Cyclists are target of safety campaign

Cyclists are target of safety campaign

Cyclists are target of safety campaign

First published in News

DOZENS of cyclists have been stopped and given safety advice as part of an Essex Police campaign.

Operation Bluenose aims to find riders at risk and urge them to use more safety equipment such as lights, helmets and high visibility clothing.

Essex Police Casualty Reduction Section have stopped more than 120 cyclists in Basildon, mainly around the industrial areas of Cranes Farm Road and Burnt Mills.

January, February and March are the months when road collisions involving cyclists increase, mainly during dark evenings when people cycle home from school, college or work.

In the first three months of2013 there was a 50 per cent increase in recorded casualties in the Basildon area.

Officers are also using social media to ask cyclists to identify which areas and cycle routes should be investigated.

Sgt Graham Freeman, who is running the operation, said: “The vast majority of people we stopped were very receptive and those who were fully complying with the law were most impressed that Essex Police was tackling the problem.

“The majority of those who had no lights or reflective clothing assured us they would have some as quickly as possible. Only a few people had to be reminded there would be a £50 fine if they failed to comply and were stopped and warned for a second time.

“About 50 per cent had no lights and were given verbal warnings.

About 50 per cent had no reflective clothing and 75 per cent had no cycle helmet.

“The approach was initially to stop and educate cyclists including those riding without lights, on footpaths, in pedestrian-only areas or riding the wrong way down one-way streets. We will also be handing out the ‘Let’s Look Out For Each Other’ literature when talking with people.

“We will also be showing riders a map which outlines where the cycle road collision have happened in their areas. Our stop checks will be at some of these collision sites so showing a map will have much more of an impact than just giving words of advice.

“If further action is deemed necessary to drive home the need for improved safety, we will issue fixed penalty tickets.”

Officers will be carrying out similar stop checks on cyclists in Harlow, Chelmsford and Colchester until the end of March.

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9:12am Sun 26 Jan 14

Nebs says...

What about coming to Southend.
What about coming to Southend. Nebs
  • Score: 9

9:46am Sun 26 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

Stop them and fine them if they are breaking the law, else leave them to go about their lawful business.

More unnecessary busy bodying and nannying.

Waste of time, money and effort.

Have you seen those tubs of lard outside Shenfield station? - if they spent a bit more time chasing proper criminals they wouldn't be so bloody fat.
Stop them and fine them if they are breaking the law, else leave them to go about their lawful business. More unnecessary busy bodying and nannying. Waste of time, money and effort. Have you seen those tubs of lard outside Shenfield station? - if they spent a bit more time chasing proper criminals they wouldn't be so bloody fat. RochfordRob
  • Score: -6

11:02am Sun 26 Jan 14

I hate the pigs says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Stop them and fine them if they are breaking the law, else leave them to go about their lawful business.

More unnecessary busy bodying and nannying.

Waste of time, money and effort.

Have you seen those tubs of lard outside Shenfield station? - if they spent a bit more time chasing proper criminals they wouldn't be so bloody fat.
I agree with you. It's a push bike for god sake. The government are trying to increase cycling, then you get pulled over and potentially fined. I always blast through red lights and ride recklessly, simply because I'm a young lad and have an expensive bike too. Like to see these dounut eating fattys chase me on a bike. No chance. I'll even give them a headstart.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Stop them and fine them if they are breaking the law, else leave them to go about their lawful business. More unnecessary busy bodying and nannying. Waste of time, money and effort. Have you seen those tubs of lard outside Shenfield station? - if they spent a bit more time chasing proper criminals they wouldn't be so bloody fat.[/p][/quote]I agree with you. It's a push bike for god sake. The government are trying to increase cycling, then you get pulled over and potentially fined. I always blast through red lights and ride recklessly, simply because I'm a young lad and have an expensive bike too. Like to see these dounut eating fattys chase me on a bike. No chance. I'll even give them a headstart. I hate the pigs
  • Score: -18

11:33am Sun 26 Jan 14

typhoon32 says...

I'm a young cyclist it angers me seeing idiots without helmets, flying through red lights and riding without lights at night! and without due care and proper attention. Trying to beat a PB on strava vs safety bit of a no brainer or at least it should be.
I don't want to attack my fellow cyclists the majority are great and abide by highway code and the common sense code but the minority spoil without any brain cells spoil it as always.

