- Have we done Mumsnet’s cyclists argument?
Huh. Just Huh.
And Wow, too.
So now we have to be careful not to knock cyclists over, when driving past them.
Of course, they don’t have to be careful not to knock anyone over when they go through red traffic lights, do they?
As if they need more legislation in their favour. It absolutely enrages me.
It’s a hopefully clearly trolling take…Posted 3 months agotaxi25Member
Claim: “98% of cyclists run red lights.”
Actual figure: 5.9% of cyclists run red lights (with motorists at 5.6%).
I know the danger cyclists represent when they do the “carefull look both ways before” they jump the lights is minimal. But that 5.9% is absolutely a load of rubbish. Come to Cardiff its almost 100% amongst the just riding a bike rather than the commited cyclist group. I couldn’t care less if cyclists safely go through red lights (I do on occasion) but to say only a tiny percentage do is 😂😂😂😂😂
P.sPosted 3 months ago
Around here anyway, other places might differ.NicoMember
It always amazes me that threads on Mumsnet generally seem to stand up for cyclists a lot better and more regularly than the threads here.
Something to do with the testosterone levels?Posted 3 months ago
My favourite argument against cycling was “do you realise how much those bikes cost?”. I assume it was meant as “don’t feel sorry for them, they aren’t cycling because they can’t afford a car, they just do it to annoy car drivers”. This was from a woman in a Mercedes SUV.grumpyscullerSubscriber
Yeah, I’m forever knocking cars over when I get to lights.
My favourite argument against cycling was “do you realise how much those bikes cost?”
When our work was setting up the cycle to work scheme, someone in senior HR suggested that nobody needs a £500 bike to commute on. The riposte was that she doesn’t need a Q7…Posted 3 months ago
that 5.9% is absolutely a load of rubbish. Come to Cardiff its almost 100%
The figure comes from a (frankly questionable) survey done by Auto Express a few years ago. It was done at Highbury Corner, they counted 974 cyclists 58 of whom jumped the light. That was 5.955% when I went to school.
I don’t doubt the figure may be higher or lower at a given different junction, it’s hardly a rigorous survey (though still more rigorous than your anecdote where you’ve already cherry-picked “some cyclists” from the total) and there’s no reason to believe that that one junction is representative of the country as a whole. I do sincerely doubt however that it’s “almost 100%” wherever you are.Posted 3 months ago
I wonder actually whether London has a larger-than-average percentage of regular actual cyclists, commuters who have a degree of road awareness, whereas elsewhere in the country there’s a greater number of kids-on-bikes and other casual riders. It wouldn’t surprise me if outside of London the incidence of RLJing as a percentage of riders were actually higher.
Purely speculating, OFC.Posted 3 months ago
That t-shirt is excellent. Where can I get one?
In the past 🙂
I might do a re-run if I can find a reliable on-demand T-shirt printer. The one I used for the original run went under, and when I tried a second one I had to pull the whole thing rapidly because they were a total shambles.Posted 3 months agoRich_sSubscriber
I am fairly sure “funsponge” has a different meaning on Mumsnet.
Thanks. I’ve just had a monumental flashback to the story in “This is Going to Hurt: Diaries of a Junior Doctor” about the lady of the night losing a sponge up, er, her… chuff.
I won’t spoil the punchline for anyone who hasn’t read it.Posted 3 months agoFlaperonMember
I quite enjoyed the semi-hysterical rant from one person terrified that a cyclist filtering past them in slow traffic would result in a fine and three points. Disguised, obviously, in a concern that a bike clipping their car might damage it or injure them.
I assume the same people don’t walk close to parked cars in car parks.Posted 3 months ago
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