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#1 fiesta_lad

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 11:05 PM

what do people think about cycles on the road they do my head in all they do is get in your way whats your views

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#2 Jonny87

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:07 AM

what do people think about cycles on the road they do my head in all they do is get in your way whats your views



Fairly interesting question really. Cyclists do get on my nerves, but to be honest the only reason for this is because it frightens the life out of me that I'll hit them accidentally.

I have been a cyclist before, and I always cycled very defensively and carefully but I was hit by a motorist who wasn't looking where he was going, fortunately it was low speed. Four years ago I was a motorcyclist and was hit by a car running a red light. That time I was very unlucky and was in hospital for weeks and I couldn't walk for some months.

Now that I drive cars I find that I am very cautious around all cyclists and motorbikes. I always like to give bikes a lot of room when passing, and I tend to wait until its safe to pass. I usually aim to give cyclists a good couple of yards. Some idiots speed past them with less than a foot to spare. People just dont realise how bad the consequenses are of not giving cycles pleanty of room.

Cyclists aren't blameless of course so here are some tips for them
-If there is a cycle track use it
-If the footpath is desserted use the footpath (I know its illegal but if there is nobody on the path then theres no harm done)
-If cars are building up behind you, pull over and let the cars past. (This goes for tractors too lol)
-Signal when ever you're turning
-If you are cycling with others then do it single file, not next to each other across the whole road

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#3 fiesta_lad

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:37 AM

Fairly interesting question really. Cyclists do get on my nerves, but to be honest the only reason for this is because it frightens the life out of me that I'll hit them accidentally.

I have been a cyclist before, and I always cycled very defensively and carefully but I was hit by a motorist who wasn't looking where he was going, fortunately it was low speed. Four years ago I was a motorcyclist and was hit by a car running a red light. That time I was very unlucky and was in hospital for weeks and I couldn't walk for some months.

Now that I drive cars I find that I am very cautious around all cyclists and motorbikes. I always like to give bikes a lot of room when passing, and I tend to wait until its safe to pass. I usually aim to give cyclists a good couple of yards. Some idiots speed past them with less than a foot to spare. People just dont realise how bad the consequenses are of not giving cycles pleanty of room.

Cyclists aren't blameless of course so here are some tips for them
-If there is a cycle track use it
-If the footpath is desserted use the footpath (I know its illegal but if there is nobody on the path then theres no harm done)
-If cars are building up behind you, pull over and let the cars past. (This goes for tractors too lol)
-Signal when ever you're turning
-If you are cycling with others then do it single file, not next to each other across the whole road

Think Bike!


sorry to hear about that ive seen loads of times cyclists (i spelt that wrong before lol) kicking cars because they are driveing to close to them i could always rember once main road close to mine was down to one lane it was rush hour and the traffic was building up this cyclists on the road just would not move to let cars past you should of seen the !Removed! he cause so you can see my point were iam comeing from lol but yes your right think bikes what have you noiced all these adverts think bike think road safety etc are always on late at night why not show them through the day when people are awake lol

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:52 AM

sorry to hear about that ive seen loads of times cyclists (i spelt that wrong before lol) kicking cars because they are driveing to close to them i could always rember once main road close to mine was down to one lane it was rush hour and the traffic was building up this cyclists on the road just would not move to let cars past you should of seen the !Removed! he cause so you can see my point were iam comeing from lol but yes your right think bikes what have you noiced all these adverts think bike think road safety etc are always on late at night why not show them through the day when people are awake lol



I agree that sometimes cyclists are just inconsiderate, if they are holding up the traffic they really should pull over, for the sake of their own and everyone elses safety. I saw a white van almost run a motorbike off the road once, really thought he was a gonner lol but he held it together and caught up with the van because the lights went red, he smashed the drivers side window with his fist! (Probably not that hard to do as the knuckle armour on motorcycling gloves is as solid as a rock.) Not the right thing to do, obviously, but better than doing time for death by dangerous driving I suppose. Hope he learned his lesson.

I think the reasons those ads are on so late at night is because ofcom dont want the kids getting scared, got to think of the watershed!! lol

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 07:18 PM

i cycle and drive and once again there needs to be a bit of give and take on both sides we all share the road.None of us has the right to force others on or off to speed up or slow down.And just a note when you ride on the path pedestrians or not,the police can and do stop you . 40 fine and can impose points on your driving licence if you have one.So not always a good option.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 11:52 PM

i cycle and drive and once again there needs to be a bit of give and take on both sides we all share the road.None of us has the right to force others on or off to speed up or slow down.And just a note when you ride on the path pedestrians or not,the police can and do stop you . 40 fine and can impose points on your driving licence if you have one.So not always a good option.



Thoroughly agree with you Hendrix. Had no idea about the license points thing though! Must be quite a bad cycling offence to get that!

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 06:57 AM

Plod has a hard job,best friends when you need them,worst enemy when you dont. They can impose points but like you say bet you would have to do somthing really stupid. The fine however is pretty regular in central london.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 08:20 AM

What I dont get is why this is posted in maintainance???

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 12:25 PM

What I dont get is why this is posted in maintainance???



SY99 I was thinking the same thing.... OP posted at 12:05am, maybe drunk? :blink:

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:38 PM

SY99 I was thinking the same thing.... OP posted at 12:05am, maybe drunk? :blink:


not drunk me lol

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:48 PM

not drunk me lol



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Posted 28 April 2009 - 12:32 AM

ho! ho! ho! merry Christmas!


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Posted 30 April 2009 - 01:37 PM

is it august bank holiday yet ?

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 01:46 PM

is it august bank holiday yet ?



You have got to be kidding me hendrix! That was last week! :blink:



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Posted 03 May 2009 - 02:16 PM

Had a bunch of cyclists once coming back from Keswick up to the M6, turned a corner and there were 5 of the bu**ers in a line across the road all happily yapping away to each other in their 'nice' cycling outfits!!! (And they wonder how they have accidents). These weren't kids either, these were adults aged about 30 odd years old, you'd think they had more sence!

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