rusty bodie wrote:
When all you cyclists meet these conditions
1. Licence and compulsory training to prove that you're fit to be out on the public highway
2. Minimum third party insurance
3. Road tax to contribute like the rest of us who actually pay for the roads
4. Stop riding in and out of traffic like a bunch of suicidal tits
5. Clearly signal changes in direction
6. Have your bikes fitted with Functional side and brake lights
7. Registration plate for your bikes, and an annual safety check
That says it pretty much.
I'm always puzzled by the licence thing; why do so many car drivers think cyclists only cycle and don't have car, motorcycle or ever HGV licences. Bizarre!
I have to say I have had all the brake testing, kerb crushing antics in the past, I even had an old boy deliberately try to crush me against the kerb last year as I had managed to pass him while he sat in a short traffic queue. This was on Christmas Day.... and good will to all men to you too mate.
Passing then slowing down, turning or stopping is my bugbear. I had one last night, when an old boy overtook me right on the top of a steep climb I had just struggled up. This would have been fine if he had not then proceeded to crawl down the other side, nearly collecting me up the back as he braked back so hard for a corner part way down the hill. At the next, 90 degree left I was able to ride around the outside (safely) he was going that slow. Once on a main road and after I had covered about half a mile, he overtook me again, and a little further on he was sitting in a lay-by eyeballing me in his mirror and as I passed. If he fancied getting out and giving me a mouthful, he was too slow, as I was tapping along by then.
I drive tens of thousands of business miles a year, and see countless examples of unbelievable driving, which is why I don't take any of this stuff personally, as I worked out a long time ago that Joe Public is a moron.
"Try not to punch any clowns"