The Motorists Strike Back

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Such lovely cyclists. Shame if anything were to happen to them like.

Via Chuckles, the Washington Free Beacon:

But this day, a pack of a dozen or so bikers were racing down Ocean Boulevard, at high speed, up to five abreast, according to an interview the chief later gave. Walsh decided to flag them down and tell them what they were doing was unsafe, “out of control,” and “an accident waiting to happen.”

He stood in the middle of Ocean Boulevard and signaled them to stop. The bikers blew past him in a whoosh! of Lycra, sweat, and profanity.

Walsh got in his cruiser and cut off the bikers four miles up the road. When he stopped them, they began to chew him out. “You almost killed somebody back there, standing in the middle of the road,” one of them screamed at the cop. “Do you understand we can’t stop? Do you understand we can’t stop like a car?”

I’m on the side of the motorists here, obviously.   What is it about lycra?   Were my car to suddenly develop a swerve under the assault of these cyclists and were eight or nine accidentally caught by my bumper [fender], I’d be so distraught.

“Oh dear, whatever’s happened here then?   Dear oh dear.   Roads are dangerous places.”

Yet still we come back to the old argument – that it’s not so much about bike or car but about:

1.  being total horses’ backsides anyway and
2.  that old PC feeling of self-entitlement.

There are plenty of bad-attitude users of both forms of vehicle.

The article linked to above is clearly by someone already fully in the anti-cyclist camp and yet, if the cyclist did say that to the policeman, then he’s lying through his teeth.   The only thing we can’t stop for is a suddenly changing red light or a pedestrian who’s been looking the other way and suddenly turns and steps out onto the road.   But nobody can stop for them.

If they can’t stop, then they don’t have control of their bike and shouldn’t be riding.   A crossroads is a place to approach with caution, a hill in a built-up area is not one to wildly career down – anyone with a little common sense knows that.   And these idiots ruin it for all of us.

8 Responses to “The Motorists Strike Back”

  1. Rossa November 15, 2013 at 08:19 Permalink

    With 5 cyclists dying in London and 3 fighting for their lives, all in the last 9 days, “The Motorists Strike Back” is all too true, James.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2506215/Another-cyclist-dies-Londons-streets-5-dead-3-fighting-life-9-days-tragedy.html

  2. Amfortas November 15, 2013 at 12:50 Permalink

    I fell off mine today. Bugger.

  3. James Higham November 15, 2013 at 13:15 Permalink

    Rossa – yes.

    Amfortas – was she worth it?

  4. Chuckles November 15, 2013 at 13:21 Permalink

    Amfortas,

    Swerving to avoid a child?

  5. Andrew Duffin November 15, 2013 at 21:07 Permalink

    “a suddenly changing red light ”

    Because, of course, they’re completely unpredictable.

  6. James Higham November 15, 2013 at 21:09 Permalink

    The ones on pedestrian crossings near here are – no amber, straight to red.

  7. james wilson November 16, 2013 at 04:37 Permalink

    To calculate the pack IQ of six cyclists, add all six together and divide by half.

  8. James Higham November 16, 2013 at 06:06 Permalink

    12?

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