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I cycle, my friends cycle so not having a go at everyone with a bike.
Just the pillock who decided that he didn't need to follow the normal rules of the road, so when I was turning left onto a main road, he came off the opposite pavement, cut in front of me as I was pulling out, I gave him an incredulous look of disbelief.
He then had the front to pull up as I passed him and give me a one finger salute. I ignored that and passed him, unfortunately that wound him up I think and he chased after me, not difficult as I'm in traffic.
Not wanting to be outdone, I took a photo of his face on my phone as he overtook me and punched my window, at that point, thinking he might actually have been in the wrong, he then cut through other lanes of traffic, narrowly avoiding getting taken out by a car turning right.
Does anyone know if they still teach road safety in schools?
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I was only wondering the same thing myself the other day. Do they still
do the cycling proficiency test? I think I still have my badge from when
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I wonder that every time I have to deliver round Cambridge. Now its getting darker earlier its hard to see them because alot of them dont have lights on and is especially difficult when they undertake you in traffic. Its never a good idea undertaking an articulated lorry BTW so I always keep well over to the left so the carnt get by me Also I nearly get ran over by some woman last time I was there, she was on her bike listening to her i-pod while chatting on her mobile on the path. Needless to say I shouted some kind words and wished her good day

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* sits back and waits for VO2Max to appear *



... popcorn anyone
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* sits back and waits for VO2Max to appear *

... popcorn anyone
VO2Max is a dude, met him at Red Dot Cyclists are fine as long as they use their loaf, like car drivers I suppose.

Sweet popcorn for me Chris
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Fine weather cyclist me..... so it's car to work at the moment..... i guess the idiots on the bikes are the ones that don't drive and therefore don't realise how invisible they are at times....

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VO2Max is a dude, met him at Red Dot Cyclists are fine as long as they use their loaf, like car drivers I suppose.

Sweet popcorn for me Chris
Quite right, it's the same with BMW drivers.. it's the minority that give it a bad name.

When I see a motorcycle coming along on the motorway I always move over in my lane to let them past... If I'm in the fast lane I always indicate once towards the hard shoulder and move over to let them through the middle (providing there is a car in the middle lane) I nearly always get a thank you from them.

Similarly in London there a few "tool" cyclists who think that as the light is red they have right of way. However I normally always move over to let cyclists past when in traffic and a lot of the time I get a thank you.

The only thing that annoys me about some cyclists is when they bomb along the pavement when there is actually a cycle lane on the road itself!!! Why are you on the pavement!!



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I hate to say this, but the reason why *some* cyclists ride badly is because there is no real fear of prosecution, I'm not really into the nanny state, but really they should have number plates and be forced into having 3rd party insurance (maybe even pay road tax to fund cycle routes???)
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I hate to say this, but the reason why *some* cyclists ride badly is because there is no real fear of prosecution, I'm not really into the nanny state, but really they should have number plates and be forced into having 3rd party insurance (maybe even pay road tax to fund cycle routes???)
A good idea Chris (for once) old people on mobility scooter have 3rd party insurance and numberplates. I saw a woman the other day and she had her own numberplate on her scooter "NAN 1" -2- Horses should do to (that will get them off the road and in the glue factory )
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We have mad cylists here too. They often ride on the road, even though there is a perfectly good cycle track next to it.

The car drivers who overtake them in dangerous places are almost as bad though. I nearly had a head on crash with someone overtaking a cyclist the other day.
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On the mention of horses, Dog owners have to pick up the Poo from the dogs, but horse s**t is everywhere. It must be just as bad as dog poo. And it's a nightmare when you drive through it and it gets into thewheelarch, dries solid!!!
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Apparently it's not illegal to let your dog **** on the public highway (roads), it's only illegal on footpaths and parks etc ... (so some old bloke told me when I had a go at him for not picking up the **** his dog had left ... I made him pick it up anyway )
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Horses should do to (that will get them off the road and in the glue factory )
Best thing to do with horses is to get 'em between two slices of bread and add ketchup and mustard.

