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Etiquette When Cycling on Footpaths
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Respect me and I will respect you.
Tell that to cyclists who brand all motorists as the same!
I drive far more than I cycle, and see bad behaviour from both. Serious wrong-doing, drunk driving, killing pedestrians, killing someone whilst on a mobile phone is never identified as 'giving motorists a bad name.' Most people identify as motorists and think 'there but for the grace of God.'
Whether driving or cycling I'm responsible for my own behaviour and not answerable for anyone else. I'm never called to account for drivers, but occasionally am for cyclists, just because people know I cycle.
Many people don't cycle and are happy to 'other' cyclists because they dont relate to them. It bears some relationship to any discriminatory behaviour against people you don't see as being like you.
Fully agree. I've only cycled about 20 miles or so in the last 2+ years but drove around 20,000 miles in the same time period.
So many people i heard of complaining about cyclists doing x, y and z whilst simultaneously ignoring all the illegal and dangerous things other motorists do.
I have now conditioned myself to look behind me if I am going to go on the other side of the pavement in case one is [email protected] down it!
I think it's a human thing. Some are cyclists, some are pedestrians and some are motorists. No shortage of them in either group.
When on the bike I am vulnerable, I see plenty of bad driving so I have to assume all drivers are bad for safety reasons, that doesn't mean I necessarily believe all drivers are bad but just have to treat them as if they were.
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I think that's why some motorists find cyclists so infuriating. Cyclists have to ride defensively, taking the lane when necessary, etc., and motorists sometimes misinterpret that as deliberately trying to get in their way.
Everyone who cycles regularly will have had many experiences of a motorist deliberately trying to intimidate them by driving dangerously close, and forcing them to swerve or brake.
To a motorist, a minor collision is an inconvenience at worst. To a cyclist, it could be fatal.