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  • Anyone be bothered to do this again? Daily Mail 'war on cyclists'…
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    The Lycra louts: MPs call for curbs on cyclists who put lives at risk

    Here's a good comment:

    'A stout walking stick thrown into their spokes will quickly stop them cycing illegally on footpaths. Literally.
    – L. G., Berkshire, 22/10/2009 08:32
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    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1222067/The-Lycra-louts-MPs-curbs-cyclists-lives-risk.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0UeK2lRfk

    Premier Icon allthepies
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    Premier Icon bombadillo
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    in think a lot of the comments are pretty fair.
    and i agree that if you ride on the pavement and get caught you should be fined on the spot, or your bike confiscated untill you pay the fine.

    Premier Icon GEDA
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    I am afraid its not the Daily mail this time but parliament bbc

    Many of the pavements in Lund where I live are shared and the junctions are raised so that you have the same right of way as the main road. The problem with the government in the UK is that they really don't want to do anything radical that will rock the boat.

    Premier Icon grumm
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    and i agree that if you ride on the pavement and get caught you should be fined on the spot, or your bike confiscated untill you pay the fine.

    Even when there are cycle lanes painted on the pavement?

    Premier Icon Adders69
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    At least it might be an idea to muck up the Daily Heil's voting system ….

    Premier Icon bombadillo
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    Even when there are cycle lanes painted on the pavement?

    pavement and designated cycling pavemant is a differant thing.
    cycling designated pavement end with markings.
    you know that surely.

    Premier Icon samuri
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    Anti-social cyclists are a potentially fatal hazard to themselves, other road users and pedestrians, say MPs.

    Whereas cars are an *actual* fatal hazard to themselves, other road users and pedestrians.

    These people really need to get some perspective. Over 3000 people are killed by cars every year in the UK, around 40 of those people were just walking down the pavement when a car drove onto it. "Cyclists ignore traffic lights", yeah yeah. So do the half a million drivers in London alone who get fixed penalty traffic light tickets every couple of years. I agree though, people riding on the pavement should be fined, they're breaking the law.

    Waste of time arguing though, stupid is as stupid does.

    Premier Icon grumm
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    pavement and designated cycling pavemant is a differant thing.
    cycling designated pavement end with markings.
    you know that surely.

    Yeah I suppose so. But it does kind of muddy the issue I think. Also our local chief of police said he doesn't see a problem with riding on pavements as long as it's done responsibly, ie where it's wide enough, not too busy, and not going too fast. Can't see the problem with that really.

    Premier Icon Mostly Balanced
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    I escort my 8 year old to school on our bikes. It's 95% cycle path but there's one short stretch of busy road where we ride on the pavement rather than send him out in the rush hour traffic. If you're polite and considerate then usually no-one grumbles.

    A few years ago, on our way to his previous school some old bloke with a walking stick had a go at me for riding with my son (then 5) through a park. Less than a minute later a little old lady on a step through shopper rode past him. He didn't bat an eyelid. How tempted was I?

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    trouble is, everyone on either side of this argument sounds like a tosser because the answer is that, in general, every group should GrowTFU, stop whining and MOST IMPORTANTLY behave a bit more considerately toward the others

    since that's not going to happen, I'm looking forward to many years of reppeating all these arguments

    (else we change the law, spot-fine all jaywalkers, pavement riders, RLJ's regardless of on car/bike/foot and let the govt run our lives even more)

    Premier Icon GEDA
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    scaredypants – I think the problem is our government does not run our lives enough. The point of a government is to make hard decisions that we could not make in a general Big Brother type vote. The Tories don't seem to mind making decisions that piss the other half off though.

    I would like a government that makes some hard decisions and take some radical policies instead of my life to a large extent being controlled by big business.

    Premier Icon bombadillo
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    the law is do not cycle on pedestrian footpaths.
    end of. ffs

    Premier Icon scaredypants
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    blimey GEDA, you've widened the debate a bit there – or is big business controlling your commute ?

    I do agree though, gov should grow some balls and make important decisions (though I'd add "and stop fannying about with minutiae like this")

    Premier Icon coffeeking
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    scaredypants – agreed
    GEDA – rubbish, there's no reason for the government to do more ruling, there are sensible rules there already, we just need people to enforce them isntead of making new ones.

    Premier Icon antigee
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    The Tories don't seem to mind making decisions that piss the other half off though.

    examples please of actual decisions i'm puzzled

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Poor cycling behaviour is potentially inconsiderate. Poor driving behaviour is potentially lethal.

    Premier Icon GEDA
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    In Sweden the government controls my commute by providing 100's of miles of lovely cycle friendly pavements and cycle ways.

    I think the government should really be saying how can we convert 1000's of miles of under used pavements to dual use so that we get people ou of cars and on to walking/ talking the bus.

    Premier Icon AndyP
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    Is that the cafe stop on a Bogtrotters ride?

    Premier Icon PeterPoddy
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    We should all log onto that Daily Mail forum and rip them to shreds in true STW stylee. Gotta stand up for ourselves. I've started, who's next? Where's TJ & SFB, they'd be perfik for this. 🙂

    Premier Icon GEDA
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    Tories – Privatisation, council house sell off, deregulation of rental market. I have no comment if those were good or bad things but still pretty radical, disadvantaged a whole lot of society and changed our society radically.

    Premier Icon GEDA
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    How radical is this? Sharing a pavement with bikes. There must be so many pavements like this in the UK and it should be a duty of the council to convert as many as possible to dual use

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    a cyclist going like a bat out of hell outside the Commons, dressed like Darth Vader, as they all do.

