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Bicyclists Beware!

Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by Revoltingest, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. Subduction Zone

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    You should also consider an internal camera. I have read that Uber drivers can charge drinks that get sick in their vehicles. A camera is almost a must for that.
     
  2. Thief

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    an old story....
    I was kid of early teens pumping pedals up the incline of an awkward parking lot
    large lot
    no cars
    just me in the middle of it going up the incline

    but silly me wasn't looking to the left

    someone drove through the lot coming on from the left
    hit my front wheel
    dumping me on the hood

    and we just kinda looked at each other through his windshield

    no harm no foul....I guess
     
  3. Thief

    Thief Rogue Theologian

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    I have tried it....in spite of my skinny chicken legs

    one....the cuff of your pant leg won't hang up in the chain and sprocket
    two....the squeeze of the elastic does make your leg feel better
    must be a circulation thing

    but yeah.....I ain't got nothing to flaunt
    so....no more spandex
     
  4. Shadow Wolf

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    Not sure about Uber (still waiting for my registration in the mail to drive for them), but with Lyft if someone gets sick in the car they cover the cost for cleaning. I haven't had that issue yet, but I drove so many drunk people who were so heavily intoxicated I'm surprised I didn't get a contact buzz from the fumes (and that there were no accidents).
     
  5. Notanumber

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    I have never met another cyclist that uses a bell if they even have one.

    Being as most pedestrians ignored my bell I have upped my game and fitted a horn. That shifts them!
     
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  6. Subduction Zone

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    A bell? In the U.S. in most areas bicyclists are supposed to use the roads. Pedestrians tend to stay on the sidewalks. At intersections where one crosses the street pedestrians have the right of way.. A bell would not be of much use here.
     
  7. oldbadger

    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    Did he catch you in the woods with his daughter?
    OMG...... did he catch you in the woods with his Missus?

    Revolting........... you must have done something for the bloke to try and kill you, and then admit it to the cops...?
    Howe long was his sentence after conviction?
    :p

    But really, some drivers think that pedestrians, dogs, cyclists and more are sub human. That's the world.
     
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    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    I have got bells on my bikes, but in sudden emergency I concentrate on steering and brakes, and scream out loud, which I think is more effective.
     
  9. Shadow Wolf

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    We definitely need more bike lanes.
     
  10. Subduction Zone

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    It depends on where one lives. Seattle is rather hilly and bike lanes won't get a person over those hills much easier. Even though there are far more lanes than needed the number of cyclists has not increased. Bad weather and bad topography limits the number of cyclists.
     
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    What is the setup in England? Do cyclists and pedestrians share paths?
     
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    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    Yes, some paths are shared, others are divided but nobody seems to take notice of which part to use.
    Some roads have wide marked margins just for cyclists.

    The average driver around East Kent UK is very careful about cyclists. I expect that London drivers might be more aggressive.
     
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    oldbadger Skanky Old Mongrel!

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    Would it be worth suing the bar steward who did this to me?
    download (1).jpg
     
  14. Notanumber

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    In the UK, we have shared pathways. Even where we have dedicated cycle lanes, pedestrians wander about like lost sheep with their dogs off their lead.

    It is a nightmare out there for us cyclists.

    BTW, in the UK it is compulsory for a bell to be fitted to any new bike.
     
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    Here's Carlin's take on bicycles:



    An aggressive attitude, perhaps, although he was correct in that bicycles are essentially a toy. They don't really belong on highways or major thoroughfares.

    I think bicyclists suffer from an identity crisis. They're really pedestrians, but they think they're driving motor vehicles. (No different than someone on a skateboard or roller skates.) That's where the problems come in. If they'd stay out of traffic, like most pedestrians know enough to do, then there'd be far fewer problems.
     
  16. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    No Montana in the uk but there are places where the same is said
     
  17. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Its one (or 2 if you have a rear facing one) of those things that seem a waste of time until needed. Then they are invaluable.

    Dont know about over there but in the uk there are some insurance companies who offer reduced premiums if you have one.
     
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    Separate lanes for bicycles is something I like about living living here. Not every area has them though, unlike places like Amsterdam.
     
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  19. Revoltingest

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    I use a bell.
    And if coming up behind someone unaware,
    I check my speed to ensure they hear me in time.
    Why?
    I hate both conflict and hospitals.
     
  20. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Greased up & ready for action!
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    I know....
    There just aren't enuf of the right kind of weapons in the hands of the deserving on the road.
     
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