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Why can cyclists ignore signals etc

Posted: Sat Feb 8, 2020 2:45pm
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dmoss

dmoss

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Is it just me, or is my dislike for cyclists in Lycra also a pet hate of others 

Today I drove through centre of Los alcazares and after manouvering past them 3 abreast they then came up behind me And rode through a set of red lights narrowly missing a car coming out of the other road on green they pay no road tax insurance etc yet think they should be given preference on the road they do not contribute towards its upkeep, i am a fan of the Tour de France but the roads are closed for them to cycle right across the road. There should be laws that are adhered to I,e obey traffic lights crossings etc that they apparently find invisible shouting at pedestrians who dare to walk out in front of them 

They seem to be baiting motorists to dare hit them when they are ignoring the rules we must follow when driving 

The police should make sure they also stop at red lights crossings like motorists ignore at their peril, my wife said I am jealous not being able to wear a Lycra suit and posh sunglasses but no I just want uniformity on the roads 

loulou21

Sun Feb 9, 2020 10:05am

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Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2020 10:05am

I totally agree, they seem to be a law unto themselves!

Mike

Sun Feb 9, 2020 11:25am

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Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2020 11:25am

Hi, I agree that some cyclists can be frustrating on the road, and take stupid risks at junctions. However I would like to point out that I, like the majority of cyclists, also own a car ( often two) so we do pay towards the upkeep of the roads. The only time I ride through a red light is on a straight road with no traffic or pedestrians. At crossings, If there is traffic I stop behind a car and do not filter alongside them. I believe the vast majority of cyclists are respectful of other road users. 

PhilTox

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Sun Feb 9, 2020 12:27pm

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Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2020 12:27pm

Unfortunately it is the badly behaved small minority of any group that taints the rest. Having worked in Bristol for many years l heartily agree there are some two wheel terrorists who see it as their job to flaunt all and any rules of the road. It was heart warming too see police actually warning and fining light jumping and dangerous weaving offenders, unfortunately not very often. Still not much of a problem here in Camposol, too hot and hilly for us olduns.

Tony1948

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Sun Feb 9, 2020 12:54pm

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Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2020 12:54pm

I used  'Boris Bikes' for a few years in London, to travel from the mainline rail station to my office (wearing a suit !). I obeyed the rules of the road, but often saw members of the lycra brigade flouting them. Especially jumping red lights, which one should never do.

It was heartening at times to see the City of London' Police pulling them over and giving them the treatment.

That said, there were several occasions when cars, lorries and even once a bus, tried to intimidate me.

The mindset is not restricted to bike riders. There are many out there who completely disregard the law.

How many untaxed and / or uninsured cars are there out there?

Answer = A LOT !

dmoss

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Sun Feb 9, 2020 10:11pm

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Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2020 10:11pm

With regard to untaxed uninsured drives of cars could not agree more I know of many uk reg vehicles never been back to uk in many years however the other day the police were taking numbers of vehicles uk reg parked and hopefully followed up with relevant questions but no insurance is a bad offence and can be bad for the person who they have an accident with. Bikes however should ride in single file have front and rear lights and keep to rules of the road 

Gillian56

Sun Feb 9, 2020 10:50pm

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Posted: Sun Feb 9, 2020 10:50pm

I agree it is the minority of riders who disregard the law. I too wear lycra  - for comfort, certainly not looks, and I always obey lights etc. Cycling is dangerous enough without taking chances. I also pay road tax, insurance etc for my car.

Wizzo

Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:06am

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:06am

Good cyclists and bad cyclists.Good car drivers and bad car drivers.

i served in the military and still travel extensively I cycle and drive a car. It’s the same (love/hate) situation worldwide. Expecting local police forces to fix a perceived problem (cyclist or car driver) ain’t ever gonna happen. 

Human beings, eh? Why can’t they all be like me and obey all laws? 😜

As for the Lycra thing; you could always wear it while driving the car 🤣

Introduction of cycle paths/lanes is helping.

Safe driving/cycling all 🚗 🚲 

danielv

Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:12am

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:12am

That's the sort of post that made me want to leave England and get away from.   

joolz55

Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:06am

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Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:06am

I drive in the uk and cycle in spain. I don't wear lycra btw! I'm not in a hurry to get anywhere. I'm very careful. I stop at red lights. You need eyes in the back of your head when cycling in spain. Too many motorists do not stop when approaching a main road and often only look one way. When I use a cycle path on the left it can be very dangerous. Motorists zoom out of side roads. I rarely see anyone signal and some even drive the wrong way down one way streets! 

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