What to do (Pelican Crossings)

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by gaz, 20 Apr 2010.

  1. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    They can take the piss as long as they want. That's life. They have the most rights being the most vulnerable. Pedestrians, equestrians, cyclists, motorists. That's the league table. Peds top it. They got here first.

    [rant]The green cross code is a pile of perncious toss which seeks to compel the most vulnerable of road users to behave in ways contrary to their instincts in order to minimise the risk of them being slaughtered by a numpty in a motor vehicle whose 'right' to drive in at a speed and in a manner which endangers others seems to regarded as fundamental in our (breoken) society.

    Everything that is wrong with the failure of shared space road provision in this country is summed up by the Green Cross Code. Making children change their behaviour rather than cyclists/drivers. Blaming victims? Pathetic. [/rant]
  2. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Nope. It's physics. :thumbsup:

    Typical (racing snake) aggressive London cyclist, probably on a fixed, weaving slowly through crowd collides with a six two 15 stone ex-rugby player who didn't get out of the way or change direction fast enough and was 'braced for impact'.

    Assualt? You're having a laugh ;-)
  3. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    No apologies for the repost:

  4. downfader

    downfader extimus uero philosophus

    If you're going to rant out of context like that why not go the full hog? Rant at fellow cyclists for following the highway code, because it creates a set of provisions we have to follow rather than making drivers alter their behaviour?

    The GCC is and always will be with current traffic trends a practical guide for reducing road injuries and deaths. Stop, look, listen. Is there traffic coming? No? Then and only then is it safe to proceed.

    And no. Currently pedestrians get the raw deal from a legal and social perspective, they are no where near high up the "league table", mores the pity for some imo.
  5. Jezston

    Jezston Über Member

    I hope that's being done for this crossing:


    Saturday's are the worst here - a crossing between the town center and a major shopping centre, NO ONE stops. If there's not a fast car or large bus charging towards the crossing vast swathes of people head into the road. If you're on a bike, no one gives a toss ... except for the drivers honking at you as you sit stationary in the middle of a t-junction.
  6. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry Here for rides.

    Blanket, rigidly enforced, 20 mph, or lower, urban speed limits would do more to reduce pedestrian casualties than any amount of GCC driven subservience to the almighty internal combustion engine.

    I'm afraid my attitude has been radicalised by some recent reading and the even more recent death of a close friend's child. Unless we tackle the 'road safety' nonsense pedalled to all and sundry which inevitably accepts the 1000's of deaths caused by drivers as 'unavoidable accidents' and actually address the root causes we don't deserve to be called a civilised society..
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