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Dont you just love some attitudes!!

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by ratty2k, 19 Jan 2008.

  1. ratty2k

    ratty2k New Member

    Found this on a Warrington forum....

    Not sure whether or not to laugh or not!

    And I quote-
    "What on earth is a bloody "cage driver" is that some smart arsed liberal attempt at a new "funny" name for car drivers?

    As for equality for cyclists; pay tax, get insurance, put some lights on, stay on the bike lanes, stop riding on the footpaths near my sons school and maybe then people will listen. Until then you should have no more right to be on the road than a skateboarder"

    Well, in answer, yes I do have lights, I do pay tax- I own a car. I'll use bike lanes if they are of a decent standard- but on my commute there are none of a decent standard. And I dont ride on footpaths.

    I also stop at red lights!
     
  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Cyclists and skateboarders are on the road by right. Car drivers only by license. What does that say?
     
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    got my very first 'ride on the pavement' tirade last night

    I did signal and start to move out to clear roadworks though in fairness
     
  4. Car drivers think they own the road....well at least some of them do.
     
  5. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    is it true that you get a certificate to prove it with a bmw or a 4x4?
     
  6. ....and a free penis extension to boot.
     
  7. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I'm not sure that using the term 'cager' (for 'driver') is particularly helpful.
    It's generally used with a negative connotation, right?
    Most of us on here are probably 'cagers'.
     
  8. col

    col Veteran


    I thought it was just pedestrians by right?
     
  9. OP
    OP
    ratty2k

    ratty2k New Member

    "Cager" could be classed as slightly derogatory I suppose. But then it is aimed at the drivers who aim for me on the roads....... And with the attitude of some drivers out there if it brings cyclists into their thought process a bit more, it cant (IMO) really be that bad.
     
  10. jonesy

    jonesy Legendary Member

    Hmm. The usual rant isn't it. Sadly an awful lot of the 'bike lanes' are also footpaths, so what are we supposed to do?B)
     
  11. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography


    Pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders - basically anyone using a form of transport that does not include an infernal combustion engine - has the 'right' to use the road (except motorways*). Motorists do not have a 'right' to use the road - they do so by permission. This is why they are required to be licensed, taxed and insured.


    *Motorways are called 'motorways' because they are specifically for vehicles with motors.
     
  12. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Sadly, people do listen to them though.

    Over Christmas, I happened to be at the inlaws when some of their friends arrived for a coffee. Then more appeared. Eventually there was I, trapped with the kids and wife in a roomful of elderly folk who knew best about everything. A ringleader was outraged at the addition of speedbumps in the village where they all live, and how it was ridiculous that he, in his Merc, be expected to put up with these ludicrous "hazards" in the middle of his village. He'd started a campaign to abolish them and folk were swearing they'd get behind the movement.

    Inconvenience to him = minimal. Effect in slowing traffic = high.

    God. Given. Right. To. Do. What. He. Likes. On. The. Road. In. His. Car. And. To. Hang. With. Everyone. Else.

    Had I known him better or met him in a different setting I'd have taken him to task. As it was, I rolled my eyes and got the troops together and left as soon as I could.
     
  13. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    I do find the term "cager" a bit w@nk though.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    ratty2k

    ratty2k New Member

    Yeah, but their attitude is more so. Got fingers waved at me when one passed me within a foot of my bars...... and then one decides that he can pull out of the junction on my left exactly at the same time as my passing. It may well piss off a few drivers using the term "cagers" but sore feeling compared with sore bones is not really a comparison...
     
  15. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK

    What we need is some sort of rebuttal. Well written, factual, snappy. Something that says "Actually, tosspot, you're bloody lucky to be allowed on the road at all, so shut up", but in many more words, more politely, and more intimidatingly (I mean, so that you sound like a high court judge saying it). Then we could all learn it verbatim, and spout it (but sounding as if we were making it up on the spot) when necessary. Not abuse, but something really authoritative.