And no road tax battles for those that absolutely hate cyclists please I pay £420 a year so if I want to ride on the road I think i've earn it.
I'm a young cyclist it angers me seeing idiots without helmets, flying through red lights and riding without lights at night! and without due care and proper attention. Trying to beat a PB on strava vs safety bit of a no brainer or at least it should be. I don't want to attack my fellow cyclists the majority are great and abide by highway code and the common sense code but the minority spoil without any brain cells spoil it as always. And no road tax battles for those that absolutely hate cyclists please I pay £420 a year so if I want to ride on the road I think i've earn it. typhoon32
  • Score: 4

12:01pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Nelly99 says...

Well there are different types of cyclists. Those who just want to get around cheaply and don't bother anybody and the weigh anchors who think they are Eddie Mercx and hammer along at ridiculous speeds often in the middle of the road whilst dressed like overstuffed condoms and regardless of anybody around them! And Mr Typhoon, yes please do ride on the road and not on the pavement.
Well there are different types of cyclists. Those who just want to get around cheaply and don't bother anybody and the weigh anchors who think they are Eddie Mercx and hammer along at ridiculous speeds often in the middle of the road whilst dressed like overstuffed condoms and regardless of anybody around them! And Mr Typhoon, yes please do ride on the road and not on the pavement. Nelly99
  • Score: 4

12:15pm Sun 26 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

typhoon32 wrote:
I'm a young cyclist it angers me seeing idiots without helmets, flying through red lights and riding without lights at night! and without due care and proper attention. Trying to beat a PB on strava vs safety bit of a no brainer or at least it should be.
I don't want to attack my fellow cyclists the majority are great and abide by highway code and the common sense code but the minority spoil without any brain cells spoil it as always.

And no road tax battles for those that absolutely hate cyclists please I pay £420 a year so if I want to ride on the road I think i've earn it.
I couldn't give a toss, about those dimwitted cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]typhoon32[/bold] wrote: I'm a young cyclist it angers me seeing idiots without helmets, flying through red lights and riding without lights at night! and without due care and proper attention. Trying to beat a PB on strava vs safety bit of a no brainer or at least it should be. I don't want to attack my fellow cyclists the majority are great and abide by highway code and the common sense code but the minority spoil without any brain cells spoil it as always. And no road tax battles for those that absolutely hate cyclists please I pay £420 a year so if I want to ride on the road I think i've earn it.[/p][/quote]I couldn't give a toss, about those dimwitted cyclists. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Sun 26 Jan 14

emcee says...

Cyclist should, indeed, be stopped for having no lights or riding on a footpath but having no reflective clothing or helmet is a personal choice and it is not the job of police to interfere with a cyclist's lawful travel just so they can offer "advice".
I wonder how many pedestrians would complain if they were "detained" and offered safety advice.
Cyclist should, indeed, be stopped for having no lights or riding on a footpath but having no reflective clothing or helmet is a personal choice and it is not the job of police to interfere with a cyclist's lawful travel just so they can offer "advice". I wonder how many pedestrians would complain if they were "detained" and offered safety advice. emcee
  • Score: 5

1:37pm Sun 26 Jan 14

I hate the pigs says...

typhoon32 wrote:
I'm a young cyclist it angers me seeing idiots without helmets, flying through red lights and riding without lights at night! and without due care and proper attention. Trying to beat a PB on strava vs safety bit of a no brainer or at least it should be.
I don't want to attack my fellow cyclists the majority are great and abide by highway code and the common sense code but the minority spoil without any brain cells spoil it as always.

And no road tax battles for those that absolutely hate cyclists please I pay £420 a year so if I want to ride on the road I think i've earn it.
Again, it's personal choice if I want to blast through red lights. It's safer I think as you get ahead of the traffic and not stuck next to an impatient driver or big HGV. I'm a dangerous cyclist I admit, but it's me that im going to injure, not anyone else. So police should just leave cyclists alone.
[quote][p][bold]typhoon32[/bold] wrote: I'm a young cyclist it angers me seeing idiots without helmets, flying through red lights and riding without lights at night! and without due care and proper attention. Trying to beat a PB on strava vs safety bit of a no brainer or at least it should be. I don't want to attack my fellow cyclists the majority are great and abide by highway code and the common sense code but the minority spoil without any brain cells spoil it as always. And no road tax battles for those that absolutely hate cyclists please I pay £420 a year so if I want to ride on the road I think i've earn it.[/p][/quote]Again, it's personal choice if I want to blast through red lights. It's safer I think as you get ahead of the traffic and not stuck next to an impatient driver or big HGV. I'm a dangerous cyclist I admit, but it's me that im going to injure, not anyone else. So police should just leave cyclists alone. I hate the pigs
  • Score: -13

1:58pm Sun 26 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nebs wrote:
What about coming to Southend.
Not sure they will convince any they stop and advise, the ones they stop might agree to improve their safety but probably won't , but well done for trying.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: What about coming to Southend.[/p][/quote]Not sure they will convince any they stop and advise, the ones they stop might agree to improve their safety but probably won't , but well done for trying. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 8

2:43pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

I still see more cars/vans being driven on footpaths than I do cyclists.
I still see more cars/vans being driven on footpaths than I do cyclists. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Sun 26 Jan 14

scrounger‎ says...

