Abusing cyclists to be made a hate crime?

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DITA

MIA
This is clearly a very emotive subject. On both sides.

Some of you may be aware (I've mentioned it before and those of you who know me know) that my dad was knocked off his bike, while training for an Army cycling race. Sports afternoon, by himself and the car driver 'thought he had enough time' to make his turn. He didn't and my dad was pronounced dead from injuries sustained 6 days later. 20 years ago this month.

Now, do I blame all drivers for this? No. Just the selfish man who couldn't wait an extra 20 seconds of his life before turning a corner. Are there cyclist who flout the rules? Yes. Do they deserve to be injured because of it? No. Are there drivers who flout the rules? Yes. Do they deserve to be injured because of it? No. Road users who are caught breaking the rules and laws of the road should be punished for doing so. Regardless of the veh they are in charge of at the time.

Taking everything into consideration, I always say the same thing... there are hundreds if not thousands of instances per year of cyclists being hit by motorists often ending in life changing injuries or death of the cyclist. Can anyone tell me the last time a motorist was killed after their vehicle was hit by a cyclist? How hard is it to respect someone else on the road? Is the extra 20 seconds it takes to safely pass other road users really worth the stress and hassle?

Abusing anyone should be an offence.
 

TamH70

MIA
Men Wearing Lycra in a public place should be made an offence.

Why? Do you want them to wear black latex or red Lurex instead, you pervert!
 

TamH70

MIA
That would be silly, unless you're taking your bike swimming.

You do know the difference between swimming and cycling, I take it?

To be fair to PhotEx, and this does stick in one's craw a bit, the bloke pictured could be a triathlete. They have to run, cycle and swim.
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
Natural selection. It's just a shame that the other party involved in such a collision will have to face prison or guilt for the rest of their lives.
they are running them in London now, but I notice they all have serial numbers on the downtube
I rather like the things we have them in my town, lots of youngsters use them where they would normally have driven
but they need to be better regulated
Traffic police would help, but the Government disbanded them ??
anyway the legal chaps and chapesses are getting ready to make some money on the back of it

 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
they are running them in London now, but I notice they all have serial numbers on the downtube
I rather like the things we have them in my town, lots of youngsters use them where they would normally have driven
but they need to be better regulated
Traffic police would help, but the Government disbanded them ??
anyway the legal chaps and chapesses are getting ready to make some money on the back of it

Like this is going to work!
 

Nemesis44UK

LE
Book Reviewer
This is clearly a very emotive subject. On both sides.

Some of you may be aware (I've mentioned it before and those of you who know me know) that my dad was knocked off his bike, while training for an Army cycling race. Sports afternoon, by himself and the car driver 'thought he had enough time' to make his turn. He didn't and my dad was pronounced dead from injuries sustained 6 days later. 20 years ago this month.

Now, do I blame all drivers for this? No. Just the selfish man who couldn't wait an extra 20 seconds of his life before turning a corner. Are there cyclist who flout the rules? Yes. Do they deserve to be injured because of it? No. Are there drivers who flout the rules? Yes. Do they deserve to be injured because of it? No. Road users who are caught breaking the rules and laws of the road should be punished for doing so. Regardless of the veh they are in charge of at the time.

Taking everything into consideration, I always say the same thing... there are hundreds if not thousands of instances per year of cyclists being hit by motorists often ending in life changing injuries or death of the cyclist. Can anyone tell me the last time a motorist was killed after their vehicle was hit by a cyclist? How hard is it to respect someone else on the road? Is the extra 20 seconds it takes to safely pass other road users really worth the stress and hassle?

Abusing anyone should be an offence.

I am sorry for your loss.

Whilst the majority is probably down to car drivers' faults, there is still a significant number of idiots who do not use lights at night and dressed like ninjas, those that ignore traffic lights, those who try to undercut lorries turning left etc.

Cyclists in my opinion, are no better or worse than other road users, there are bellends everywhere. The difference is that if a cyclist gets it wrong, the consequences are much more serious.
 
I am sorry for your loss.

Whilst the majority is probably down to car drivers' faults, there is still a significant number of idiots who do not use lights at night and dressed like ninjas, those that ignore traffic lights, those who try to undercut lorries turning left etc.

Cyclists in my opinion, are no better or worse than other road users, there are bellends everywhere. The difference is that if a cyclist gets it wrong, the consequences are much more serious.


lycra seems to bring out the peak bellend in them though...

heavy traffic, I’m turning right, oncoming cars stop and leave junction clear, look at me! I’m Bradley wiggins! flashes up the inside of the now stationary traffic head down at 30+
 

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