Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gambatte, 5 Dec 2007.

  1. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Just wondering which season people think is the most likely to attract dangerous driving, dangerous peds etc. Summer or winter (keeping it simple)

    When do you feel you get more close passes, missiles, left hookers, abusive shouts, texting road crossers etc.

    For my $0.02 its summer evenings, by far the most number of incidents and usually groups of young male prats in cheap cars.
  2. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Guildford / London
    Very hard to say actually.

    In summer I tend to suffer more from peds, and in winter from drivers, with their four wheels securely gripping the wet roads, not caring that every badly placed manhole cover is a frictionless plate waiting to whip the bike from underneath you and throw the rider under the tailgating barstewards wheels. If that doesn't get you, cars taking no account of crosswinds, rain, snow and ice all make winter riding the most dangerous IMO.
  3. 515mm

    515mm Well-Known Member

    On my commute - I have to say that this bout of wet weather coupled with the dark evenings has kept *most* of the idiot(no lead on dog) dog walkers and Swiss Family Gormless (families who walk four abreast taking up the entire width of the path) off the two bike paths I ride. Result!

    I did manage to scare the living chocolate out of one jogger who was trotting towards me but looking at her friend a few nights ago at a junction on the cyclepath. She turned just in time to see me bearing down on her at 20mph when I was about 12 feet away. To her, it would have looked like I was heading straight for her, but she was perfectly safe, on the other side of the path in the pedestrian zone. She squealed and performed that whole body flinch that makes you jump in the air as I advised her in a level tone "Look where you're going dear". Her friend sounded like she was going to wet herself laughing. Priceless.

    Funny how all the pedestrians learn which side of the path is theirs when it's pitch black and all the nasty cyclists have a 10mph tailwind.:smile:
  4. OP

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    515mm, just noticed your sig.... on what?:blush::smile::sad:
  5. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    peds wandering across the road in the dark, some bits of my route are considerably less well lit than others
  6. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    515mm, based purely on what you've written, I'm a bit shocked. I think you should slow down and take more care around pedestrians.
  7. Timeo Danaos

    Timeo Danaos New Member

    Dark and wet weather brings out the very worst in bad drivers. There also seem to be dark-clad pedestrians lurking in the shadows waiting for a bike to come along so that they can step out in front of it.
  8. biking_fox

    biking_fox Veteran

    Now / just recently.

    Most dangerous time is rain/dusk when there is enough light about to make highvis/bike lights less noticable but not enough to be clearly seen. The rain which effects your perceptions/reactions too doesn't help much either.

    Peds are obviously less of a problem, but blind drivers much more so.
  9. For my $0.02 its summer evenings, by far the most number of incidents and usually groups of young male prats in expensive cars.

    Boy racers.

    Pissed peds at night in London are a pain the the 'arris.
  10. Batch

    Batch New Member

    Christmas and New Year is always the worst for me. Doesn't matter what the temperature (I'm from the other hemisphere). The amount of drunk peds and insane motorists seems to increase dramatically.
  11. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    People in dark wear (wear brighter jackets) - do these people realise how dangerous they are. Its massively crazy around 5pm.
  12. 515mm

    515mm Well-Known Member

    Gambette - heh heh heh. I WAS thinking of one's swede. However, if the cap fits............

    'bentMikey - you'll need tastier bait than that to get me to rise.......
  13. got-to-get-fit

    got-to-get-fit New Member

    Yarm, Cleveland
    Summer brings out the prats in cars shouting obsenities while leaning out of car windows, Winter brings the dickheads who think its cool to tailgate you, drive past you at speed, honk their horns be honest there is no 'safe' season variations on stupidity.
  14. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    I wasn't trolling actually, I was being completely serious. I'm shocked by many impatient and angry cyclists who take terrible risks with pedestrians, when the cyclists are utterly in the wrong and should be taking care and slowing down. I don't know whether your riding is anything like what I've witnessed regularly, as I'm only going from your own writings, but it sure doesn't sound good.
  15. Sorry Mikey but I don't take risks with peds.They take risks with me including running in front of me...crossing in poor places.Not thinking when they cross whether it's safe or not in case things go tit's up.(Then they end up doing a dash at the last moment when they realise they are in danger)Not using ped crossings.Not using traffic lights or almost always crossing on a green.When they do cross on a green especially in a group they tend to not bother checking after.

    I could go on and generally do.
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