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I have just watched the B. B. C. news at 1. One of the first items showed a certain Mr. Corbyn leaving a house with a bicycle, getting on the said bicycle, pedalling to the end of the road and turning left. What is wrong with that, I hear you asking. Clearly shown at the end of the road is a large, round blue sign with a white arrow pointing to the right, also shown painted on the road surface is an arrow also pointing to the right. Now I have no idea where Mr. Corbyn lives so do not know if there is a cycle path going off to the left but, going by the actions of some politicians in the not too distant past, he is probably just being a cyclist going about his business with no care or consideration for other road users. I am NOT anti cyclist but REALLY!   Thoughts please (tin hat on and ready for the lambasting I'm going to get:rolleyes:)

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There us absolutely no way that Corbyn could turn right so he did the natural thing for a socialist and went left.

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Cyclists must always adhere to the Highway Code like any other road user.   I'm a car driver, a cyclist and a pedestrian and know all sides of the stories, so can appreciate the problems each comes up against.   Would probably be best if all people did the same.   They would have the same appreciation of what each has to deal with on the roads and have all eyes on all parts of the road within a minimum of 50 yards radius

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Everybody is equal, just some are more equal then others.

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I believe we should all share the roads with consideration for others. But now the clocks have gone back and it is dark at rush hour, please, please, please can cyclists fit every light and reflective surface known to man to themselves and  bikes.   I drive in fear of knocking one of the local chapter of the Invisible Cyclists Club off their bike.   You must have (not) seen them;  Dark clothes, hat and gloves; mud smeared reflectors, and  a barely visible light ( but only if you are a beginner invisible cyclist; the  top rank one's don't have a light at all).   

I am all for cycling. Let's look after each other.

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I think anyone caught turning left should be sectioned.

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1 hour ago, Flat_at said:

I have just watched the B. B. C. news at 1. One of the first items showed a certain Mr. Corbyn leaving a house with a bicycle, getting on the said bicycle, pedalling to the end of the road and turning left. What is wrong with that, I hear you asking. Clearly shown at the end of the road is a large, round blue sign with a white arrow pointing to the right, also shown painted on the road surface is an arrow also pointing to the right. Now I have no idea where Mr. Corbyn lives so do not know if there is a cycle path going off to the left but, going by the actions of some politicians in the not too distant past, he is probably just being a cyclist going about his business with no care or consideration for other road users. I am NOT anti cyclist but REALLY!   Thoughts please (tin hat on and ready for the lambasting I'm going to get:rolleyes:)

Just like most of our politicians, he thinks that the law does not apply to him and unless a prosecution follows, he will be proven right.

 

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On many One Way Streets here and I think all of them in Holland bicycles are allowed to go the wrong way down them (a little signs says if you can or can’t), I’m guessing that’s not the case in the UK then?

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It seems to me that most cyclist ignore road signs as a matter of course. (Dons tin hat) :D

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Simply following the worldwide socialist mantra: don't do as I do, do as I say!

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Having read the 'is the law equal' thread it seems motorists obey all signs except the round ones with numbers in. ..

 

. ..written as a cyclist:ph34r:. ..

 

. ..appropriate unlit ninja emoji used. ..

 

. ..but then, when I wear reflective clothing and use my (very) bright lights I dazzle those on the 'UK number-plates thread' !

 

19 minutes ago, Borussia 1900 said:

On many One Way Streets here and I think all of them in Holland bicycles are allowed to go the wrong way down them (a little signs says if you can or can’t), I’m guessing that’s not the case in the UK then?

It's similar here but nowhere near as widespread as Germany - let alone Netherland.

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How many of us have seen cyclist going through a red light.   They stop at the white line, check to see if any traffic is about and then cycle across the road against the red light.   They give other law abiding cyclists a bad name.

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22 minutes ago, Durbanite said:

How many of us have seen cyclist going through a red light.   They stop at the white line, check to see if any traffic is about and then cycle across the road against the red light.   They give other law abiding cyclists a bad name.

It seems that every minority group has it's own minority group within it dedicated to giving the rest a bad name!

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18 hours ago, Borussia 1900 said:

On many One Way Streets here and I think all of them in Holland bicycles are allowed to go the wrong way down them (a little signs says if you can or can’t), I’m guessing that’s not the case in the UK then?

 

In Darlington, cyclists are allowed to go the 'wrong' way up Skinnergate, a one-way street. Don't know if it's common elsewhere.

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He was probably riding on the pavement so one way did'nt apply to him!:unsure:

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If you go into town early morning you can find cars going the wrong way up one way streets. Depends on what part of town, EE registered cars I one area where lower priced property is and British registered cars near the train station when they are late for their train.

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When I first started doing 'The Knowledge' in London, I did the first few days an  a bicycle.

 

I always did, and still do, obey the Highway code, but was amazed at the high number of cyclists that just went through red traffic lights.

 

I thought that maybe the law had changed since I did my cycling proficiency back in the mid 1960's, so checked the the Met Police.

 

Their answer was, that cyclists should stop at red traffic lights, but if they are involved in a accident because of their actions, they will come off worse, so we just let them get on with it and clear up the mess afterwards.

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Contra-flow cycling, as it's called, is permitted in some areas. It is down to each local authority to carry out consultations and risk assessments then decide if and where it will be permitted and erect the signage which is the standard white bicycle on a round sign with blue background fixed adjacent to No Entry and, if required, direction arrow signage. Some London Boroughs and other local authorities around the country have this in place and it's likely to gradually increase.

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6 minutes ago, Legal Eagle said:

Contra-flow cycling, as it's called, is permitted in some areas. It is down to each local authority to carry out consultations and risk assessments then decide if and where it will be permitted and erect the signage which is the standard white bicycle on a round sign with blue background fixed adjacent to No Entry and, if required, direction arrow signage. Some London Boroughs and other local authorities around the country have this in place and it's likely to gradually increase.

Thats probably OK if there's a dedicated and marked cycle lane and the cyclists keep within it's bounds but not so good when a nutter on a bike,  wearing headphones with his bum up and head down comes hurtling towards you thinking that he owns the road.

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1 minute ago, matelodave said:

Thats probably OK if there's a dedicated and marked cycle lane and the cyclists keep within it's bounds but not so good when a nutter on a bike,  wearing headphones with his bum up and head down comes hurtling towards you thinking that he owns the road.

I think it's a great way to identify Darwin Award candidates! :lol:

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37 minutes ago, matelodave said:

Thats probably OK if there's a dedicated and marked cycle lane and the cyclists keep within it's bounds but not so good when a nutter on a bike,  wearing headphones with his bum up and head down comes hurtling towards you thinking that he owns the road.

Nutter. ... lol, that word has a very different meaning in German.

what about the ‘nutters’ driving cars whilst texting or generally  messing about with their phone? Much worse than any mad cyclists 

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3 hours ago, Borussia 1900 said:

Nutter. ... lol, that word has a very different meaning in German.

what about the ‘nutters’ driving cars whilst texting or generally  messing about with their phone? Much worse than any mad cyclists 

 

Don’t disagree, but that is not what this topic is about!

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5 minutes ago, Grandpa Steve said:

 

Don’t disagree, but that is not what this topic is about!

Only slightly wandering off topic, Not too bad for this Forum ;)

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23 hours ago, Odd days said:

Everybody is equal, just some are more equal then others.

The one advantage of riding against the traffic flow is that the cyclist has a better chance of of not being rammed by the car driver whilst that car driver is engrossed in sending a text or some other such illegal action while driving the car/vehicle.

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I forgot all car drivers do nothing but text on the phone while driving. And all cyclist are perfect.  

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