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Photo 270/365: Night Cycling 
11th-Oct-2009 09:06 pm
Fair warning: the next person who abuses me, or allows their
passengers to do so, will have their number plate reported to the
Grampian Police. I obey the traffic laws assiduously, so should you.
Cycling is legal, like it or not.
11th-Oct-2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
12th-Oct-2009 06:23 am (UTC)
I don't know why it gets bad sometimes. Seems to go in waves.
12th-Oct-2009 08:44 am (UTC)
I took the bike out yesterday, came back swearing and furious about how awful so many car drivers are to cyclists.
13th-Oct-2009 10:13 am (UTC)
When I am driving, I give cyclists plenty of room, and I certainly don't do any crazy road rage stuff. While I'm sure you respect the rules of the road, the number of cyclists who cycle through red lights, the wrong way down one way streets, between road and pavement when it suits them (frequently with no lights when it's dark) makes my blood boil.

It doesn't help that there isn't a lot of infrastructure in place for cyclists in Aberdoom, and even where there is some provision it often takes the form of a cycle lane painted onto a road that's barely wide enough to accommodate a lane of cars in each direction as it is (Bedford Road springs to mind).

In the short term - some drivers need to be more patient, and some cyclists need to stop flouting the rules of the road. It's a vicious circle of cyclists feeling like they need to resort to these tactics because of feeling threatened by car drivers, and car drivers getting annoyed and less patient and sympathetic because of these transgressions. Who's going to clean up their act first?
13th-Oct-2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I agree with you in 99% of that, will have to tell you the provisos when I see you next. :)
13th-Oct-2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Agreed. The other night driving home from work I trailed a cyclist down a residential street--normally I would have passed him, but it was a fairly narrow street and I wanted to respect his space, not crowd him against parked cars, etc.

He proceeded to ride through three red lights, without even looking to see if there were oncoming cars.

Same neighbourhood, I've been flipped off by a cyclist when I honked at him for riding through several red lights in a row.

Sadly, our county has specifically legislated an exception in our state law, allowing cyclists to ride on the pavement. I can't count the number of times I've seen cyclists ride up to a stoplight, up on the pavement at full speed, scattering pedestrians, down the street and across a pedestrian crosswalk (where they should dismount) so as to avoid having to stop for cars who are trying to "share the road" with them.

I'm a cyclist and it makes *me* mad. So I'm sure that some drivers who do dangerous and inconsiderate things to cyclists are doing it in reaction to this sort of behaviour. (While other drivers are, of course, just selfish so-and-sos.)
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