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Pavement cyclist obeying red light

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Cab, 17 Oct 2007.

  1. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Cycling in this morning, get to the edge of town, waiting at a red light to turn left. Had signalled clearly, the bikes behind me knew, the car in the lane of traffic to my right knew. Bike pulls up on my left, on the pavement, also waiting at the red light. I looked incredulously at said cyclist, signalled left again, light changed, I went forward around the corner, she went straight out from the pavement, I rang my bell and she stopped sharply, looked terrified if I'm honest.

    A first, I think. A pavement cyclist paying strict attention to a red light, but completely ignoring other traffic when crossing the road. Odd.
     
  2. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    if not a typo then I understand the confusion.
     
  3. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    D'oh!

    Brain know which way going and can point that way. Brain forget names of directions sometimes. Bad brain. Must be punished.

    Was indeed turning left.
     
  4. dondare

    dondare Über Member

    Location:
    London
    You have a bell?
     
  5. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Yes. Is that so wrong? :ohmy:
     
  6. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    I'm seeing that quite a bit where I live. Cyclist doesn't want to stop at RL, jumps on to pavement and then decides to be a pedestrian to cross the junction before rejoining road other side of the lights. Normally without actually dismounting and walking.

    Highway Code rule 170 almost applies; would apply if they walked.

    170

    Take extra care at junctions. You should
    • watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, powered wheelchairs/mobility scooters and pedestrians as they are not always easy to see. Be aware that they may not have seen or heard you if you are approaching from behind
    • watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way
    • watch out for long vehicles which may be turning at a junction ahead; they may have to use the whole width of the road to make the turn (see Rule 221)
    I've obliterated points #1 and #3.
     
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    I'd certainly always look out for anyone crossing, whether on foot, electric buggy thing, bike or whatever. Thats just the kind of time that a bell comes in handy; it doesn't mean "LOOK OUT I'M GOING TO HIT YOU", of course, but it can make someone wake up and pay attention to the road they're about to step on to.
     
  8. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    I have to say, I have one on my bike too - utterly useless 90% of the time, as people either ignore it, or stop in their tracks (evidently thinking "I've heard something like that before, now what does it mean...?"). Speaking seems more effective (generally "Excuse me please", occasionally "Watch out!" if someone hasn't seen me and needs a slightly more urgent warning).

    The tones of a cycle bell are unable to penetrate iPOD headphones too, apparently.
     
  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Bells.....argh - what's wrong with Wow, Oi or even swearing when they don't hear the polite stuff....


    Dosey mare !
     
  10. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts

    ... whilst not overlooking that they (morally) have right of way over you if their foot has left the kerb. I recently had to "educate" a chavvy young female driver in a car with 2 young unsecured kids about the rules of driving - she turned left and almost took me and a grandson out as we correctly crossed the road.
     
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I use a bell, now and then it has a use, it's the classic sound of a cycle to most people, and it's a nice low key warning of the presence of a bike

    shouting covers the other times
     
  12. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    How are your injuries bearing up?
     
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    hey tete

    almost recovered barring a tad of stiffness now and then if I do anything slightly physical with the back

    I thought the shoulder was healed but lying on my right side last night for a few minutes when going to sleep told me that it isn't

    ho hum

    well on the way, thanks for remembering, really missing cycling
     
  14. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    I bet you are. I remember well the excruciating desire to do exercise, and I pined for my bikes soooo much when recovering from my broken clavicle. I managed to sit on the turbo with one arm in a sling to relieve some of the need for exercise, but its not the same.

    Chin up. I wish you a swift recovery.
     
  15. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London