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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Most irritating?

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 A recent survey from Salop Leisure into the most irritating road users has discovered that motorists in the West Midlands get most annoyed by cycles, farm vehicles and elderly drivers (in that order). Caravans and learner drivers, on the other hand, were found to be amongst the least irritating road users.


Main findings:
·         Over one fifth of respondents picked cyclists as the most irritating road user, and this figure shoots up to over one third amongst the 65+ age bracket;
·         37.5 percent of elderly male respondents picked cyclists as their worst enemy, but elderly women are slightly more patient, with 29.7 percent of over 65 female respondents choosing this road user.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Why did this driver accept blame?

Why did this driver get charged? Who advised him to accept blame?  This death happened at a notoriously dangerous junction.  
John Dedman

There is also a sound scientific defence to not seeing a cyclist. See it here.

Then there is the concept of road cycling: Here

Are the lawyers letting drivers down in doing plea bargaining if their client has a brilliant defence?

Cyclists. Being right and being wrong will never put you back together again. It's a killer scenario.

Please Don't Murder Me

Why has the Daily Mirror and the Birmingham Mail missed the obvious point about this article Please don't murder me ?

It's just as daft as a man running backwards and forwards over a live firing range shouting: 'Please don't murder me too'. See We call it 'Taking your life in your own hands' 

Cycling is for an unprotected human to be on two flimsy wheels, high off the ground and travelling at unnatural speed while mixing, mingling, exposing themselves to large moving essential machinery operated by complete strangers of varied ability and mental capacity.  

What on earth does the Mirror and Birmingham Mail think will happen?

Wouldn't the media be more responsible to suggest to this chap that he should perhaps consider not doing it any more? To accept that the problem with road cycling is the very concept of it? To ask why we are still encouraging it when history shows that when many more were cycling and far less were driving, many more cyclists were killed. See it here.

Well the drop in cycling in Birmingham, is mostly because 99% of people have no interest in cycling simply because its isn't a viable transport mode. All the subsidising and promoting of cycling is as pointless as promoting wind-farms: Most people will see through it and have no belief in it. Why on earth would people want to go backwards to the 1930s when more were forced to cycle, live near to work and relatives, carry heavy bags daily from the expensive local shopping parade and depend totally on public transport to go anywhere else and anything above suitcase size had to be delivered or collected by someone at a price? 

It's just a fad so perhaps Birmingham's falling cycling numbers is just the first to show it.