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"Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« on: August 04, 2008, 05:19:38 pm »
My girlfriend Jen has just come in in tears.  She was riding in the cycle lane on a normal straight suburban road a couple of minutes ago, and moved out to pass a taxi parked in the cycle lane with its offside door open into the road.  She did a shoulder check and gauged that the car behind her was far enough behind that this would not be a problem.  It was a gradual moving-out, not a sudden swerve. 

As she approached the taxi she became aware that the car behind had not slowed down or altered course, and hit the brakes and swerved to her left, coming to a halt in the angle of the taxi's open door.  The car passed the taxi with a couple of inches to spare.  She caught the car up at the lights twenty yards ahead, and the stupid woman in the driver's seat leaned over and said 'Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time' with the classic self-satisfied motorist's smile.  She was still holding her mobile phone in her hand, and had apparently been texting. 

Jen was too shaken to get her registration plate, so there's not much to be done, but it's made me far more angry on her behalf than I am when something like this happens to me.  It's interesting though that the two cold-blooded attempts we've had to knock us off have both come from a middle-aged woman in a metallic blue saloon car. 

Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 05:21:02 pm »
That is utterly crap, poor lass.

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008, 05:22:16 pm »
 Unbelievable  :demon:
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008, 05:23:24 pm »
What can you say?

Just a complete piece of shit, and Jen has been on the receiving end. Sympathy from here.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2008, 05:23:36 pm »
That is utterly ridiculous!  >:(

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2008, 05:24:39 pm »
Poor Jen.  Give her a hug from me and feed her chocolate and alcohol.

Personally, I'd have been tempted to rip the bitch's phone from her hand and stamp on it. Or decorate the side of her vehicle with some picturesque dents...

Plus the cabbie needs a bollocking for stopping in a cycle lane.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2008, 05:27:00 pm »
^^^ That be damage. Should grab it and throw it somewhere.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2008, 05:28:04 pm »
Sympathy from here too, what a rotten and stupid way to behave.

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2008, 05:29:33 pm »
Just bullying of the worst sort :(

I bet that if that had been a big bloke on the bike it'd have been a different story, and she'd have been less smug when remonstrated with

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2008, 05:31:22 pm »
Good God!  I'm speachless.
Sympathies to Jen.

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2008, 05:31:47 pm »
The world is full of idiot's, and I'm afraid Liverpool has more than it's fair share  >:(

Hope she feels better soon.  

Cuddles & chilled wine will probably help...
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2008, 05:31:55 pm »
I haven't had the opportunity to do so yet, but one I have planned for a rainy day is to nick the keys out of the car and chuck them in a pond. Obviously the opportunity has to be right and the offence sufficient. It will probably never happen, but it is a plan I hatched when being pestered by a crowd of gits in a hatch-back last October on the Golden Tints and it keeps me going in moments of stress.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2008, 05:34:09 pm »
That is just unbelievable. Sympathy to Jen.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2008, 05:37:19 pm »
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Plus the cabbie needs a bollocking for stopping in a cycle lane.

if it's a lane marked with dotted lines there's nothing legally wrong with him stopping there.     It's one of my bugbears re cycle lanes being painted everywhere, it creates a conflict with other road users not being able to get to the kerb.   (And would you prefer to be doored by the passenger as you pass between the kerb and car parked outside of the lane?)



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Jen was too shaken to get her registration plate, so there's not much to be done, but it's made me far more angry on her behalf than I am when something like this happens to me.  It's interesting though that the two cold-blooded attempts we've had to knock us off have both come from a middle-aged woman in a metallic blue saloon car. 

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2008, 05:37:37 pm »
^^^ That be damage. Should grab it and throw it somewhere.


I have dented a Mercedes 4x4 before when in a 'red mist' - and when the owner, who'd hit me whilst on her phone, remonstrated I said I'd call the police and we'd find out who they'd be most interested in.  She very quickly shut up.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2008, 05:38:15 pm »
I haven't had the opportunity to do so yet, but one I have planned for a rainy day is to nick the keys out of the car and chuck them in a pond. Obviously the opportunity has to be right and the offence sufficient. It will probably never happen, but it is a plan I hatched when being pestered by a crowd of gits in a hatch-back last October on the Golden Tints and it keeps me going in moments of stress.

