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ChrisEdu

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Coming home from hospital today, some gormless bellend of a youth, cycling on the pavement, suddenly swerved into the road alongside me, nearly hitting the car, so I hit the horn.

Mr Twathead turned to look at me as though to say, 'What? I dun nuffin rong!'

Of course, being a complete moron, he failed to realise there was a van in front of us. You can guess what happened next! Splat! He hit the rear lights and side of van, then carried on, back up on to pavement, looking at me as though it was all my fault, giving me the evils as I drove on.

To add to the irony, there was an ambulance and police attend an incident on the other side of the road a out another 20yds along the road.
 
That's cyclists for you.....
 
I hope you got that on Dashcam.
 
That's cyclists for you.....
To be fair, there were plenty of others on my way home. I don't think any of them were on the pavement, most wore helmets, none came close to causing an accident, and I didn't notice any of them wearing earphones.
 
I so wish you had a dash cam ...... Off to the shed to try and make a time machine ..... see you in - 1 Day ;)
 
Even dash cam not the be all and end all, need to upgrade mine. There’s a local railway bridge where the road narrows to single lane underneath, and there’s a bend so it’s blind both ways, so traffic light controlled. Lights went green on my side as I approached, so I proceeded only to have cyclist coming the other way through the red causing me to slam on brakes. Cue blast of horn followed by predictable abuse from cyclist

checked the dash cam, clearly shows my light green long before I arrive so other must be red before cyclist got there. Shows a blur of a cyclist coming towards me, misses the abuse completely as too narrow angle and too low resolution. Will be upgrading dash cam tout suite
 
Blasting your horn in anger at errant cyclists may land you in trouble. There was a recent case in the news of a lady pedestrian angrily shouting at a lady cycling towards her on the pavement. This caused the cyclist to swerve into the road where she was killed by a passing car. The pedestrian was jailed for manslaughter!
 
Blasting your horn in anger at errant cyclists may land you in trouble. There was a recent case in the news of a lady pedestrian angrily shouting at a lady cycling towards her on the pavement. This caused the cyclist to swerve into the road where she was killed by a passing car. The pedestrian was jailed for manslaughter!
A cyclist kills a pedestrian on the footway and they rightly get jailed,
we tell them to get off the footway and we get jailed.

Strange, upside down, back to front, screwed up times we live in.

Tbh if the dash cam had caught everything of the cyclist under the bridge, in hi def, and if the police had interest to identify the cyclist (which I would doubt) they might merely tell him / her / it that they were naughty. Wouldn't even get a detention after school.
 
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A cyclist kills a pedestrian on the footway and they rightly get jailed,
we tell them to get of the footway and we get jailed.

Strange, upside down, back to front, screwed up times we live in.

Tbh if the dash cam had caught everything of the cyclist under the bridge, in hi def, and if the police had interest to identify the cyclist (which I would doubt) they might merely tell him / her / it that they were naughty. Wouldn't even get a detention after school.
Interesting that the pedestrain is referred to by their lastname (Grey) and the cyclist is referred to by their firstname (Celia).
 
It really is a tragic incident, there appear to be only victims in this very sad situation. However in the video I can’t see any obvious demarcation to show that the pavement is split into a cycle path and pedestrian route. Had the lady who sadly passed away been riding in the road or even stopped before passing the pedestrian and street furniture then the outcome could have been very different. My instinct is that this is probably best classified as an accident - there are lots of contributing factors - I feel for everyone involved. RIP.
 
A cyclist kills a pedestrian on the footway and they rightly get jailed,
we tell them to get off the footway and we get jailed.

Strange, upside down, back to front, screwed up times we live in.

Tbh if the dash cam had caught everything of the cyclist under the bridge, in hi def, and if the police had interest to identify the cyclist (which I would doubt) they might merely tell him / her / it that they were naughty. Wouldn't even get a detention after school.
What the cyclist under the bridge could have claimed was that their chain jumped off after they’d passed a green light on their side, so they stopped to pop it back on then carried on cycling through the blind restriction later than planned.
 
A cyclist kills a pedestrian on the footway and they rightly get jailed,
we tell them to get off the footway and we get jailed.

Strange, upside down, back to front, screwed up times we live in.

Tbh if the dash cam had caught everything of the cyclist under the bridge, in hi def, and if the police had interest to identify the cyclist (which I would doubt) they might merely tell him / her / it that they were naughty. Wouldn't even get a detention after school.
What the cyclist under the bridge could have claimed was that their chain jumped off after they’d passed a green light on their side, so they stopped to pop it back on then carried on cycling through the blind restriction later than planned.
Nice idea, but wouldn’t excuse the abuse he gave me for being there, going through a green light and providing a warning of my presence via the horn as he wasn’t paying any attention

too many cyclists die on the road, far too many could be avoided if they took responsibility for their own safety rather than demand others do so. I’ve done advance motorcycle training, and taking responsibility for your own safety by not putting yourself in positions of danger is the first thing drummed home. Go through red lights, hide in lorry’s blind spots, force your way through traffic where there isn’t a gap……

as I biker I always remembered the adage that it didn’t matter who was in the right and who was in the wrong if I’m the one in the morgue
 
Blasting your horn in anger at errant cyclists may land you in trouble. There was a recent case in the news of a lady pedestrian angrily shouting at a lady cycling towards her on the pavement. This caused the cyclist to swerve into the road where she was killed by a passing car. The pedestrian was jailed for manslaughter!
Yup, strange world we live in - with the updated higwhat code having been hijacked by the cycling activist groups

but there is a difference between using your horn as a warning, and using it in anger. One of the questions on any insurance form relates as to whether you gave the other party any warning - maybe if we all write “no because I was scared I might get prosecuted for being angry “…🤪
 
Yup, strange world we live in - with the updated higwhat code having been hijacked by the cycling activist groups

but there is a difference between using your horn as a warning, and using it in anger. One of the questions on any insurance form relates as to whether you gave the other party any warning - maybe if we all write “no because I was scared I might get prosecuted for being angry “…🤪
Precisely why I hit the horn, to warn the pillock of my presence, seeing as he seemed oblivious to everything around him.
It beggars belief the number of people, cyclists, pedestrians, and even some motorists, that seem to consider it fine to have music blaring through headphones / earbuds whilst out in traffic, thus severally reducing their awareness of their surroundings.
 
as I biker I always remembered the adage that it didn’t matter who was in the right and who was in the wrong if I’m the one in the morgue
Probably my biking days that has imprinted it in my mind too. Even in my car I watch out for people getting it wrong when traffic lights say it’s clear for me to go. An extra second of caution may save years of discomfort.

(Reminds me of the time I was working in New Delhi and took a taxi back to our hotel with a couple of colleagues very late one night. The taxi driver had driven straight through the red lights at a couple of junctions, prompting me to relate the story of the Irish taxi driver doing the same whilst taking a punter from Heathrow to central London. I went on to tell them that as the Irishman approached a green light he braked sharply to a stop. His worried passenger asked him why, to which he replied “My brother Paddy is out driving tonight!”. At the very next junction in India our driver braked to a stop at green lights, resulting in raucous latter from the three of us in the back. We didn’t explain why!)
 

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