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Upsetting the 4x4 mums on Mumsnet

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Twenty Inch, 16 Mar 2008.

  1. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

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    Just thought I'd ruffle a few feathers over on Mumsnet. A high proportion of very entitled people over there, and when I searched "cyclists" on the forum, I got a load of tripe back. So I posted in their "Am I Being Unreasonable?" forum with the following title and message:

    AIBU to expect motorists to concentrate on driving properly, instead of correcting cyclists' behaviour?

    http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/2724/497223

    "Motorists kill 2,500 people a year on UK roads, and injure another 20,000 a year. Cyclists don't.

    Cycle facilities are laughably bad, stopping and starting without warning, poorly designed, badly built.

    Helmets only help people AFTER an collision has happened, they don't make cycling any safer, they just alleviate some of the consequences of a crash.

    Some cyclists cycle on pavements and jump red lights. Many more motorists talk on mobiles, deliberately intimidate other road users, fiddle with cigarettes/radio/papers/laptop.

    Cyclists are reducing congestion, the load on the NHS, air pollution and global warming. Motorists aren't.

    If a cyclist makes a mistake, they'll probably hurt themselves. If a motorist makes a mistake, they'll probably hurt someone else.

    Some cyclists cycle without lights and reflective gear. They'll learn. Many motorists drive with defective brakes, defective lights, no insurance, no licence. They couldn't give a stuff.

    Most cyclists are also drivers and so they know about how cars, pedestrians and bikes mix. Most motorists are not cyclists, so they haven't a clue how scary it is when oh-so-important school-run-mum whips past at 6 inches away at 40mph in her 4x4.

    Cyclists (and horseriders, skateboarders, joggers and so on) have an automatic right to use the road. Motorists are permitted to use the road so long as A) they have a driving licence, which can be withdrawn if they behave badly :biggrin: their car is safe, as shown by the MoT, and C) they pay vehicle excise duty, a charge based on the amount of pollution their car produces.

    Cyclists contribute to the upkeep of the roads through general and council tax. However they don't cause anything like the damage to roads and buildings that motorists do.

    You can kill someone in your car, and get away with a fine and a suspended licence.

    And yet despite all the above, a majority of people see cyclists as aggressive, irresponsible, reprehensible road users. Why? It baffles me."


    Feel free to get stuck in.
     
  2. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    ooh will do!, just going to finish doing a little job on my van first then i'll have a look.
     
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    It is around 3,300 fatalities per year in the UK.
     
  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

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    You joined Mumsnet!

    Have you got some baby names and knitting patterns to contribute then? I can't help feeling that this is not going to get very heated :biggrin:
     
  5. surfgurl

    surfgurl New Member

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    Make sure you mention your ds, dd, dp etc. And post on the thread about your experiences giving birth.
     
  6. Milo

    Milo Veteran

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    Discuss knitting tea cosys also.
     
  7. Milo

    Milo Veteran

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    Melksham, Wilts
    And your choice of anti depressents
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

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    You should check it out before you judge. Recent threads include "where can I go to escape the masturbation police" and "Am I being unreasonable to throw my husband out the day after he invited an 18 year-old home and shagged her in my bed while I was on night shift?"

    All human life on Mumsnet, mate.
     
  9. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    You forgot the all-important dh! :biggrin:
     
  10. Milo

    Milo Veteran

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    ROFL sorry but that has made my day.
     
  11. Wasn't you was it milo?:biggrin:
     
  12. Hover Fly

    Hover Fly Lover of the bunny

    He should have waited until she got home, made a threesome.
     
  13. Milo

    Milo Veteran

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    Melksham, Wilts
    HE HE I cant stop laughing my neighbors must think I have finally cracked this sites amazing.
     
  14. Milo

    Milo Veteran

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    Melksham, Wilts
    I love the fact the girl rang the wife up and described her own bedroom what a bitch.
     
  15. Milo

    Milo Veteran

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    Melksham, Wilts
    THanks for finding this site life is good again.