Cold

You know it’s bloody cold when you notice icicles hanging on your walk home from work.

The wind was lethal. It was cutting right through. I only hope we have seen the last of the cold eastern weather, as it’s stopping a lot of riding..

Mobiles

I regularly see people using mobiles while driving on my short walk to work.

But to use it in the weather we’re currently having, is just absolute madness. But what’s worse, is a local news website, publishing photos on their twitter account, taken while driving.

I got blocked by them after pointing out, how stupid it was to be using a mobile while driving in these conditions, so they appear to be quite happy to promote illegal behaviour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of those photos, are taken while driving.

Distracted driving is dangerous at the best of times, but in these conditions it is downright idiotic, and for a website to publish them is a bad choice, you cannot and should not normalise this behaviour.

Grinds my gears

There isn’t alot that gets me riled up when I’m riding my bike, but pedestrians and joggers wearing earphones right in the middle of a shared use path do.

I do sometimes ride with earphones in myself, but at a level where I can hear what’s around me, and I don’t use isolation headphones. I can hold a conversation when they are in my ears and playing. I find myself looking around more too.

Most joggers with earphones, tend to stay at one side of the path, which is fine, but those that stay plonked right in the middle and are completly deaf to a bike bell and several “excuse me” shouts of increasing volume are the absolute worst. I’m all for sharing the path, I always thank people when I pass, I’m always polite when asking to get passed. But these earphone wearing zombies are really annoying. At least it’s better than when the pokemon craze was in full swing.

If your jogging with earphones, either listen out for traffic, or stay to the side of the path.

Bloody Joggers

I like to think I’m a considurate cyclist. I slow down on shared use paths, I say hello and thank you.

But one thing that boils my piss is joggers wearing earphones in the middle of the sodding path.

If your going to wear earphones, stay to the side, or listen at a volume that still lets your hear when someone is shouting excuse me behind you.

On today’s ride, I shouted several times, with no response. It wasn’t until I Litterally shouted “on your right” and the jogger finally got the message. Albeit with a hell of a fright.

I don’t want to be rude, I don’t like being rude. But please considure others when your jogging along in your own little world.

Stupidity

So, I was looking through Twitter, and Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) had posted a tweet from a Greater Manchester Police Account.

It was a reply for a video they had posted, of a cyclist with no lights riding down the road. They wanted to stop and have a chat with him, however they didn’t get the chance.

https://twitter.com/Lucstef1/status/911087879874535424

The tweet basically advocated “Giving him a nudge”. So in short, knocking him off the bike. What was truly shocking, the account that posted the reply was a IAM registered driver, and a vehicle inspector for the Police! As it Turns out, the poster of the video via the GM Police account, was actually Stephen B himself. In other tweets, he clearly displays a bias against cyclists. If he has this attitude, and mindset, he has no place to Police the roads.

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Mobile phones

Why do people still think it’s OK to use mobiles while driving? 

Everytime I walk to work, I see at least four drivers on mobile phones, just typing away. 

In my book, if you use a mobile while driving, you are an utter cockwomble. No its or buts, your a cockwomble.