merseymouth wrote:Hi all, And what this cycling pedestrian would like others to know is that Drivers have not got a monopoly of road use, indeed they are there by conditional licence, obey laws.
People who cycle on pavements should desist from doing so!In law it is even illegal for children to do so, but we must surely tolerate that.
So if you want to travel by mechanical means, either motor or pedal, learn the rules , respect them, get trained up.
Assertive positioning YES, aggressive positioning NO!
Training breeds confidence, that breeds safety.
If you are in the wrong accept the fact and learn from it. MM
sorry but no, and some local authorities are allowing cycling on footways/footpaths and insert it into their transport policy. When/IF government take cycling safety seriously and address the real issues and provide safe routes EVERYWHERE be that by stopping up roads to motor vehicles (preferred option) or otherwise, then you can start to make noise about cycling on paths with pedestrians.
In any case the threat of harm to pedestrians is minimal, less harm by people on bikes than pedestrians doing to themselves, even the bias compiler of the anti cycling rant last year (who was asked by the gov to write a paper about cycling safety/new laws etc) had to include that fact.
So if we have to have plates for cyclists then we need visible plates for all peds given the harm they do to others and themselves, compulsory helmets and hi-vis for peds and motorists as well, plus also mobile phone and headphone laws for peds, drivers can do what they want because police don't bother with laws for motorists anyways!
The rules are bent, they favour those in the tin boxes with an engine and lots of kinetic energy, when rules are bent they should be broken/fought against until the powers that be understand why they are being broken. I won't respect rules I know and many others know to be wrong/unjust.
Getting trained up, for what, war, training not to get killed, that's basically what cycle training currently is about, focus your attention on those doing the harm to others and themselves, that motorists and peds btw.
Training breeds brain washed kids and adults, it trains them that they need to wear helmets and hi-vis or they'll die and it's irresponsible to not wear those garments, training breeds subservient cyclists, it breeds people who will criticise and admonish other cyclists because they aren't following the explicit rules of the training put in place by motor-centric organisations using motor centric rules.
One needs to be seemingly "aggressive" because otherwise you'll get squashed and continuously doffing your cap and getting out the way all the time, the usual BS 'better to cede priority than be dead' or any other similar nonsense is just that, there's no evidence for it but all it does do is breed contempt of human beings rights, it breeds people into thinking might is right.
Sorry but your post/comments are contemptible for the most part and fails to grasp where the problems lie, massively so!