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On 22 Jul 2009 at 12:40pm bonfirek wrote:
While strolling to work this morning via Commercial Square and Fisher Street (a well known one way street!) i was passed by some helmet on a bicycle cycling the wrong way up the road towards oncoming traffic. Do traffic laws actually apply to cyclists or because they think there holier than thou, do they just ignore them?
Now i know the local Constabulary monitor this site so perhaps one of them could answer my question?
On 22 Jul 2009 at 1:25pm Taff wrote:
Could it be the same one I almost ran over many years ago doing the same thing. I doubt it, he is probably dead by now pulling off stunts as that.
I saw a cyclist passing traffic on the outside at the red lights in to the bottleneck by Shelleys. When the lights changed and the traffic started moving said cyclist was shouting at the vehicles. They want it both ways.
On 22 Jul 2009 at 1:36pm Lets Do Lunch! wrote:
There are several "helmets" that cycle the length of Fisher Street and Station Street the wrong way EVERY day.
CCTV sits at both ends of Station Street so maybe one policeman could monitor this and radio ahead to another PC (hiding near the station) who could then shoot the culprits with a taser!!!
On 22 Jul 2009 at 1:52pm Andrew Richardson wrote:
Yes, the law applies and they can be given fixed penalty notices and worse for this. Getting the police to do anything about it is another matter. See almost all other crimes for a similar scenario.
On 22 Jul 2009 at 9:12pm PC Plod wrote:
Careful Mr Richardson comments like that could see your collar getting felt by yours truly. A nice easy nicking will do my figures the world of good, better than chasing nasty cyclists. You couldn't just turn yourself in at the nick next time you're passing, save me comming to look for you. You'll have to use the entry phone, this deters the public from bothering us too much. Oh, and we're only open a few hours a day so check before you come.
Evening All.
On 23 Jul 2009 at 1:26pm Norernirelald wrote:
as we used to say in Belfast - "help the police, beat yourself up!".
On 24 Jul 2009 at 3:27am SHS wrote:
These idiots & those sailing through red lights / not stopping at pedestrian crossings give us all a bad name. As a cyclist (and motorist) myself please just remember that not all cyclists ignore one-way streets and red lights so keep an open mind when you encounter one on the road, until his behaviour give you reason to form an opinion. I'm surprised this nanny govt haven't introduced a compulsory 'cycling proficiency and highway code' training and test at schools.
On 24 Jul 2009 at 7:23am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I think a compulsory test and licensing for cyclists would be a damn good idea. At least then the idiots could be banned from the roads, the same as idiot drivers.
I think they should have to carry insurance as well.
On 24 Jul 2009 at 9:52am Its Not Rocket Science wrote:
I was waiting at the lights at the prison on my way into Lewes a couple of weeks ago, and about 20 or so cyclists from a cycling club (can't remember which one but they were all in yellow outfits) came up the road from Brighton, and even though the lights were red they just swung round the corner up towards Nevill. Not one of them made any indication that they were going to turn, or slowed down, or even looked to see if any traffic was coming up the Hollow. When the lights changed, I went the same way and when I caught up with them they were riding about 4 abreast . They made no effort to move over, and cars were having to pass them on the wrong side of the road. When I was a kid we took cycling proficiency tests, and there were policemen on the beat who would stop us for really minor infringements of the highway code. You would think that members of a cycling club would have some idea of the rules of the road, even if they have no idea of common courtesy. Thing is though, if a mororist had hit one of them, I am pretty sure who would get the blame for driving dangerously !!
On 24 Jul 2009 at 11:17am Andrew Richardson wrote:
Agreed with SHS. I cycle and drive myself, I try to obey all the rules and get pretty annoyed at others on bikes who decide the law doesn't apply to them. I'd support the compulsory training and licensing and insurance, but I'd stop short of making bikes have number plates on them. That seems a bureaucratic step too far for me.
On 24 Jul 2009 at 12:51pm I dont like cyclists wrote:
I totally agree with Annette Curtin-Twitcher, but I think they should be made to pay road tax aswell!! They are a damn nuisance. I was in Brighton yesterday and was nearly mown down by a cyclist at a set of traffic lights, not to mention the helmets I couldn't get passed riding two abreast along the country lanes in Barcombe.
On 25 Jul 2009 at 12:06am Andrew Richardson wrote:
What a coherent argument. Transport taxation and licensing should definitely be based on whether one is nearly "mown down" or whether you can overtake or not.
On 31 Jul 2009 at 8:24pm freqist1 wrote:
im a cyclist and dont break the laws of the roads, i know alot do and they annoy me just as much, just wanted to balance the argument a bit,

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