When will RCIPS start paying attention to 'Mad' Cyclists ?? I have never heard of a cyclist being prosecuted for dangerous driving or even stopped for same. We even saw a TV ad a while back ' touting' the issue of Safely negotiating a Roundabout and there for all to see was a guy riding his Bicyle on the Wrong side of the Road right into the Wrong side of the Roundabout, (in other words, 'against' the traffic).... The reason I mention this is that yesterday, as I am approaching a Roundabout to make a left turn - a cyclist comes 'flying' towards me on the wrong side of the Road and continues to enter the 'entry Road' ( the Road I was coming from) again on the wrong side of the Road (i.e. against the traffic).
I had to swerve to avoid hitting him or him hitting me and he simply looked at me with an incredulous look on his face like it was my fault. The corner he was coming from was a bit of a 'blind-side' to me anyway so he is lucky I was not speeding or answering my cellphone or texting or something.
We have cyclists continuously riding against the traffic - sometimes carrying a passenger on the crossbar, sometimes 2 abreast ...... and as I say, I have NEVER seen anyone cautioned or apprehended - the Police just ride past them.
I actually saw an accident on West Bay Road where a cyclist driving on the wrong side of the Road AND ON THE PAVEMENT (they actually had pavement on this stretch of the Road) hit a lady who was exiting from her Apartment complex. He was obviously not looking at all and she probably instinctively looked right first , not expecting to have 'traffic' approaching her in the wrong 'lane'..... Fortunately, no-one was hurt although the cyclist was thrown off his bike and onto her hood.............
At the end of the day - A bicycle is still a vehicle (just not a motorized vehicle) so they should not have the right to just drive their vehicle how 'they' wish (including ignoring traffic lights ). On the funny side, I saw one TV skit on this subject... where a guy watched a cyclist get off his bicycle at the Red Light and push it through to the other side of the Road , then he got back on it and rode off - so the Car driver got out of his Car, turned the engine off, put it in Neutral and pushed it through to the other side of the Road, got back in the vehicle and drove off.
Now there's a thought - we all drive just like this and then we can't complain about the cyclist being a law unto themseves... (just kidding...!!)
Perhaps RCIPS could add this to their list along with 'little or no-action' for cellphone abusers or people who drive at night with their 'full-beam' on either blinding the approaching driver or blinding the driver he is behind ( who has the reflection of his 'full-beam' in all of their mirrors ).
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