I hate the pigs wrote:
typhoon32 wrote:
I'm a young cyclist it angers me seeing idiots without helmets, flying through red lights and riding without lights at night! and without due care and proper attention. Trying to beat a PB on strava vs safety bit of a no brainer or at least it should be.
I don't want to attack my fellow cyclists the majority are great and abide by highway code and the common sense code but the minority spoil without any brain cells spoil it as always.

And no road tax battles for those that absolutely hate cyclists please I pay £420 a year so if I want to ride on the road I think i've earn it.
Again, it's personal choice if I want to blast through red lights. It's safer I think as you get ahead of the traffic and not stuck next to an impatient driver or big HGV. I'm a dangerous cyclist I admit, but it's me that im going to injure, not anyone else. So police should just leave cyclists alone.
You could be the next organ donor.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]typhoon32[/bold] wrote: I'm a young cyclist it angers me seeing idiots without helmets, flying through red lights and riding without lights at night! and without due care and proper attention. Trying to beat a PB on strava vs safety bit of a no brainer or at least it should be. I don't want to attack my fellow cyclists the majority are great and abide by highway code and the common sense code but the minority spoil without any brain cells spoil it as always. And no road tax battles for those that absolutely hate cyclists please I pay £420 a year so if I want to ride on the road I think i've earn it.[/p][/quote]Again, it's personal choice if I want to blast through red lights. It's safer I think as you get ahead of the traffic and not stuck next to an impatient driver or big HGV. I'm a dangerous cyclist I admit, but it's me that im going to injure, not anyone else. So police should just leave cyclists alone.[/p][/quote]You could be the next organ donor. scrounger‎
  • Score: 3

4:05pm Sun 26 Jan 14

I hate the pigs says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Nebs wrote:
What about coming to Southend.
Not sure they will convince any they stop and advise, the ones they stop might agree to improve their safety but probably won't , but well done for trying.
Of course they won't. Ive been pulled numerous times on a bike with no lights etc. But do I put them on? No.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: What about coming to Southend.[/p][/quote]Not sure they will convince any they stop and advise, the ones they stop might agree to improve their safety but probably won't , but well done for trying.[/p][/quote]Of course they won't. Ive been pulled numerous times on a bike with no lights etc. But do I put them on? No. I hate the pigs
  • Score: -7

4:24pm Sun 26 Jan 14

TB2 says...

I think some people have missed the reason for the police doing this. It was done by the Casualty REDUCTION section. If by stopping some twit riding a bike in the dark without lights (which is against the law) stops them becoming the victim of a fatal accident then this is a benefit to us all. If you add all the cost of a fatal accident it costs on average over 1 million pounds in the cost of the emergency services, insurances payouts , the investigation and subsequent inquests, repair to the road as well as the inconvenience caused to other drivers while the road is closed. So it makes sense for the police to give advice to the idiots on bikes who ride without lights or any reflective clothing. As for a helmet, again sensible advice, wearing a helmet may well reduce the severity of any injuries in a crash.
I think some people have missed the reason for the police doing this. It was done by the Casualty REDUCTION section. If by stopping some twit riding a bike in the dark without lights (which is against the law) stops them becoming the victim of a fatal accident then this is a benefit to us all. If you add all the cost of a fatal accident it costs on average over 1 million pounds in the cost of the emergency services, insurances payouts , the investigation and subsequent inquests, repair to the road as well as the inconvenience caused to other drivers while the road is closed. So it makes sense for the police to give advice to the idiots on bikes who ride without lights or any reflective clothing. As for a helmet, again sensible advice, wearing a helmet may well reduce the severity of any injuries in a crash. TB2
  • Score: 2

4:35pm Sun 26 Jan 14

I hate the pigs says...

