Wednesday, 24 January 2007

I like riding on my bike...

I feel a rant coming on.

What has happened to cycling and cyclists?

An extract from the Highway code and I've extracted just the mandatory items:

46: At night your cycle MUST have front and rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen.
Law RVLR regs 18 & 24

So why do some idiots cycle at night without lights and reflectors? Don't they know they could get killed? Idiots!

48: Cycle Tracks. These are normally located away from the road, but may occasionally be found alongside footpaths or pavements. Cyclists and pedestrians may be segregated or they may share the same space (unsegregated). When using segregated tracks you MUST keep to the side intended for cyclists. Take care when passing pedestrians, especially children, elderly or disabled people, and allow them plenty of room. Always be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary.
Law HA 1835 sect 72

So why did the idiots I saw the other day decide to cycle on the wrong side of the road? Don't they know they could get killed? Idiots!

50: You MUST obey all traffic signs and traffic light signals.
Laws RTA 1988 sect 36, TSRGD reg 10(1)

So why do some cyclists think traffic lights are just for cars? Don't they know they could get killed? Idiots!

53: You MUST NOT carry a passenger unless your cycle has been built or adapted to carry one hold on to a moving vehicle or trailer ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner ride when under the influence of drink or drugs.
Law RTA 1988 sects 24, 26, 28, 29 & 30 as amended by RTA 1991

So why do people cycle to the pub to avoid drink driving? Don't they know they could get killed? Idiots!

54: You MUST NOT cycle on a pavement. Do not leave your cycle where it would endanger or obstruct road users or pedestrians, for example, lying on the pavement. Use cycle parking facilities where provided.
Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S)A sect 129

So why, tell me why, cyclists think it's OK to cycle on the pavement? Walking along in the dark yesterday I heard a ping behind me. The sound came from a bike bell but it wasn't a ring, it was a ping and I didn't know what it was. When the rider came closer she apologised and said "I'm sorry. I hate doing that to people." And I nearly said "What, creeping up behind people and pinging, or riding illegally on the pavement?"

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