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Winter: Time to bring in a drivers’ intelligence test

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i have lost count how many times i have seen a cyclist on the road when they have a cycle path they can use,red light what red light? again they think they don't count and don't get me going on riding 2 abreast making it more difficult/dangerious to get past!!!

Posted by djr on 11 December 2012 at 12:19

Andy Smith, I see your point about lights and batteries, and generally have two lights, but that wasn't the only point I was trying to make. Do you see that people on bikes might be getting bit of a raw deal? A lot of people will not ride a bike because they are frightened of the traffic which is a missed opportunity for a lot of good value freedom and fun.

Posted by Sam on 10 December 2012 at 22:21

@ Sam

Seriously ???.....Cyclists have the same responsibilty as motorists to ensure that their vehicle is fit and legal to be on the roads, that includes having working lights fitted and on at night. If the batteries have run out they should get new batteries, if the lights have been stolen they should get new lights. They certainly shouldn't be cycling on the road, at night, with no illumination and if they choose to ignore that and get hit by a motorist who has kept his vehicle in good repair and function as is required by the same law, then it is their own stupid fault

Posted by Andy Smith on 10 December 2012 at 13:57

@ Sam

Seriously ???.....Cyclists have the same responsibilty as motorists to ensure that their vehicle is fit and legal to be on the roads, that includes having working lights fitted and on at night. If the batteries have run out they should get new batteries, if the lights have been stolen they should get new lights. They certainly shouldn't be cycling on the road, at night, with no illumination and if they choose to ignore that and get hit by a motorist who has kept his vehicle in good repair and function as is required by the same law, then it is their own stupid fault

Posted by Andy Smith on 10 December 2012 at 13:42

@ Dave

and is that ALL you got from that article???

Posted by Andy Smith on 10 December 2012 at 13:32

Yet another, News & Star attack on the owners of 4x4 vehicles.

Posted by Dave on 9 December 2012 at 14:33

I am calm, but the dangers experienced by pedestians and cyclists on the road caused by vehicles are not rubbish. At the risk of sounding like a ranter, Department for Transport figures show that two thirds of all accidents involving cyclists were caused purely by the drivers invloved with only one fifth blamed on the cyclist. It is clear where the danger comes from, the drivers of vehicles, and that is the main reason a lot of people are put off cycling which is a great way to get around for young and old and everyone else. Frustration directed at cyclists is very common, but is mis-directed. Why not direct it at the councils and councillors who design only for vehicle users so that we have to use them and spend our spare cash on cars instead of making safe and easy to cycle and walk which could easily be done. There would be health and independance benefits aswell. Not a popular point of view I know, but my point of view non-the-less. No intensions to offend, just hopeing to make short journeys without using the car.

Posted by Sam on 4 December 2012 at 13:13

Sam, you are talking rubbish, just calm down a little before commenting. Vigilante drivers PMSL...

Posted by Me on 4 December 2012 at 04:53

As a professional driver, I feel that the equivilant of the driver cpc for PCV and LGV (Bus and Truck) drivers should be meted out to all drivers. This makes you think about how you drive. As a PCV driver, I feel that these courses (5x 7 hour interactive courses over 5 years) have made me a better driver.

Posted by Stemax1960 on 3 December 2012 at 20:24

Anne,
You are right about drivers going too fast for the conditions and overtaking dangerously but the comment about cyclists and lights? I see as many drivers without lights as cyclists. The other popular compliant about cyclists is that they jump red lights but there are more drivers jumping red lights than cyclists. Or going striaght through them on red. Be wary of suggesting that cyclists are in the wrong as that can encourage vigiantes which are dangerous and you wouldn't want to be responsible for fireing them up. The next thing that happens then is drivers start moving people down, pedestrians or cyclists, and saying 'well they were in the road' and being let off by limp juries. Remember that cyclist may have just had their lights stolen or the batteries run out despite best intensions. Drivers need to slow down and be patient, oh and bfore anyone starts, I am a driver.

Posted by Sam on 3 December 2012 at 12:39

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