Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Bloody Cyclists

I am getting to the point where I would like to put a complete ban on bicycles; why, because the people who ride them on pavements and in places designated for pedestrians only are becoming an absolute bloody menace. I have no problem with responsible cyclists, it is just those who are too ignorant, or too arrogant to obey the rules; mostly these are students tearing around with little or no regard for those around them, who frequently have to jump into the road to aviod these obnoxious cretins! The majority of these idiots have mp3 players plugged into their ears, so it is no use shouting at them as they are in blissful ignorance of all that is going on around them; so they are not only a danger to law abiding pedestrians but also to themselves. Naturally, these cretinous pillocks would be the first to shout out if such inconvenience as they inflict on others were to happen to them, of course with the maximum of indignance. My message to them is "Keep your poxy bikes on the bloody road where they belong!"

13 Comments:

Anonymous Jon Worth said...

Your rant did make me smile, and I am a cyclist myself! My own personal gripe is that cyclists never respect road rules, and especially red lights. It also seems that the provision of cycle lanes does not much help matters - in London at least...

On the other hand, I don't remember being infuriated by cyclists in Berlin or Stockholm, 2 cities with plety of bikes.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006  
Blogger BondBloke said...

Glad I brought a smile. It all came out of being hit from behind by one of these cretins this afternoon; here in Edinburgh there are plenty of cycle routes and cycle lanes for them to use. I had totally forgotten the no lights, and ignoring red lights that is also predominant here. Both BondWoman and myself are cyclists and abide by the rules, and it is good to hear from a fellow cyclist that I am not alone...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006  
Blogger mądry said...

Where, no doubt, they will be mown down by car drivers. Let’s bring some sanity (or counter rant) back here. Firstly Jon Worth’s statement about cyclists never respecting the rules of the road is clearly false – I presume he exempts himself (unless he is going in for a form of Maoist self-criticism) and, if we take Bondbloke’s comments at face value then at least he and Bondwoman obey the rules. All this is merely to state the obvious: that nowhere are there any figures actually deployed. I would like to see some accurate figures about rule breaking by motorists and cyclists. As a cyclist Bondbloke follows the rules – can he say honestly that he does that as a car driver? Given the fact that speed limits and parking regulations are ignored all the time, I would suggest that it is more likely that more car drivers break the rules than cyclists. I am quiet happy for the rules to be enforced but if we have to prioritise then I would suggest we put the effort into enforcing the rules in respect of motor traffic since that is clearly more dangerous - in fact, rather than banning cyclists banning motorists would be more appropriate.

This brings me to the cycle lanes in Edinburgh. Some of them are so sited (in the middle of the road) that there is not enough space for vehicles like buses in the space left for them, so they inevitably encroach on the lanes, making them too dangerous to use. On others parking is allowed at certain times which also vitiates their use. There are few which are totally protected from motor traffic. All this is without taking into account the lack of respect for the cycle lanes shown by a significant group of the motoring population. It seems that attacking those (undefined) number of cyclists who break the rules is fair game – but any attempt top enforce the motoring regulations with, for example speed cameras, and parking wardens, is an attack on civil liberties. One final rant; in the recent controversies about waste bins, one of the causes of concern was the diminution of parking spaces. When canvassed by opponents of the scheme, I was told that the fact that I did not care about the cutting of parking spaces was a result of my bias in that I did not own a car – as though their concern for the parking spaces was not biased by their ownership of cars!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006  
Blogger The Blind-Winger Jones said...

In my relatively brief blogging experience I've learnt that politics, religion, cycling and Gillian McKeith always provoke a spirited comment response !

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger roadrunner said...

Of course the most cunning device invented by the Edinburgh city mother-fathers (as it were) is the cycle lane that disappears just as the road narrows and the traffic increases (greatly) in volume. My particular favourite is the approach to the Dean Bridge heading west out of town. One minute your cycling down a well defined and relatively safe cycle path and the next your propelled into the mealstrom that is a 300 metre and very narrow bridge minus cycle path but with hordes of maniacal drivers intent on getting home in time for Neighbours. Not to mention giant maroon busses driven by competitors in the well known game of "see how close you can get to the back end of a bicycle". Luckily there is one escape route - which is to pitch yourself headlong over the parapet of the bridge and take your chances with a 300 ft fall into the Water of Leith.

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger BondBloke said...

And it was only an innocent rant because some cretinous pillock ran into my back on the pavement yesterday - cmon guys there has to be some margin for letting off steam...

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Jon Worth said...

I do definitely respect road rules on my bike! And have regularly shouted at cyclists who do not...

Parking on double yellow lines or something equivalent is generally not dangerous. But what would we think if cars regularly just jumped red lights? Further, after a friend was knocked down while crossing a pedestrian crossing when the green man was showing due to a cyclist not stopping, I think the point stands. It's also impossible to install cameras that would enable cyclists to be fined.

I also think - subjectively - that car drivers have no regard for cyclists in large part because cyclists think they are discriminated against and hence can hold up other traffic at will.

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger BondWoman said...

Now look what you've started Madry...It's actually incorrect to suggest that BondWoman always respects the rules of the road. There are a couple of red lights she plays fast and loose with (whilst taking elaborate care of any pedestrians in the vicinity), but nobody will tell BondBloke about that, will they? But then, we don't really know whether he respects the rules of the road or not because he is fanatical about not going on roads, but only on bike paths, and on those many paths in Edinburgh which are shared by cyclists and pedestrians. I can make two comments about BondBloke's cycling there: (1) it is not always a happy experience for those pedestrians who are sharing with him and (2) if you go out cycling with BondBloke, do remember it is largely a solitary experience. You usually find yourself several hundred metres behind him, staring at his rapidly disappearing form in the distance.

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger BondWoman said...

BTW which of the blog contributors will be the first to offer thoughts on Gillian McKeith? Now that would be a first for us.

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger BondBloke said...

Et tu BondWoman - it's a sad state of affairs when a bloke can' have a quiet rant without everyone gettin on his case _ and I do respect pedestrians when on a cycle; i always tell them to get out of the bloody way!

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger The Blind-Winger Jones said...

Perfectly reasonable rant if you ask me and if you can't have a rant on your own blog, then where can you ?

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger BondBloke said...

Thanks Martyn, that's exactly what I thought - I certainly didn't expect the oher team members to turn Judas on me...

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger BondWoman said...

Don't dish it out if you can't take it! I've just been informed to expect bread and water when I get home from work. Well, so what's changed, I ask?

Thursday, March 09, 2006  

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