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  • Why do people walk/jog against traffic ?
  • ticsmon
    Full Member

    Never understood why?

    Went round a blind bend today on a narrow road and had cyclists coming towards me on the other side and joggers coming at me on my side.

    Junkyard
    Free Member

    because they have read the highway code

    One can only react to cars if one can see them coming – granted being on the inside of a blind bend is inadvisable and the direct consequence of the advice

    EDIT: Actually a score draw

    Rule 2
    If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic. You should take extra care and

    be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light
    keep close to the side of the road.
    It may be safer to cross the road well before a sharp right-hand bend so that oncoming traffic has a better chance of seeing you. Cross back after the bend.

    cyclistm
    Full Member

    It’s in the highway code. So you can see cars coming and get out the way I guess.

    Moses
    Full Member

    The Highway Code, innit ?
    So that the walkers can see traffic approaching them, instead of having motor vehicles passing them from behind without warning.

    tomhoward
    Full Member

    What junky said. Edit, and everyone else…

    Following the advice rigidly, as opposed to applying a dollop of common sense, in your case.

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    hodgynd
    Free Member

    I’ve always understood that it’s so they can see as well as hear you coming and get out of the way ..as opposed to just hearing you

    csb
    Full Member

    So you get to look them in the eye before you’re mown down, rather than just rear ended.

    Onzadog
    Free Member

    A cyclist and a pedestrian using the highway at the same time. Inconceivable. I hope they didn’t cause you to have to slow your motor vehicle at all.

    simondbarnes
    Full Member

    Never understood why?

    Then you should never have been allowed to pass your driving test.

    ticsmon
    Full Member

    I’ll hand my license in

    Cougar
    Full Member

    Went round a blind bend today on a narrow road and had cyclists coming towards me on the other side and joggers coming at me on my side.

    Which of course is absolutely fine, because you were driving round a blind bend slowly enough to react.

    singlespeedstu
    Full Member

    I’ll hand my license in

    Please do.
    Basic rules are quite easy to follow.
    If you can’t even manage that it might be for the best.

    oldtalent
    Free Member

    Because there is absolutely no where else they can go for a jog obviously. Inconsiderate aholes.

    davidtaylforth
    Free Member

    Yeh it’s a piss take. They don’t even pay **** road tax.

    skids
    Free Member

    I always expect a cyclist or a walker on a blind bend and adjust my speed accordingly

    avdave2
    Full Member

    Thank god the sun wasn’t in your eyes!!!

    bensales
    Free Member

    davidtaylforth – Member
    Yeh it’s a piss take. They don’t even pay **** road tax.

    I jogged on the road today against traffic. Yesterday I paid £1200 in ‘road tax’. Where does that leave me?

    simondbarnes
    Full Member

    I’ll hand my license in

    Thanks. Wish more people would too.

    amedias
    Free Member

    I’ll hand my license in

    clearly this is in jest, but… then question is now, what kind of person are you:

    A) the kind who goes “huh? I wonder what else I’ve forgotten/don’t know” and goes off to re-read the HC to keep yourself up to date

    or

    B) the kind who carries on as before safe in the knowledge that you’re a good driver so there’s no need to revise occasionally to keep yourself fresh and up to date.

    😉 Happy new year from the smug-fest of STW!

    I had this discussion with someone at work a while back after a typical ‘2 abreast’ rant and explaining that it’s not only allowed but often safer and better for all to do so. I tried to politely point out that there might be other stuff in the HC that they’d forgotten and might be worth brushing up, naturally I got told to ‘eff off.

    thegreatape
    Free Member

    I have a soon to be 17 year old who is revising for her theory test by doing practice tests, not actually reading the HC – “none of my friends read it they just practiced the test” 🙄

    I actually hope she fails it, and the practical test, until she realises she’s not as great a driver as she thinks she’s going to be.

    zanelad
    Free Member

    Never understood why?

    Perhaps they don’t trust your driving and want a chance to jump out of the was as you take a call, text or use your phone as a sat nav.

    There’s nowt as queer as folk, as they say.

    n0b0dy0ftheg0at
    Free Member

    In case you recognise the driver, so you can smile and waive as they mow you down. 😉

    avdave2
    Full Member

    I jogged on the road today against traffic. Yesterday I paid £1200 in ‘road tax’. Where does that leave me?

    With an ability to read but very little capacity to understand. 🙂

    Just look again at who posted it.

    angeldust
    Free Member

    OP next time you have to make a decision, stop and think about it a bit longer, because you are not as intelligent as you think you are.

    Happy new year

    aracer
    Free Member

    😆 HNY dtf!

    ferrals
    Free Member

    Yesterday I paid £1200 in ‘road tax’. Where does that leave me?

    In the minority of those who still pay the tax now there’s no paper discs if the papers are to be believed

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    The last person who told me cyclist’s don’t pay road tax was driving a Prius. 😆

    andyl
    Free Member

    The last person who told me cyclist’s don’t pay road tax was driving a Prius.

