Cyclists

Dear Peg and Friends
Damn Cyclists, there is not another group of road users that annoy me so much, if there are, I have yet to meet them. Any way, I dislike Most of all the sharing the road with cyclists. They are the one group of road users that actually frighten me. And why is this?, Well possibly 10 to 20% of all cyclists on our roads today behave as if there are no road rules as far as they are concerned. They seem to think they are a law unto themselves, and as far as road use goes they can do as they like. If there is any avoidance to be made by other vehicles, it will have to be by the other party, namely the motorist. Many cyclists, at times give the impression and behave as if they are complete idiots. Daily they put their lives at risk, and think there is some divine divinity looking after their welfare. So there is no need to give any attention to their safety.
Every day I see examples of the blatant flouting of road rules by these people. They ride through red lights, they take stupid chances that endanger their lives. They never bother to look to see what the other traffic is up to, any time they are likely to jump on their bike and join the traffic stream, looking neither left or right. They ride around as if the road is theirs and they can do whatever they wish. Signals, well they are for other people.
I’m puzzled that in one trip into town I observe so many breaches of the law you would have to be blind not to notice. I wonder what is going on with the traffic enforcement. They never seem to charge these chosen people with any offence. No matter how bad their behaviour. They are never prosecuted unless they are involved in an accident, without a doubt as far as they are concerned, it’s always the motorist who is to blame. They too have a very powerful lobby, and constantly keep up a dialogue with the media, praising their ‘Green image’ and pointing out how poor are the driving habits of  motorists.
Its not always the cyclist in front that you have to worry about, you can also be overtaken from the rear. These mavericks come up behind you weaving in and out of parked cars. Now you see them, now you don’t. The motorist has to be doubly careful in opening his door because you only have your rear vision mirror, and the odd peek behind you, alerting of another close encounter. A moment of careless behaviour will result in the knocking a cyclist off his bike. The result would be the loss of licence, as well as a hefty fine.
Our authorities are more than generous with our roading too. From the carriage way that cost millions a mile to construct, they sliced a metre and half from each side of the road, for the express use of the bike riders. Not every day are they even used either. Only sometimes do you see a rider. The nerve of these officials to donate millions of dollars of our carriage way so that the occasional user has a traffic free area to ride in should they feel like it. It’s damned obvious too, its not the elected officials pockets that the money is coming from. We who are the people who fund the road system should have had a say in what happens to their money.
Another area of concern is that it seems that there is no need for an exanimation of these bikes to see if they are fit for use on public roads. Occasionally traffic police turn up at schools, and order some ‘off’ the road until they are repaired, or brought up to standard. But they are children that we are dealing with. When they grow up they will be able to pay attention to these matters themselves. Problem, some people amongst us never grow up, they only look like an adult. You only need to read the letters to the daily paper to get a rough stab at their IQ.
Another area of concerned. Do these people endeavour to make themselves visible at night by wearing reflective clothing? No. Does their bike carry adequate lighting and reflectors? Some do. Too many are completely stupid, and think the motorist has some sort of early warning RADAR and he will detect them before he knocks them off their bike.
Love from Christchurch.  Wally
Damn Cyclists, there is not another group of road users that annoy me so much, if there are, I have yet to meet them. Any way, I dislike Most of all the sharing the road with cyclists. They are the one group of road users that actually frighten me. And why is this?, Well possibly 10 to 20% of all cyclists on our roads today behave as if there are no road rules as far as they are concerned. They seem to think they are a law unto themselves, and as far as road use goes they can do as they like. If there is any avoidance to be made by other vehicles, it will have to be by the other party, namely the motorist. Many cyclists, at times give the impression and behave as if they are complete idiots. Daily they put their lives at risk, and think there is some divine divinity looking after their welfare. So there is no need to give any attention to their safety.
Every day I see examples of the blatant flouting of road rules by these people. They ride through red lights, they take stupid chances that endanger their lives. They never bother to look to see what the other traffic is up to, any time they are likely to jump on their bike and join the traffic stream, looking neither left or right. They ride around as if the road is theirs and they can do whatever they wish. Signals, well they are for other people.
I’m puzzled that in one trip into town I observe so many breaches of the law you would have to be blind not to notice. I wonder what is going on with the traffic enforcement. They never seem to charge these chosen people with any offence. No matter how bad their behaviour. They are never prosecuted unless they are involved in an accident, without a doubt as far as they are concerned, it’s always the motorist who is to blame. They too have a very powerful lobby, and constantly keep up a dialogue with the media, praising their ‘Green image’ and pointing out how poor are the driving habits of  motorists.
Its not always the cyclist in front that you have to worry about, you can also be overtaken from the rear. These mavericks come up behind you weaving in and out of parked cars. Now you see them, now you don’t. The motorist has to be doubly careful in opening his door because you only have your rear vision mirror, and the odd peek behind you, alerting of another close encounter. A moment of careless behaviour will result in the knocking a cyclist off his bike. The result would be the loss of licence, as well as a hefty fine.
Our authorities are more than generous with our roading too. From the carriage way that cost millions a mile to construct, they sliced a metre and half from each side of the road, for the express use of the bike riders. Not every day are they even used either. Only sometimes do you see a rider. The nerve of these officials to donate millions of dollars of our carriage way so that the occasional user has a traffic free area to ride in should they feel like it. It’s damned obvious too, its not the elected officials pockets that the money is coming from. We who are the people who fund the road system should have had a say in what happens to their money.
Another area of concern is that it seems that there is no need for an exanimation of these bikes to see if they are fit for use on public roads. Occasionally traffic police turn up at schools, and order some ‘off’ the road until they are repaired, or brought up to standard. But they are children that we are dealing with. When they grow up they will be able to pay attention to these matters themselves. Problem, some people amongst us never grow up, they only look like an adult. You only need to read the letters to the daily paper to get a rough stab at their IQ.
Another area of concerned. Do these people endeavour to make themselves visible at night by wearing reflective clothing? No. Does their bike carry adequate lighting and reflectors? Some do. Too many are completely stupid, and think the motorist has some sort of early warning RADAR and he will detect them before he knocks them off their bike.
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