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Vermin on the road

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They are everywhere. Around every bend, and completely out of control. Weaving in and out of cars, not stopping for red traffic signals, zebra crossings, give ways. I’ve had enough of cyclists using the roads for free that I pay to drive my car on and have to adhere to motoring laws. Keeping my car on the road doesn’t just cost me in petrol, which i am happy to pay for, but the insurance, MOT and road tax all add up and it is a compulsory for me. 

Cyclists should have to pass a proficiency test. All car drivers do. OK, a car can cause more damage so you need to be taught how to control it properly. But basic road skills and knowledge of the highway code should be mandatory for cyclists too; if not for others’ then for their own sake.

If a car hits a cyclist the cyclist can claim all losses from the drivers insurer. However, if a cyclist hits a car, then what? who do you claim off? and that’s assuming that the cyclist stopped. At least with a car it has a registration plate so you can report it to the police. Imagine reporting a hit and run regarding a cyclist “officer, my vehicle was hit at 21:03 by a cycle which caused a dent to my near side door. I cant give you  much to go on apart from that the bike was silver, one occupant with a fluorescent yellow vest and black helmet.”

Cyclists may also be a cause in the rise of insurance premiums. More cyclists = more accidents = higher premiums. But the Cyclists gets away with paying no insurance?

Cyclists also need to pay road tax. Why do I have to pay to use the road, where a 1/4 of it is taken up by a stupid cycle lane, which they get for free, never ride within and then have a go at you when you point out to them that they should adhere to the highway code.

Cyclists are no more than vermin on the road. I pay to use the road, so should you.

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Written by ChakDePhatte

February 16, 2009 at 10:20 pm

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  1. Just a couple of points:

    Cycling is a human right.
    Cycling is free and should remain free FOREVER
    Cyclists are liable personally for any damage.
    Cycling is dangerous because of cars, buses and lorries.
    Insurance is expensive and will continue to get more so because it’s LEGAL PROTECTION MONEY – when was the last time it actually went down? Mafia call it the protection racket.
    Cyclists need cycle lanes – that way you stick to your bits and them to theirs. We currently do not have a single cycle lane, we have painted white lines.
    More cyclists mean less cars so you can drive faster, pick your nose at the lights, find a parking space.

    …fact is if you live in the city and need to get into the centre, there’s no better way to travel.

    sanchezdemarcos

    February 16, 2009 at 11:13 pm

  2. absurd!
    check the old blog we had about this
    https://frictioncanbeadrag.wordpress.com/2006/10/31/buses-and-push-bikes-came-straight-from-satan%e2%80%99s-bottom/
    saw a old guy knocked off his bike yesterday – the drive just insisted that he was in the right because he had indicated when he made his left turn! idiot
    ban cars before cycles

    jackshaftoe

    February 17, 2009 at 11:11 am

  3. Sanchez – driving is a human right, but I get charged for it. It was free until they started charging, so why not impose this on cycles? Cyclists may be personally liable, but that is when and if they stop.
    Cycling is dangerous when they don’t know the rules of the road. Stop 10 cyclists at random today and ask them how many of them have read the Highway Code or taken a proficiency test. I look forward to the results.
    And i can’t pick my nose in the car, unless it is parked with the engine off, as when i take my hand off the wheel i get a ticket for driving with undue care and attention.
    Cyclists can only lay claim to the road if they are paying to use it, everyone else does – why are they so special?

    It’s not complicated; hopefully the tree hugging Neanderthal that still rides push bikes will get that. Problem solved.

    ChakDePhatte

    February 17, 2009 at 11:53 am

  4. jack – if the cyclist was aware of his surroundings then he would have seen the car indicating.
    as mentioned above – cyclists can not claim use of the road and rights until they start paying for it.

    ChakDePhatte

    February 17, 2009 at 11:54 am

  5. chak – sounds like your license should be revoked!

    jackshaftoe

    February 17, 2009 at 11:56 am

  6. I never said I had one – I’m tying to do what cyclists do; use eevrything for free.

    ChakDePhatte

    February 17, 2009 at 12:01 pm

  7. Chak – having driven with you on a number of occasions, I feel that jack has a point. You drive like a maniac.

    You have seat really back and inclined, one hand on the steering wheel and the other on your knob – not the gearknob.

    I love female cycle couriers. They are so fit. Juicy and pert. I always make a point of saying hello as they wizz past me. I even got a reaction once when she cleared her throat and gobbed on me.

    Fullenglish

    February 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm

  8. surely everyone knows that all cyclists are a bunch of leg-waxing, sanctimonious arseholes… especially those particularly obnoxious bell-ends who cycle along without holding onto the handle bars because they think it makes them look cool… they won’t look so cool drinking their sunday roast through a cocking straw… wankers!.. if they were really concerned with saving the enviroment they’d cycle themselves and their worthless progeny into the fucking thames and leave all that oxygen for us decent, fee paying road users to deplete…

    buerthecentaur

    February 17, 2009 at 4:16 pm

  9. Can I just say I really like the image selected for this particular post. Well done for adding some colour.

    rexinfinite

    February 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

  10. So no Velib’ Bike Scheme for London then?
    Worked sooooooooo well in Paris.

    gipperfan

    February 18, 2009 at 2:53 am


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