    Well he/she was right, bloody Pruis driving know-it-alls 😉

    #nosuchthingasroadtax

    😀

    I have to admit I break the walking into traffic rule when walking down Cheddar Gorge as I walk down on the left as it has the best verge. But I do insist on crossing over before the blind bends to give us the best chance of not being taken out by some muppet on a car/motorbike/bicycle/driftscooter

    sockpuppet
    Full Member

    I even ran on the road the other day when there was a pavement *right there*

    It’s narrow, uneven, unlit and full of cars parked on the pavement and (usually on Sunday, or Monday, but not always…) wheels bins.

    Poopscoop
    Full Member

    ticsmon – Member
    Never understood why?

    Went round a blind bend today on a narrow road and had cyclists coming towards me on the other side and joggers coming at me on my side.

    You forgot the first rule of STW club.

    If you post a driving comment that even slightly infers you might, might have done something wrong, or be negligent of a fact you WILL be called arrogant and told to get off the road by all the other drivers that have never, ever made a mistake on the road. Ever. That also know the HC to the letter and really are perfect drivers. In every way.

    So in that spirit, can I ask if you drive a white BMW?

    Someone else will be along to ask you if you live in a modest house and have out side lighting shortly. 😀

    Onzadog
    Free Member

    While I’ll agree to a certain point, that it may well be people in glass houses throwing stones also consider it from the other side and the benefit it provides.

    First off, driving is a privilege, not a right. The whole country, if not the world, could benefit from an attitude shift on that.

    Secondly, after passing the L test, very few people actually bother to try and improve their driving skills, or even maintain the knowledge they had when they passed that L test. Watch cars turning right at a roundabout and you’ll see 3 do the same manoeuvre but come off that roundabout with all 3 different indicator options.

    Three, with changes in policing, most forces no longer have traffic specialists who have the power of discretion and could decide that a little road side chat might improve things out there. Without the sheffiffs, it’s getting more and more like the wild west.

    Four, short of don’t text and drive and don’t drink and drive, there’s very little in the way of public information campaigns now to help keep peoples driving standards up.

    What that all means, is that the STW specialist driving kangaroo court is about the only place I can think of, where driving behaviour is discussed. Given the effect poor driving can have on entire families in the blink of an eye, if hurting one persons feelings on a thread like this, causes one contributor, or forum lurker, to think a little more about how they behave on the road, then long may it continue.

    Sorry/not sorry for the rant, but having worked in traffic management/road safety for a local authority for a number of years, as well as being a DSA instructor and an advanced instructor, it’s a subject close to my heart.

    FunkyDunc
    Free Member

    Just for balance, I punish pass walkers who walk in the wrong side of the road in the countryside.

    In my silent electric eco car (no road tax) they don’t hear you coming so you can clip them with the wing mirror. Teaches them a lesson

    kerley
    Free Member

    First off, driving is a privilege, not a right. The whole country, if not the world, could benefit from an attitude shift on that.

    And that would be re-enforced by removing peoples licenses more readily. Even a bit of ‘careless’ driving resulting in a death will only have you off the road for a year or so.
    But unfortunately because of this

    Three, with changes in policing, most forces no longer have traffic specialists who have the power of discretion and could decide that a little road side chat might improve things out there.

    It wouldn’t make any difference anyway. As a teenager I was an irresponsible driver and I got stopped all the time because there were police around to stop me. The problem was I always got let off as I was polite, laughed at their ‘okay Nigel Mansell’ comments etc,. so my behaviour didn’t change. Taking my license away for 6 months would have been the best thing.

    CountZero
    Full Member

    Perhaps they don’t trust your driving and want a chance to jump out of the was as you take a call, text or use your phone as a sat nav.

    Sorry, you’ll have to explain the particular significance of that last bit, I use my phone as my satnav every day for my job, I had no idea that what I was doing was a crime!
    According to you, at any rate…

    richmars
    Full Member

    I use my phone as my satnav every day for my job, I had no idea that what I was doing was a crime!

    There appears to be some confusion on what is defined as ‘using a mobile phone’. Some people have been fined for using it as a sat nav.
    The wording in the law isn’t clear. There was a bit in one of the papers on Saturday.

    whitestone
    Free Member

    @Onzadog +1 to that.

    When I was learning to drive my parents and my driving instructor impressed upon me that passing the driving test was the minimum standard and that I should aim to improve after that. I probably have improved in some areas but not in others, hopefully I haven’t regressed too far in anything. I’m definitely not perfect.

    I’d like to see the excuse of “I need a driving licence for my job” being counted against drivers – if you need a licence for your job then you should be held to a higher standard not a lower one.

    Maybe a mandatory eye test with results sent to DVLA for anyone getting points on their licence. Of course The Daily Hate would characterise that as a “war on drivers” when in fact it’s a “campaign against bad drivers”

    zanelad
    Free Member

    Sorry, you’ll have to explain the particular significance of that last bit,

    No i don’t.

    epicyclo
    Full Member

    Walking against the flow of traffic does help you to identify the oncoming blind drivers, the speeding arseholes, and the texting twits.

    That gives you time to leap into the muddy ditch so you do not inconvenience them by holding them up with an accident enquiry, or almost as bad, force them to put a furious post up on dickheaddriverworld.com forum.

    Simple good manners from the ambulatory lower orders.

    bearnecessities
    Full Member

    What’s everyone so angry about?

    aracer
    Free Member

    Well to be fair, as far as their readership is concerned that would be accurate.

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