Told a horse lover this some years ago, was months before she was civil to me again, I do make friends easily....................
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Horse steak is very nice. Better than beef steak if the truth be told.

The thing is lots of people have more affection for horses then they do cows, so Horse steak is generally not eaten as much as it ought to be.

I read somewhere that only a small percentage of horses bred for racing are actually good enough. You can't tell me the rest are sold off as pets.

I think the rest end up abroad or in cat food.

And BTW, horse muck is very slippery when it is wet so is it is a hazard to motorcyclists.

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Nearly took out a cyclist tonight; I was turning left out of a side road on a green light with my indicator on, he was cycling along the pavement of the main road to my left, and decided to continue across the road in front of me. Didn't see him until quite late as there is a shop on the corner, he was wearing black (including a balaclava) and had no lights. I avoided knocking him off by braking pretty bl**dy hard, in return he stopped in front of me, gestured, and thumped my bonnet.

On the rest of my way home, on a pretty busy road, I counted 15 cyclists without any lights, and 18 with. Seems to me that a fair proportion of cyclists need to improve their imagination of how fragile they are, and realise how hard they are to see against typical city lighting.
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cyclists are now a complete law unto themselves, but its always the car drivers fault if they get hit
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At old street roundabout in London there are 2 lanes when approaching from central London towards east London. Both lanes are for turning left, although you may go straight on or right from the right hand lane. The left hand lane is for turning left only.
Despite this strange design, it's quite clearly signposted that you can turn left from either lane. It's also written in both lanes, and has huge left turn arrows in both lanes.

Yet I stop at the lights one day, in the right hand lane, indicating left. And I see a lentil muncher wibbling through the stationary traffic on his pushbike to the head of the left hand lane queue. As he gets there the lights go amber and i move forward, but as he's slightly ahead of me, he just darts across (he's heading straight on) in front of my bonnet, without so much as a sideways glance.

So I give him a gentle toot on the horn and inform him (my window was open) that he's the sort of bloke who probably enjoys a bit of self abuse and yet i got a barrage of abuse from said lentil muncher that he had right of way, and that I was in the wrong lane Then he wibbled off trying to stick two fingers up at me behind his back. Which was actually quite amusing, in a school playground kind of way.

Yet I can guarantee that If I'd knocked him off it would have been me up in front of the beak having to defend my driving.
 
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Does anyone know if they still teach road safety in schools?
We use the rules of natural selection and survival of the smartest. Muppets who ride their bikes to school like maniacs generaly drop out of the gene pool courtesy of some generous motorist.

In this respect we have hived off one of our roles (that of road safety teachers) back to the parents in much the same way as they have hived off their role of teachers of good manners to us. I think we have got the s**t end of the stick here.
 
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I did cycling proficiancy at primary school and I failed, the only person in the class that did
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I have a certificate for STEP. School Traffic Education Proficiency? That sound right? We rode the school playground on mopeds. I never got to go on the FS1Es. I only mastered the twist and go Garelli type thing.
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I did cycling proficiancy at primary school and I failed, the only person in the class that did
Jim,how could you ? A bit more effort and you could have had the prized triangular badge !

When I did mine I was suffering from " wind," everytime I stopped by the instructor to receive instructions and then started off again as I stood on the pedals the jet propulsion kicked in, loudly ! Very embarrassing.

Perhaps he passed me just to get rid of me !

I have never shared this information with anyone else so keep it quiet.
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Just run them down ur word against theirs..................
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Jim,how could you ? A bit more effort and you could have had the prized triangular badge !
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Just run them down ur word against theirs..................


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Another tale of woe from Cambridge...

Driving home last night, heavy rain, very dark. Coming up to a T junction, green light for me, and one of the idiots on a bike goes flying out of the junction onto the main road (ignoring the red light his way) and misses my front wing by mere inches. I braked very hard from 25, skidded on the road and came to a halt - to be greeted with him kicking my rear bumper and calling me a f***wit.

I love this City
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