PDQ Mobile wrote:Now you tell me as a cyclist to slow down!
From 17mph downhill! Sorry.
I cycle for fitness, pleasure and practicality.
This is not some Sunday sightseeing outing.
And there we have it! As far as PDQ is concerned, they can cycle (and presumably drive) at the speed they choose regardless of whether there may be unlit obstructions in their path. An incredibly selfish attitude that is encouraged by the victim-blaming that PDQ supports and indulges in.
PDQ: You bring the danger of collision to that path, not the pedestrians. Your light is plainly not sufficient for you to easily see the path is clear at the speeds you choose to ride. It is not your right to bring that danger to others. End of.
There you have it.
Alan thinks I am to blame.
Yet I cycle sensibly and politely, above all politely, to all I meet.
I am always respectful of dogs, children, chatting groups, etc etc.
I never push though or intimidate and very often pass the time of day.
I always lightly cough on approaching the unaware until I get a reaction . ((Quicker since Corona virus!!) flippant humour ))
I get from a to b briskly but I am not a racing cyclist at all, just using my limited fitness and the terrain to do so effieciently.
I carry decent well adjusted lights, have excellent brakes and I have never hit or come really close to hitting any person yet.
(A badger once shot out across the road on a dark lane and I nearly had him!)
What I said was that on that dark path were three dark clad peds right across that were HARD TO SEE.
And later on the same night along the path a cyclist with no lights at all!
I saw the peds but I was forewarned of their presence because I saw the phone screen as a spot of glowing light in the dark before the top edge of my beam started to "resolve" them. It was not a near miss but they were without doubt poorly visible.
Later along, I was stationary in the one wider viewing spot with wooden benches, when the unlit cyclist ghosted by.
And I wondered what happened when he got to the 3 unlit peds? Who would be to blame?
And who would be to blame if we two cyclists had collided?
He must have accessed the shared path along minor roads or pedestrian pavement- there is no alternative to doing that.
He would have called out on the shared path, I expect, if he saw a light coming against him, or got close and into the side.
How slowly must one cycle, or how bright must lights be to make that safe? -one cyclist with and one cyclist without lights on fairly narrow pitch dark solid fenced path?
I used to cycle a bit with a passionate and very experienced cyclist from Oxford and in his youth he had cycled head on into another unlit cyclist on a narrow Woodstock cycle path one morning in the dark.
It can happen. And it really hurts.
However, transpose all that onto a dark motor vehicle infested place and it's a life threatening problem. IMV.
To be visible is just so easy with just a little thought and forethought. Can't see a problem with it myself.