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Police 1 - Cyclists 0

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Freefaller, 11 Sep 2009.

  1. Freefaller

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 87,181

    Location: Falling...

    I thought I'd share my experiences of yesterday which brought me great joy and a sense of justice.

    I was waiting in a shop chatting to the owner whilst he did some paperwork. His shop front faces clapham road - for those of you who don't know, it is a rather busy road. Opposite his shop is a side street called stirling road. It's a residential side street off the main road. Now, parked out of the way, was a police BMW 5 series with 2 traffic cops stood outside of it.

    Curious as to what they are doing there, I observe them from the shop, and simply the most incredible sight occured before me. They pulled in a cyclist! Then, 30s later - another! I didn't get it at first, but I then noticed that they had gone through the red light and that must have been why they were pulled over. The shop keeper and I now both engrossed, start talking about cyclists and sharing our disdain for them etc... he had lived in France, so we remeniced on the fact that in France you have to have a stamped badge (like a registration) on the bike - during our nostalgic reminicing, 2 more cyclists were pulled in. And by the looks on their faces, and receiving the piece of paper which looked very much like a fine - it was a moment where, were it not a glorious day of sunshine, the sun would have been shining in my day nonetheless.

    I left the place drove to the junction where I was overtaken by a cyclist going through the light - I chuckled as I knew the outcome of this indescretion. Yep, he was pulled over!

    I actually needed to turn onto stirling road as that's the way I get home, and slowly drove past the cops and the now increasing gaggle of cyclists, grinning... tempted to give a thumbs up or a wave, but thought it best I didn't tempt providence.

    So yes, whilst not a really exciting story it was absolutely wonderful to see. Even more so was the look of disgust and anger on the cyclists faces.

    Whilst I know we'll get a lot of cyclists saying "I never jump the lights" - I'd hazard a guess that in London, it's the minority that don't.

    Waste of police resources? Not in my opinion. Cyclists always end up winning the "battle" (unless they die) between any skirmishes with cars - whilst I think controlling insurance and registration of cyclists would help lots, there's little that can effectively be done as let's face it, you have people of all ages using bikes - is it fair to fine kids? Then again should kids ride on the road at all?

    I'm happy for this to open up as a debate - though we have had it recently. This was just me sharing my happy tale. It made my day it must be said - yes it is quite sad.
     
  2. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,362

    Location: In a house

    Good, im a cyclist myself, and I get wound up by the people who just whizz through while I obey the law and wait..
     
  3. Tute

    Capodecina

    Joined: 24 Jul 2004

    Posts: 22,312

    Location: Devon, UK

    I hate those cyclists that are also pedestrians, and swap from road to pavement and back again almost at will.
     
  4. Rich_L

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,170

    Location: Santa Barbara, Californee

    Maybe they are collecting as much money as they can for their Christmas party before Boris puts a stop to it :p

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/14/london-boris-johnson-cycling

     
  5. mrk

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 86,861

    Location: South Coast

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  6. bledd

    Don

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 46,753

    Location: Parts Unknown

    In St Davids, there are no traffic lights, it's dim witted tourists walking in the middle of the road as if it's pedestrianised you have to watch out for.

    Whilst cycling, I've had about nine bike crashes (into people) in St Davids. They just cross the road without looking :o, thankfully, none with the car yet
     
  7. alexthecheese

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,977

    Yeah, there is nothing worse I find where I live than to be cycling past the train station, only for 20 odd people wandering out without a single glance either way down the road.

    Really, swear-worthy annoying.
     
  8. Glaucus

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 76,645

    Massive thumbs up now if they had a massive crack down for 4 weeks everywhere. Then did it routinely but on a much smaller scale. Then stupid cyclists might think twice before jumping them.
     
  9. bledd

    Don

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 46,753

    Location: Parts Unknown

    just smash into them

    reply works for alexthecheese and AcidHell2 :D
     
  10. Glaucus

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 76,645

    How the hell would that work. who has right of way, the cyclist on a red light or a car on a green light.

    Edit - left turns only, that should be implemented for cars as well, like in the states.
     
  11. Dup

    Capodecina

    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 10,246

    Location: East Lancs

    Hopefully this money will allow the police to commission a spiked plough for tackling all cyclists who ride two or more abreast on country roads, especially those who don't bother to move in despite a queue of cars forming behind them.

    I'll happily pilot it for them too.
     
  12. Freefaller

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 87,181

    Location: Falling...

    What's worse is the swarms of cyclists you get - you can't overtake because there is oncoming traffic so you have to drive at 10mph behind them as they wobble ahead of you.

    Problem is as fun as it would be to crush 'em, it's always the driver's fault :(
     
  13. Maccy

    Commissario

    Joined: 23 Nov 2004

    Posts: 37,392

    Location: Herts

    Fantastic news!
     
  14. Duke

    Man of Honour

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    Posts: 33,593

    Location: Wiltshire

    Awesome.
     
  15. jaybee

    Soldato

    Joined: 10 Jul 2008

    Posts: 5,016

    Cyclists amaze me sometimes. Several times I've been out with a pushchair/kids/gf walking on the pavement and I'll hear a bike come up behind us and shout "scuze me" like I'm going to let them past. Strange.
     
  16. kippermitten

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Dec 2002

    Posts: 1,704

    Location: In ** bottom drawer...

    About time too!
    Everyday I see so many dime-bars peddling into dangerous situations by jumping the lights.
    yesterday morning I watched a fat sweaty city boy try and balance on his pedals at a ped red light near London Wall and Moorgate intersection, unable to keep his balance he pedalled through the peds walking across the lights, I beeped at him in case he hadnt seen the red light or peds and then he goes through the road junction red lights causing cars/vans/bikes to stop/swerve!!!
    To cap it all three more peddling cretins followed him. I mean, what on earth do they think? That they have scrotainium armour or something?
     
  17. Lister

    Hitman

    Joined: 16 Jan 2003

    Posts: 720

    Location: /-{}-\ Bristol

    picture contains swearing. FF.
    NO HOTLINKING
     
  18. bakes0310

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 Oct 2004

    Posts: 12,713

    How do police fine cyclist?
    What stopping them from screwing the fine up and riding away. What happens if you got no ID on you, if i was a cyclist i would of just rode away but then again i wouldnt ride through red traffic lights.
     
  19. peterattheboro

    Capodecina

    Joined: 24 Sep 2005

    Posts: 20,018

    Location: Middlesbrough

    How is Sam? ;)
     
  20. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,362

    Location: In a house

    Same as when they stop and search a ped... They will be forced to detain you!