TB2 wrote:
I think some people have missed the reason for the police doing this. It was done by the Casualty REDUCTION section. If by stopping some twit riding a bike in the dark without lights (which is against the law) stops them becoming the victim of a fatal accident then this is a benefit to us all. If you add all the cost of a fatal accident it costs on average over 1 million pounds in the cost of the emergency services, insurances payouts , the investigation and subsequent inquests, repair to the road as well as the inconvenience caused to other drivers while the road is closed. So it makes sense for the police to give advice to the idiots on bikes who ride without lights or any reflective clothing. As for a helmet, again sensible advice, wearing a helmet may well reduce the severity of any injuries in a crash.
What makes you think people are idiots for not using lights in the dark?
[quote][p][bold]TB2[/bold] wrote: I think some people have missed the reason for the police doing this. It was done by the Casualty REDUCTION section. If by stopping some twit riding a bike in the dark without lights (which is against the law) stops them becoming the victim of a fatal accident then this is a benefit to us all. If you add all the cost of a fatal accident it costs on average over 1 million pounds in the cost of the emergency services, insurances payouts , the investigation and subsequent inquests, repair to the road as well as the inconvenience caused to other drivers while the road is closed. So it makes sense for the police to give advice to the idiots on bikes who ride without lights or any reflective clothing. As for a helmet, again sensible advice, wearing a helmet may well reduce the severity of any injuries in a crash.[/p][/quote]What makes you think people are idiots for not using lights in the dark? I hate the pigs
  • Score: -6

5:28pm Sun 26 Jan 14

TB2 says...

Clearly some people don't realise they are!
Clearly some people don't realise they are! TB2
  • Score: 3

8:05pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Eric the Red says...

As a cyclist AND a motorist, let me say that ALL road users (two legs, four legs, two wheels, four+ wheels) should behave in a resposible and safe manner; showing patience and understanding to others, and realising that life hangs by a thin thread. Safe road-using to you all.
As a cyclist AND a motorist, let me say that ALL road users (two legs, four legs, two wheels, four+ wheels) should behave in a resposible and safe manner; showing patience and understanding to others, and realising that life hangs by a thin thread. Safe road-using to you all. Eric the Red
  • Score: 3

8:14pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Nebs says...

TB2 wrote:
I think some people have missed the reason for the police doing this. It was done by the Casualty REDUCTION section. If by stopping some twit riding a bike in the dark without lights (which is against the law) stops them becoming the victim of a fatal accident then this is a benefit to us all. If you add all the cost of a fatal accident it costs on average over 1 million pounds in the cost of the emergency services, insurances payouts , the investigation and subsequent inquests, repair to the road as well as the inconvenience caused to other drivers while the road is closed. So it makes sense for the police to give advice to the idiots on bikes who ride without lights or any reflective clothing. As for a helmet, again sensible advice, wearing a helmet may well reduce the severity of any injuries in a crash.
What about the other sections. The sections that are supposed to charge people for offences. The sections that turn a total blind eye to cycling offences. In view of the findings of the Casualty Reduction Section, will they be making a formal complaint about the other sections that have allowed this problem to continue and grow.
[quote][p][bold]TB2[/bold] wrote: I think some people have missed the reason for the police doing this. It was done by the Casualty REDUCTION section. If by stopping some twit riding a bike in the dark without lights (which is against the law) stops them becoming the victim of a fatal accident then this is a benefit to us all. If you add all the cost of a fatal accident it costs on average over 1 million pounds in the cost of the emergency services, insurances payouts , the investigation and subsequent inquests, repair to the road as well as the inconvenience caused to other drivers while the road is closed. So it makes sense for the police to give advice to the idiots on bikes who ride without lights or any reflective clothing. As for a helmet, again sensible advice, wearing a helmet may well reduce the severity of any injuries in a crash.[/p][/quote]What about the other sections. The sections that are supposed to charge people for offences. The sections that turn a total blind eye to cycling offences. In view of the findings of the Casualty Reduction Section, will they be making a formal complaint about the other sections that have allowed this problem to continue and grow. Nebs
  • Score: 3

12:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

I hate the pigs says...

Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist!
Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist! I hate the pigs
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Baker-Boy says...

Great new the more they do the better in my book
Great new the more they do the better in my book Baker-Boy
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Mon 27 Jan 14

angryofessex says...

