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More RLJ tales

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by biking_fox, 28 Jan 2008.

  1. biking_fox

    biking_fox Über Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    Quite amused. RLJ obviously knew he shouldn't.

    As I approached towards the red light guy infront realised the light was red, and didn't want to jump it. Instead he carefully cycled onto the pavement across the parallel pedestrian crossing (against the red man as well!) and then back onto the road and continued on his way.

    I'm just not sure about what logic he was using? pedestrians can jay walk so I'm ok cycling? If I break more laws it will be better? Cars won't run me down on the crossing rather than the road?

    The next red light had no pedestrian crossing so he was waiting there when I caught him up?
     
  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Nice use of 'logic'.;) Especially funny if he was patiently waiting where there wasn't a crossing.

    If he was in that much of a hurry, he could have dismounted, pushed his bike across legally (the red man being only advisory to pedestrians) and remounted and stayed quite legal, instead of pretending, and breaking more laws in the process.
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I see it all the time - they'll come up to lights, then hop onto the pavement and traffic islands and continue to cross.

    You have to laugh when you pass them, they jump the lights, 100 yards further, you pass again, they jump next set, and so on, and so on, and so on...
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I think I'm going soft. I think pavement cycling when done considerately (although I don't do any pavement cycling) aint such a big deal in the scheme of things. Yes, it's illegal, but it's too anal to complain about. There. I've said it.
     
  5. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    erm yes

    quick riders jump reds as well, you'd don;t always catch the again

    rode a bit hard today to keep up with a rather lean type all in black on a fixie, he jumped reds and lost me on the first two and finally for good on the third
     
  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Saw this done myself yesterday, as I was going through Sandbach. Quite why people are so blasted impatient these days (whether in cars or on bikes) I don't know.
     
  7. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I'm with you on that Maz. Problem is here some people can't seem to do anything sensibly, and need to take everything to extremes.
     
  8. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Good. I'm glad I'm not the only one, BM.
     
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Yes, true, if everyone was considerate and careful, it's wouldn't be such an issue, but while some aren't, unfortunately, the rest of us have to obey the law laid down to cope with them...
     
  10. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Well I still maintain that RLJing needn't be dangerous. It's not the case that if you go through any single red you will be in danger. But I do nowadays accept that it's discourteous and inflammatory behaviour, sometimes.

    I think of pavement riding in the same way.

    In the OP the bloke sounds like he's caused no real danger, although he did break the law and he was discourteous to others waiting at the lights and those peds who had a right to expect no-one to cycle near them at that point in time.

    Obviously both are illegal mind you, FWIW.
     
  11. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I don't like pavement cyclists. I think that is fairly well known.

    The problem is that a pavement cyclist is probably not a safe cyclist. If they understood cycling safety, they would not cycle on the pavement. Cycling across junctions etc is more dangerous than cycling on the road. I have recently been quoted that in Glasgow, approximately 15% of cycle accidents involved a cyclist coming off a pavement onto a road (I don't have the exact figure but I will try and get a hold of it from the appropriate source). That is quite a high figure for that one type of accident.

    So cycling on the pavement, indicates some ignorance of the techniques of cycling safely. If anyone was to cycle on the pavement, I personally would prefer it to be the experienced, safe cyclists who would do it. They don't. So I think pavement cycling should be banned and the ban enforced.
     
  12. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Sorry, I should have added that this was in reply specifically to Tete as he mentioned pavement cyclists.
     
  13. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    Good God Magna, no RLJing, no pavement cycling - how's a bloke meant to get anywhere these days?!
     
  14. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I'm sure we could re-write an old Adam Ant song along these lines... :biggrin:
     
  15. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    I'm the dandy pavement man, I ride there it's been said,
    I love to break the law and jump through traffic lights at red.
    I have no lights upon my bike and day glo is too dull
    My brakes are f**ked and I never wear a helmet on my skull.

    Stand in amazement, I'm about to end my life (do do do do HUP).