    I am really, really puzzled by this allegation. Fat chef James Martin accused cyclists of being dressed as Spiderman, which was peculiar but possible to get your head around. Now we have a member of parliament (no less) claiming we all dress like Lord Vader. I really, really cannot adjust my head to agree with this. 😀

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    The Tories don't seem to mind making decisions that piss the other half off though.

    examples please of actual decisions i'm puzzled

    Tories – Privatisation, council house sell off, deregulation of rental market.

    not sure if those were tough decisions or just following what at the time was a populist dogma

    Premier Icon meikle_partans
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    There must be so many pavements like this in the UK and it should be a duty of the council to convert as many as possible to dual use

    which would work if peds knew that they were shared use. i use one bit of shared use/cycle path on my way to work and it is a dangerous (for the peds) nightmare. they have ABSOLUTELY NO AWARENESS. i would like to travel faster than 4mph on my bike but i cant cause if i do people will go down.

    list of things:
    people backing away from each other to take photos into my path
    people seemingly choosing to walk down the cycle bit rather than the ped bit
    people walking three abreast so you have to slow right down get their attention, get them to move out the way
    people at bus stops putting their shopping in the cycle bit
    the list could go on for ever and ever

    but heres the rub
    one day i shouted at a guy for cycling on the pavement, turns out it was shared use and i didnt realise. how much of a dick did i feel. shared use are useless.

    Premier Icon samuri
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    Since that darth vader quote came from someone in London, where a great many people can be seen on bikes either in business suits or in their sisters jeans, I'm also extremely confused.

    Premier Icon Junkyard
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    as above realy sort out decent cycle lanes and all road users being a bit more considerate to each other is the answer. London does seem to have more than it's share of bad press about cyclists. Are there really than many bad cyclists?
    Round here the only people I see on pavements are people on Halfords type bikesus usually cycling fairly slowly.

    . Mr Curry [TORY MP]then related his experience of walking along a country road with his grandchildren.'You get from behind you a voice yelling "Clear the road!". There is a battalion of cyclists, coming at you like bats out of hell, expecting you to get out of the way as if they own the road.'

    SO he was walking on a road not facing on cominfg traffic (as per Highway code) and some one allerted them to their presence and suggested he move so as not to be run over.
    I agree **** cyclists BURN THEM

    Premier Icon coffeeking
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    Face masks, I think. Someone with a poor memory of films:

    Premier Icon atlaz
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    I'd agree with bombadillo, the law is clear about what is allowed and what isn't. Cyclists who don't obey the law risk penalties and apparently manage to tar all cyclists with the same brush.

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    We should all log onto that Daily Mail forum and rip them to shreds in true STW stylee. Gotta stand up for ourselves. I've started, who's next? Where's TJ & SFB, they'd be perfik for this.

    One comment made just to keep you happy 🙂

    I feel dirty now but may well go back later for another bite.

    Premier Icon west kipper
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    I think its cyclelanes that are creating this problem.
    Beginner cyclists are encouraged onto bikes reassured there is a joined up network of car-free routes, and then discover that the lane ends-dumping them at the worst part of a busy junction, or changing to a pathetic dual pavement. They therefore continue to use pavements for all their journeys, never graduating to using the road.
    Meanwhile motorists get used to having the road to themselves, and take exception, sometimes violently, to those who legally use the road.

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    Correct me if I am wrong(Am sure you all will) but it it not illegal to use any wheeler vehicle on a foot path?

    This was I belive the bylaw that was used to ban skateboards in many citys.

    I say we all get on the Daily mail site and campaign to ban push chairs under the same by law.

    If anyone can think of a more stupid yet plausible campaign waste there time with that instead.

    Yes there are some idiots on bikes out there and in cars and on foot..

    Lets ban walking, maybe if we could tax it?

    Premier Icon PeterPoddy
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    Nice one TJ, I thought of you because you're so good at making a reasoned argument. 🙂

    Premier Icon west kipper
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    A rhetorical question BTW, why do so many cyclists wear hi-viz and a potty hat to cycle on the pavement? Are they trying to draw even more attention to what they are doing?

    Premier Icon TandemJeremy
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    Yeah right PP! You mean I am an argumentative sod 🙂

    Premier Icon PeterPoddy
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    Yeah, that too. But you've been at it so long, you've pretty much perfected the noble are of being right all the time…. 😉 MrsPP is also good at that. 😉

    Premier Icon Junkyard
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    think I found your post TJ was it this one? Actually the post above yours …your internet reputation precedes you?

    IW agree that cycle helmets should be made law, after my son having an accident which was scary for us and for him…….This was on a private road over the back to where we live,bearing in mind there are no cycle paths in this area and I wouldnt dream of letting him ride on the road.The roads these days are far too busy for adults let alone children.At least if cycle helmets were made law then there would be far less accidents on our roads and pathways.

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    think I found your post TJ wa sit this one?

    Wasn't it the one with username 'tandemjeremy'?

    Premier Icon PeterPoddy
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    LOL! 😀

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    The “Lycra Lout” label is a misnomer really, most Lycra Clad cyclists in towns/cities in my experience are on the Road… the Anti social Cyclists bumbling about on busy pavements riding into people are not really serious cyclists (I’m making sweeping generalisations here I know)…

    As a Reading Resident I can almost guarantee if I were to take a trip down to the Oxford road any day of the week and hang about for a couple of hours I would almost definitely see someone riding a knackered old Raleigh Lizard with at least one if not both brakes disconnected to accommodate the buckled wheels, riding along the pavement, can of red stripe in one hand, plastic bag hanging off the other end of the bars, they will probably be passed by at least 2 police cars neither of which will stop to challenge what is basically a drunk on an unserviceable vehicle without brakes riding on a pavement, I’m sure Reading isn’t the only town in the UK where you could find this kind of scene.
    These are the “cyclists” that cause a danger and should be challenged and prosecuted, but don’t tar me with the same brush just because I own a bicycle….

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