I hate the pigs wrote:
Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist!
I think it's fair to say you are something.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist![/p][/quote]I think it's fair to say you are something. angryofessex
  • Score: 1

2:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

angryofessex wrote:
I hate the pigs wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist!
I think it's fair to say you are something.
personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....
[quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist![/p][/quote]I think it's fair to say you are something.[/p][/quote]personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time..... pembury53
  • Score: -1

2:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

I hate the pigs says...

pembury53 wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
I hate the pigs wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist!
I think it's fair to say you are something.
personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....
I agree. The whole point of cycling is for a quick, environment friendly journey. Jumping a red light when it's safe to do so is hardly the crime of the century. I think a law should be made for cyclists that a red light means approach with caution, and if it's safe to go then go. Why would u wait? If your travelling at a nice steady pace and have to brake for a red light, that is frustrating. it's annoying just stopping and starting. That's my opinion anyway. Most of the people that would be against this are people that are probably overweight and could do with a good old bike ride themselves.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist![/p][/quote]I think it's fair to say you are something.[/p][/quote]personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....[/p][/quote]I agree. The whole point of cycling is for a quick, environment friendly journey. Jumping a red light when it's safe to do so is hardly the crime of the century. I think a law should be made for cyclists that a red light means approach with caution, and if it's safe to go then go. Why would u wait? If your travelling at a nice steady pace and have to brake for a red light, that is frustrating. it's annoying just stopping and starting. That's my opinion anyway. Most of the people that would be against this are people that are probably overweight and could do with a good old bike ride themselves. I hate the pigs
  • Score: -2

4:13pm Mon 27 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

I hate the pigs wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
I hate the pigs wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist!
I think it's fair to say you are something.
personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....
I agree. The whole point of cycling is for a quick, environment friendly journey. Jumping a red light when it's safe to do so is hardly the crime of the century. I think a law should be made for cyclists that a red light means approach with caution, and if it's safe to go then go. Why would u wait? If your travelling at a nice steady pace and have to brake for a red light, that is frustrating. it's annoying just stopping and starting. That's my opinion anyway. Most of the people that would be against this are people that are probably overweight and could do with a good old bike ride themselves.
I tend to use the foot paths 90% anyway, so the odd red light is not so much an issue..... pedestrians and cyclists is a better mix than cyclists and cars.... I can't understand why people get so irked about cycling on footpaths when they're forever bleating on about 'safety'...... surely better the odd walker gets 'clipped' than a cyclist splattered under a cement lorry ?
[quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist![/p][/quote]I think it's fair to say you are something.[/p][/quote]personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....[/p][/quote]I agree. The whole point of cycling is for a quick, environment friendly journey. Jumping a red light when it's safe to do so is hardly the crime of the century. I think a law should be made for cyclists that a red light means approach with caution, and if it's safe to go then go. Why would u wait? If your travelling at a nice steady pace and have to brake for a red light, that is frustrating. it's annoying just stopping and starting. That's my opinion anyway. Most of the people that would be against this are people that are probably overweight and could do with a good old bike ride themselves.[/p][/quote]I tend to use the foot paths 90% anyway, so the odd red light is not so much an issue..... pedestrians and cyclists is a better mix than cyclists and cars.... I can't understand why people get so irked about cycling on footpaths when they're forever bleating on about 'safety'...... surely better the odd walker gets 'clipped' than a cyclist splattered under a cement lorry ? pembury53
  • Score: -1

5:05pm Mon 27 Jan 14

John Bull 40 says...

I hate the pigs wrote:
Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist!
I hope mummy dosent find you on the computer again too many slaps around
the head do have an effect on your intelligence.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist![/p][/quote]I hope mummy dosent find you on the computer again too many slaps around the head do have an effect on your intelligence. John Bull 40
  • Score: 1

5:16pm Mon 27 Jan 14

I hate the pigs says...

