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You can tell the students are back at uni.

Just by the sheer number of cyclists who appear to have been lobotomized, and had their brains replaced by that of a lemming.

Who feel the need to sucididally try and leap beneath the wheels of my car, as if a ton of metal trundling over their head will do them no harm whatsover.

Lights, when it's dark, and you're wearing black, are not optional.
It is unwise to swerve in front of a car, because you realise that's your turn, right there.
And bunny hopping off the pavement in to the road may look cool, but it's really not, if you haven't checked for large metalic objects coming towards you first.

Don't get me wrong, I've been a cyclist. I used to cycle a couple of miles to work, on a regular basis. So I know that it's horrible when it's raining and you're getting wet. And I know that acceleration, especially up hill, is effort.
And I know that getting a blast of air from a car passing too close is just not fun.

And so I try. I pay attention to cyclists, and I give them space, and I let them out and wait for them at crossings.

But seriously, road safety is rather like sex. You can get by doing it on your own, but it's far more satisfactory as mutual effort.
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From: feanelwa Date: January 18th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
mrbear From: mrbear Date: January 18th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
My recommendation?

Mow. Them. Down.
elrohana From: elrohana Date: January 18th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
My recommendation? Take a chill pill, dude
jorune From: jorune Date: January 18th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
My recommendation, a gentleman with a red flag who walks in a stately fashion before your motor carriage.
cbr_paul From: cbr_paul Date: January 18th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've noticed a similar number of suicidal cyclists recently who seem to think that red lights are things that happen to other people.
Darwinism in action; time for a cull methinks.
ephrael From: ephrael Date: January 19th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Its the suicidal cyclists that go past you when you are stopped at red lights - with all your bright yellow, retroreflective, and lights - and grunt abuse at you because you are not riding in the same pillocky manner as them.
Sooner or later, one of them is going to get squashed in front of me.
elrohana From: elrohana Date: January 19th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, me too. And quite frankly, whilst I shall probably first aid them and ring an ambulance, I will not have the slightest actual sympathy. Assholes like that make the roads unsafe for the rest of us on 2 wheels-no-engine.
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