Thursday, March 09, 2006

Digging in my Heels

Yesterday I had a rant about cyclists because a dozy student who was cycling on the pavement hit me in the back. Now this seems to have caused a little controversy; I do not intend to defend my corner beyond reiterating what I said about those lunatic cyclists who refuse to obey the rules. These cyclists have no hesitation about cycling on pavements or through a red light whether it be a road junction or a pelican crossing, putting the lives of all around them, not to mention their own, in danger. I did not expand my thoughts because I was having a rant, but it seems that there is little margin for error when letting off steam. I know from experience just how bad it can be cycling these days having been almost thrown into the ditch by a truck when on a cycling holiday in the Czech Republic a couple of years back, and had I not had my wits about me would ineed have wound up in the said ditch. I am the first to admit that motorists are no saints, and that most drivers break the rules at times, but let's take it a step further, there are very, very few motorists who would even contemplate driving on the pavement and I include motor cyclists in that; so why should we make allowances for those cretinous morons who choose to cycle on pavements?

I am not saying that all cyclists are alike, the majority are very good at keeping themselves safe and respect the rules; it is only a minority that make it bad for everyone else. The thing which I cannot understand is why the Yellow Striped Traffic Vultures who see these unruly people cycling on pavements simply ignore them; after all they are quick enough to pounce on the driver who breaks the rules! I respect that handbook "The Highway Code", and consider myself to be a pretty safe driver, OK I may break the speed limit at times, and may park where I shouldn't if I want to drop something in a charity shop or pick up something I have purchased; however I, and I suspect the majority of other drivers, respect cyclists and give them plenty of room. This cannot be said of those who choose to cycle on pavements and in pedestrianised areas; this shows a general lack of respect for all the other people around them, and I for one will not tolerate it, so the next cyclist who hits me whilst cycling on the pavement may just find him/herself in a heap on the ground with his/her bicycle.

Update 7:04 pm

Hey folks I seem to be outnumbered here, see here, I only seem to have one supporter so if you feel like contributing to the debate feel free to wade right on in, that's unless you support the opposition of course!


Blogger The Blind-Winger Jones said...

I agree with you. The cycling/car debate sometimes descends into a two-wheels good, four-wheels bad dichotomy (and the other way round)that doesn't reflect the reality. There are conscientious cyclists and conscientious drivers, equally there are loons on two-wheels and on four.

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

I couldn't have put it better myself, there are bad apples in every barrel, but they are outnumbered by good ones - in this case it is the rotten ones that re getting it, but the others can't see what I am saying, or don't want to - actually they are probably trying to wind me up.

Thursday, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Just Jane said...

Hi! I'm probably being exceptionally dim, but I can't find an e-mail address for you. could you let me have one that I can use if you have a moment?

I'm on Many thanks!

Friday, March 10, 2006  
Blogger BondBloke said...

Is on its way Jane...

Friday, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Steve said...

I tried getting wellied into this one, but I found myself sitting on the fence.

Still... more comfortable than a racing saddle.

Friday, March 10, 2006  

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