For legal reasons you need to be able show that you did not intend permanently to deprive the owner of the keys. A better plan might be to hand them in at the police station most convenient to you. You were threatened with assault (you believed) and it was the only practical way you could protect yourself.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2008, 05:38:50 pm »
Just bullying of the worst sort :(

I bet that if that had been a big bloke on the bike it'd have been a different story, and she'd have been less smug when remonstrated with

Jen is even ickler than I am.  Being small on a bike either averts trouble or invites it, unfortunately.

Give Jen a big hug from me, Phil, and I agree with the chocolate suggestion - it's good for soothing ruffled nerves. 

Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2008, 05:42:11 pm »
if it's a lane marked with dotted lines there's nothing legally wrong with him stopping there.     It's one of my bugbears re cycle lanes being painted everywhere, it creates a conflict with other road users not being able to get to the kerb.   (And would you prefer to be doored by the passenger as you pass between the kerb and car parked outside of the lane?)

I completely agree with Nutty on this one. The small and highly questionable benefits of cycle lanes are far outweighed by the disadvantages. I'm quite happy to go well out of my way if I can avoid them but it's getting increasingly difficult.  The wretched things should be abolished.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2008, 05:43:48 pm »
Just bullying of the worst sort :(

I bet that if that had been a big bloke on the bike it'd have been a different story, and she'd have been less smug when remonstrated with

Jen is even ickler than I am.  Being small on a bike either averts trouble or invites it, unfortunately.

Give Jen a big hug from me, Phil, and I agree with the chocolate suggestion - it's good for soothing ruffled nerves. 


Blimey!  Do wimmin get that small?   ;)  She must save a fortune by buying kids clothes.


But seriously, I believe that a lot of this poor behaviour by drivers is bullying.  "You're smaller than me, so I'll flip you off..."  "I'm in a metal box and you're not so I'll barge in..."

It does piss me off - particularly when I see drivers bullying children.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2008, 05:55:09 pm »
But seriously, I believe that a lot of this poor behaviour by drivers is bullying.  "You're smaller than me, so I'll flip you off..."  "I'm in a metal box and you're not so I'll barge in..."

That's exactly what it is. For some reason people like this often effect a superior attitude. The reality is that they are nothing more than pissweasel fuckpuppets (© Mr. Larrington).
 
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2008, 06:00:38 pm »
I haven't had the opportunity to do so yet, but one I have planned for a rainy day is to nick the keys out of the car and chuck them in a pond. Obviously the opportunity has to be right and the offence sufficient. It will probably never happen, but it is a plan I hatched when being pestered by a crowd of gits in a hatch-back last October on the Golden Tints and it keeps me going in moments of stress.

For legal reasons you need to be able show that you did not intend permanently to deprive the owner of the keys. A better plan might be to hand them in at the police station most convenient to you. You were threatened with assault (you believed) and it was the only practical way you could protect yourself.


I tried that once.  I don't know what holds the infra red style key fob into the dashboard of a people carrier - but I could neither turn the engine off nor remove the key >:( >:(

I have also, in the past, demonstrated the correct use of the indicator stalk to the motorist.  It nearly came off in my hand, but not quite.

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2008, 06:02:42 pm »
^^^ That be damage. Should grab it and throw it somewhere.

Into traffic worked for me the one time it needed to be done.   :demon:

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2008, 06:02:45 pm »
Jen says thankyou for all the sympathy.  We're just heading out for the chocolate and wine, those are excellent suggestions.  

It was a mandatory (solid white line) cycle lane so the cabbie was in the wrong, and stupid to be sitting there with his driver's door open, but it's a relatively quiet and very wide road.  Jen does get an unfair amount of rubbish when she's riding on her own, but I don't think Liverpool is especially bad.  It's an area up by the university, and there are CCTV-covered private halls building opposite.  I shall visit later to find out whether the road is covered and whether there is actually any tape in their magic-eye boxes, but I don't hold out much hope.  

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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2008, 06:12:17 pm »
Much sympathy to Jen. Horrible incident.

What with the recent endangering of life and limb by motons recently, I am going to charge my cameras batteries now, for tomorrows commute. When I was lying in the road last week, waiting for something to start hurting, I wished I had been using my camera.
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Re: "Maybe you'll stay in the cycle lane next time"
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2008, 06:23:54 pm »
Much sympathy from here. I can't understand how people get off on that kind of bullying behaviour *and* breaking the law by using a phone whilst driving. Some people are just shits.