Comments: Soft saddle

It's the pavement cyclists who annoy me most. I remember being proud of being allowed to ride on the road. These days everyone is back on pavements as if they are all cycle paths.

I don't buy it that it is about safety. If they were truly safety conscious they would also worry about the safety of pedestrians and wouldn't cycle at speed over pedestrian crossings.

Posted by Mr BW on 5 September, 2018 at 9:05 AM

You are being a bit heavy there, BL. There are many worse people than cyclists, after all.

However, that said, you do seem to hear a lot of shouting as they go by - the people at the front of a peloton have to shout to make themselves heard by the people at the back, and vice versa.

What gets my goat is the amount of money being spent on cycleways, no doubt under government directions. If our local authority had as much money to spend as these cost, then there would be little reason for economy or service cuts. And then, when they are finished, they seem to get very little use, particularly in bad weather. Come the winter, there will be very few people on them at all.

Posted by Temp on 5 September, 2018 at 11:13 PM

"There are many worse people than cyclists, after all."

Depends where you live I suppose, Temp.

If I'd run into the lad on the bike with my car in the way he ran into me, I'd currently be in the middle of losing my NCB. It is quite wrong that there is no recourse for pedestrians who get hit by cyclists (and no way of getting their details). I still have no idea if there will be long term effects for my leg - but there could well be.

It's pairs of cyclists who shout the loudest at each other. No reason for it at all.

And cycleways? Around here they are planning new cities in open countryside without any mention of cycleways. There are no ways of putting cycleways down narrow country lanes, and many cyclists seem not to be car drivers and have no idea of the dangers they place themselves in when they ride 2 or 3 abreast across the width of twisty roads with blind corners. And as for those who wear all black - who seem to be increasing in numbers by the week...

Posted by Blue Witch on 6 September, 2018 at 7:51 AM

I must admit that I have run into a pedestrian when I was on a bicycle. I caught an old man behind the knees as he was pushing his barrow, and collected a real earful as a result. I had been pushing hard with my head down into a strong wind and did not look up in time. Mind you, that was over seventy years ago . . .

Enjoy your twisty lanes while you still have them, BW. With all the extra development coming your way, either they will be clogged up end to end with traffic, or they will be converted into four lane highways [with cycle lanes.]

That's progress.

Posted by Temp on 6 September, 2018 at 10:50 AM

If it happens, Temp, it won't be because we didn't try hard enough to stop it.

Fortunately, currently, the Planning Inspector is agreeing with well-informed locals. Plus, recent pronouncements by Kit Malthouse, Housing Minster, say that councils proposing new towns must demonstrate local acceptance of the proposals, a proper comprehensive engagement plan and strong evidence of local community engagement. Which ours haven't.

Posted by Blue Witch on 7 September, 2018 at 4:54 PM

I've often considered buying a really sturdy walking stick or cane for just such eventualities - a quick "slip" and the cane goes between the spokes.

Just remember to let it go, or you'll perform the same somersault as the rider...

Posted by Lyle on 11 September, 2018 at 8:11 AM

I've often considered a nice sturdy walking stick or cane, so that when faced with an idiot cyclist, one can "slip" and shove the cane through the spokes.

Just remember to let go of the cane, or you'll perform the same somersault that the rider does...

Posted by Lyle on 11 September, 2018 at 8:16 AM