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sundave
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sundave
Cyclists and pavements.
8th February 2012 at 9:26AM
Listening to BBC Manchester Radio this morning there was a report of a cyclist knocked off his bike by a car, not unusual these days except this time the cyclist was riding on the pavement and the car mounted the pavement to pass stationary traffic.
Now then, call me old fashioned if you like but, when i go out on my bike i ride on the road and when i go out in my car i drive on the road because, the pavement is there for pedestrians. I'm not so innocent that i've never put two wheels on the pavement so that i don't block the road and i have ridden my bike on the path when there's no option but this incident left me wondering where my sympathies lie.
What about you?
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Coleman
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Coleman
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
8th February 2012 at 10:57AM
Tough one!

Both were in the wrong, but as much as i hate cyclists i have to say the driver was more so! How do you not see a cyclist and why wouldn't you be extra vigilant when your driving on a pavement!

Do the driver for dangerous driving and slap the cyclist with a fine for riding on the pavement!
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GillB
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GillB
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
8th February 2012 at 11:25AM

Easy, it's the cars fault.

Like Coleman, I'm no fan of cyclists either but for a cyclist to get hit on the pavement, then the cars driver must of been a lunatic. It sounds like the cyclist would of been no better off if he was on the road.

Maybe this was the very reason the cyclist was on the pavement in the first place? Thinking it was safer. You also have to think, could if of just as easily been a pedestrian?


Judging from the style of driving of cars on Bramall Moor Lane wanting to turn left at Sainsbury's, I can easily see how this happened, they seem to fly up onto the pavement without a second thought for anyone near by.

I assume that this wasn't a shared pavement for cyclists and pedestrians, like we have in various places in Stockport?
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nedsram
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nedsram
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
9th February 2012 at 9:54PM
Before you all sound off about cyclists, have a look at this link to the Times "save our cyclists" campaign. 13 killed so far this year and counting:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3306950.ece
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Coleman
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Coleman
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
10th February 2012 at 9:11AM
nedsram Wrote:

13 killed so far this year and counting


Best argument for banning Cyclists from roads I've ever heard!

I wonder how many car crashed they have caused too? And i'd bet none of them have any form of insurance to use the roads or formal training for that matter!
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Raod Angel
Drifter
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
10th February 2012 at 10:12AM
Cyclists are selfish.

A lot ignore red traffic lights.
A lot don't have lights fitted at night with no high viz clothing (particularly on BMLane)
A lot weave dangerously in traffic
They ride in pairs side by side.

About time they were made to be like the rest of us on the road. Licenced and full insurance was the law.

These are not children but adults doing this.

Unfortunately they tar the good ones with the same brush.
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Limecat
Banned
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
10th February 2012 at 9:35PM, Edit: 10th February 2012 at 10:18PM by Adora
nedsram Wrote:

Before you all sound off about cyclists, have a look at this link to the Times "save our cyclists" campaign. 13 killed so far this year and counting:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3306950.ece



Cyclists should **** off in my opinion (yes, I did put stars in - use your imagination). Tree-hugging muppets cause too many problems. They hold up traffic, they do not obey to the rules of the road which they pay NOTHING towards.

Someone I know hit one that had jumped a red light, loads of witnesses and still the piece of (insert word here) was able to claim off his insurance for injurys. It's a bloody joke.
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vege
Drifter
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
13th February 2012 at 7:37PM
was walking across the crossing to Torky park,all traffic was stopped with a police car first in the queue.just about to step off the crossing onto the pavement when a pratt on a bike shot straight in front of me,only a few inches from knocking me over.
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Super Guest
Drifter
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
13th February 2012 at 9:32PM
And what did the old plod do?
Let me guess........
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sundave
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sundave
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
24th February 2012 at 10:18AM
Radio Manchester once again at the forefront of debate regarding cycling on pavements, Heather Stott inviting phone-in comments on the illegal use of footpaths by cyclists, almost all callers would like them punished in some way and quite a few were of the Jeremy Clarkson ilk and would have them "SHOT".
Discuss!
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Coleman
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Coleman
Re: Cyclists and pavements.
24th February 2012 at 10:40AM
sundave Wrote:

quite a few were of the Jeremy Clarkson ilk and would have them "SHOT".
Discuss!


I would LOVE that job!
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