pembury53 wrote:
I hate the pigs wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
I hate the pigs wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist!
I think it's fair to say you are something.
personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....
I agree. The whole point of cycling is for a quick, environment friendly journey. Jumping a red light when it's safe to do so is hardly the crime of the century. I think a law should be made for cyclists that a red light means approach with caution, and if it's safe to go then go. Why would u wait? If your travelling at a nice steady pace and have to brake for a red light, that is frustrating. it's annoying just stopping and starting. That's my opinion anyway. Most of the people that would be against this are people that are probably overweight and could do with a good old bike ride themselves.
I tend to use the foot paths 90% anyway, so the odd red light is not so much an issue..... pedestrians and cyclists is a better mix than cyclists and cars.... I can't understand why people get so irked about cycling on footpaths when they're forever bleating on about 'safety'...... surely better the odd walker gets 'clipped' than a cyclist splattered under a cement lorry ?
I've got no problems with cyclists using footpaths, but to be honest it's easier I think on the road. If you follow the pedestrian route, you gotta keep slowing down at turnings to make sure nothing is coming. Even worse if a car is pulling off their drive. Roads tend to be smoother too.
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist![/p][/quote]I think it's fair to say you are something.[/p][/quote]personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....[/p][/quote]I agree. The whole point of cycling is for a quick, environment friendly journey. Jumping a red light when it's safe to do so is hardly the crime of the century. I think a law should be made for cyclists that a red light means approach with caution, and if it's safe to go then go. Why would u wait? If your travelling at a nice steady pace and have to brake for a red light, that is frustrating. it's annoying just stopping and starting. That's my opinion anyway. Most of the people that would be against this are people that are probably overweight and could do with a good old bike ride themselves.[/p][/quote]I tend to use the foot paths 90% anyway, so the odd red light is not so much an issue..... pedestrians and cyclists is a better mix than cyclists and cars.... I can't understand why people get so irked about cycling on footpaths when they're forever bleating on about 'safety'...... surely better the odd walker gets 'clipped' than a cyclist splattered under a cement lorry ?[/p][/quote]I've got no problems with cyclists using footpaths, but to be honest it's easier I think on the road. If you follow the pedestrian route, you gotta keep slowing down at turnings to make sure nothing is coming. Even worse if a car is pulling off their drive. Roads tend to be smoother too. I hate the pigs
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5:23pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Nebs says...

I hate the pigs wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
I hate the pigs wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
angryofessex wrote:
I hate the pigs wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist!
I think it's fair to say you are something.
personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....
I agree. The whole point of cycling is for a quick, environment friendly journey. Jumping a red light when it's safe to do so is hardly the crime of the century. I think a law should be made for cyclists that a red light means approach with caution, and if it's safe to go then go. Why would u wait? If your travelling at a nice steady pace and have to brake for a red light, that is frustrating. it's annoying just stopping and starting. That's my opinion anyway. Most of the people that would be against this are people that are probably overweight and could do with a good old bike ride themselves.
I tend to use the foot paths 90% anyway, so the odd red light is not so much an issue..... pedestrians and cyclists is a better mix than cyclists and cars.... I can't understand why people get so irked about cycling on footpaths when they're forever bleating on about 'safety'...... surely better the odd walker gets 'clipped' than a cyclist splattered under a cement lorry ?
I've got no problems with cyclists using footpaths, but to be honest it's easier I think on the road. If you follow the pedestrian route, you gotta keep slowing down at turnings to make sure nothing is coming. Even worse if a car is pulling off their drive. Roads tend to be smoother too.
Mind you don't get your stabilisers caught in the potholes.
[quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]angryofessex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I hate the pigs[/bold] wrote: Already been out cycling today. On my journey I notched up about 6 or 7 red traffic light jumps, cycled down a 1 way street, and was dancing to myself as I was cycling with my ear phones in. So not paying due care and attention. I think it's fair to say I'm an illegal cyclist![/p][/quote]I think it's fair to say you are something.[/p][/quote]personally, i think it's fair enough jumping red lights and cycling down one way streets, providing you have sufficient dexterity to avoid a collision.... and it can significantly reduce your journey time.....[/p][/quote]I agree. The whole point of cycling is for a quick, environment friendly journey. Jumping a red light when it's safe to do so is hardly the crime of the century. I think a law should be made for cyclists that a red light means approach with caution, and if it's safe to go then go. Why would u wait? If your travelling at a nice steady pace and have to brake for a red light, that is frustrating. it's annoying just stopping and starting. That's my opinion anyway. Most of the people that would be against this are people that are probably overweight and could do with a good old bike ride themselves.[/p][/quote]I tend to use the foot paths 90% anyway, so the odd red light is not so much an issue..... pedestrians and cyclists is a better mix than cyclists and cars.... I can't understand why people get so irked about cycling on footpaths when they're forever bleating on about 'safety'...... surely better the odd walker gets 'clipped' than a cyclist splattered under a cement lorry ?[/p][/quote]I've got no problems with cyclists using footpaths, but to be honest it's easier I think on the road. If you follow the pedestrian route, you gotta keep slowing down at turnings to make sure nothing is coming. Even worse if a car is pulling off their drive. Roads tend to be smoother too.[/p][/quote]Mind you don't get your stabilisers caught in the potholes. Nebs
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1:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Baker-Boy says...

loving the fact people can find humor in safety
loving the fact people can find humor in safety Baker-Boy
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