more good road karma. Unfortunately drivers, cyclists and pedestrians have to share the road - still doesn't mean I didn't get great satisfaction watching a policeman outside New Scotland Yard stop and shout at a cyclist who had just come the wrong way up a one way street and then turned onto the pavement. Out of all groups on the road cyclists have the least respect for the highway code in my experience! Sticks in the spokes it is.

Anonymous said...

*Cyclist writing*

The thing that annoys me about (other) cyclists is:
1. riding on the pavement
2. cycling after dark without lights.

Both of these are against the law, neither of them appear to be enforced by the (invisible) police.

For what it's worth, I don't jump red lights.

Anonymous said...

I'm a cyclist and I never run red lights. I think that is why I am a 60 year old cyclist.
Dizzy Thinks?

Anonymous said...

Its not a cyclist problem, or a pedestrian problem or a driver problem. Its a London problem, never have so many impatient rude assholes been crammed into one place.

Andy said...

As a cyclist I don't jump lights when there are pedestrians anywhere near but I see no point in being stood waiting while all the lights are red, then trying to pick up some speed whilst a lorry is halfway up my arse.

Anonymous said...

Browsing the 'Cycle Heaven' (bike shop) website, I came across a link to 'Stop At Red'.

"Stopatred is a campaign to improve the status of cycling in the eyes of the public and policy-makers alike, and to tackle the attitudes of those cyclists whose behaviour perpetuates the image of cyclists as a low-status social 'out-group' on wheels. Its specific focus is on the disregard of traffic signals."

John M Ward said...

I agree that many (though thankfully not all) cyclists these days are not fit to be on their bikes. Norman Tebbit would have a fit...

I learned how to ride properly, more than forty years ago. It is psychologically impossible for me to ride over a red light, or on the pavement, or any other of those behavioural issues that cyclists today seem to perpetrate so often.

Quite frankly, there are not only a danger but an embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

>I see no point in being stood waiting while all the lights are red,

Those of us who obey the law call it "obeying the law", Andy.

Anonymous said...

Surfing around, I came across an online report called Characteristics of the Regular Adult Bicycle User (1975), the 'findings and recommendations' page tells me that:

1. "A little over half of the respondents reported "always" obeying the laws while 47.3 percent "usually" do. A frequent comment by the respondents on this question discussed the common practice of "sliding" by STOP signs if no traffic was present."

2. "Respondents who "always" obeyed the law had an accident rate 38 percent lower than those who "usually" obey vehicle laws."