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Idiotic suggestion by motorist colleague

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Twenty Inch, 29 May 2008.

  1. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    I have a colleague at work who suffers from the selective purblindness that affects many motorists. All cyclists are anarchic, lawless gutter scum, no motorist ever does anything wrong, that sort of thing.

    The other day she came in huffing and puffing, and said "Those cyclists, they were RACING each other down the road this morning, they were overtaking each other and EVERYTHING. They should make all cyclists have a registration number on their bike so that you can report them to the police."

    I considered laughing in her face, but when I realised she was serious, I just said "Yes, because that works so well with all the other road users, doesn't it?"

    It took her a while to get the point.
     
  2. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    10/10, 20"!!:smile:
     
  3. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Must admit I hardly bother anymore but when they were all taking the piss the other week of my cycling attire I just walked out (depot manager as well)

    I was so cheesed off anyway.
     
  4. Animal

    Animal New Member

    Location:
    East Mids
    God i love my job!

    The boss and company founder rides a bike in whenever he can. He's not a cyclist, but his heart is solidly in the right place. One of the other bosses has a foldie - he's a bit more of a poseur though.

    They installed a shower when I joined. I know they wouldn't put up with "attitude" on the issue!
     
  5. MERV

    MERV New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    A shower at work?

    hahahaha!

    Just got a place to put our bikes after many years of battling when they would have their purges...Cant lock them down the bottom of the stairwell.Was fair enough I guess as some cyclists parked their bikes willy nilly and ruined it for everyone else.

    Apparently our bikes were a fire hazard as well.
     
  6. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    Off-topic, but at my old company, my folded Brompton was classified as a health and safety hazard by the departmental administrator and head of customer services. I just moved it to another part of the office. Funny how they didn't consider us having to stand on swivel chairs to trail cables across the ceiling as a safety hazard. I bought a step-ladder out of my own money so we didn't have to do that. It was just easier than trying to get it through accounts.
     
  7. phaedrus

    phaedrus New Member

    Rides a bike, but he's not a cyclist?? How does that work then?
     
  8. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Veteran

    Location:
    Essex
    Maybe he has one of these

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Animal

    Animal New Member

    Location:
    East Mids
    OK, he's not a "cyclist" then.
     
  10. historyman

    historyman New Member

    Maybe a cyclist has to be an adherent of 'cyclism'. But sounds like your boss is...
     
  11. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    perhaps cyclist in that he enjoys cycling instead of just being a bloke on a bike.
     
  12. Animal

    Animal New Member

    Location:
    East Mids
    OK, I'll ask him today if he considers himself a "cyclist", or just someone who comes to work on a bike.

    There can be a difference. I don't think he'll ever go on a cycling forum, read a cycling mag, do a race or a sportive, or think about bike advocacy.

    He's just trying to do the right thing by the environment. Like people should. You shouldn't have to be a "cyclist" to use sustainable transport in your everyday life.

    That's half our problem nowadays with trying to promote sustainable transport - people think they have to turn into "cyclists". They don't, they just have to try to use sustainable transport.
     
  13. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I don't cycle for the environment, I cycle because I love it, it's great exercise, and it works better than the alternatives. The environmental thing is a nice by-product, but it's not a part of my decision to ride.
     
  14. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Exactly - I ride cos it's the quickest way to get places, and it's fun. If it's quicker and easier to drive, I'll drive. Does that mean I'm not a cyclist? Stupid semantics, and also some snobbery thrown in........
     
  15. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    He is a cyclist. He cycles. If you drive a car you are a driver. I would suggest he is not a bike enthusiast, just like a driver who just drives a car from A to B is not a car enthusiast.