I realise why motorists dislike cyclists so much

Wirral Globe: I realise why motorists dislike cyclists so much I realise why motorists dislike cyclists so much

DRIVING along Storeton Road early on Sunday morning, I realised why motorists dislike cyclists so much.

I am a keen cyclist and also a motorist and I was left fuming as I was stuck behind about 60 cyclists of which most of them had jumped the red lights at Mount Road leading onto Storeton Road as traffic was kept waiting at the opposite lights to avoid hitting any cyclists.

As the cyclists headed along Storeton Road towards Levers Causeway, they then road five-deep, taking up the whole lane and keeping motorists behind them in a long string of traffic.

I know it was the Liverpool to Chester bike ride which raises a lot of money for charity, but this event needs to be supervised better or all cyclists need to be given better advice before the ride to avoid accidents or before someone is killed, because among these cyclist were a few young kids with family who should know better to ride so erratic on roads that are not closed for this event.

Come on cyclists lets treat the roads with more respect and stop giving motorists an excuse to have a go at anyone on a bike.

Rob Taylor, Bidston

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8:35pm Fri 27 Jun 14

steady cyclist says...

Rob do you get so upset when youre stuck behing a tractor or a few horses,absolutely nothing stopping you pulling in and allowing us cyclists some space.
Hopefully soon we will have dedicated cycle lanes down both sides of storeton road , mount road on the wider parts.To link in with the new cycle path down lever causeway.
Rob do you get so upset when youre stuck behing a tractor or a few horses,absolutely nothing stopping you pulling in and allowing us cyclists some space. Hopefully soon we will have dedicated cycle lanes down both sides of storeton road , mount road on the wider parts.To link in with the new cycle path down lever causeway. steady cyclist
  • Score: -13

4:41pm Tue 1 Jul 14

uncatom says...

I have a good idea steady, why not ban all cars off the road and all pedestrians off the pavements and give the cyclists free range to ignore traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, I know that its underway just needs legalising.
I have a good idea steady, why not ban all cars off the road and all pedestrians off the pavements and give the cyclists free range to ignore traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, I know that its underway just needs legalising. uncatom
  • Score: 0

8:35am Wed 2 Jul 14

robocoupe says...

Got to agree with Rob on this one, only recently I was returning from Hoylake and as I approached the hill at Meols station I was greeted by a long line of slow moving traffic that stretched down the hill to the pedestrian crossing. I could see ahead a pack of cyclists were the cause of this and each car ahead of me was in turn waiting for an opportunity to pass them. When it eventually got to my turn to overtake them halfway down the Meols stretch it was clear there was 10 cyclists riding 3-abreast, with a leader at the front making low down right hand gestures, that had caused the queue. Guys, you are not on closed roads in the Tour de France, so ride single file on public roads and stop infuriating other road users or offer to pay road fund licence if you want to take up the space of a vehicle.
Got to agree with Rob on this one, only recently I was returning from Hoylake and as I approached the hill at Meols station I was greeted by a long line of slow moving traffic that stretched down the hill to the pedestrian crossing. I could see ahead a pack of cyclists were the cause of this and each car ahead of me was in turn waiting for an opportunity to pass them. When it eventually got to my turn to overtake them halfway down the Meols stretch it was clear there was 10 cyclists riding 3-abreast, with a leader at the front making low down right hand gestures, that had caused the queue. Guys, you are not on closed roads in the Tour de France, so ride single file on public roads and stop infuriating other road users or offer to pay road fund licence if you want to take up the space of a vehicle. robocoupe
  • Score: 14

11:26am Wed 2 Jul 14

Dantealighieri says...

Yeh! Get a grip Steady Cyclist. The letter was about cyclists riding en mass through a red light, and riding five abreast, not about tractors, or horses, or lorries, or buses. Stop chucking red herrings in to try and excuse stupidity and dangerous stupidity at that. How would you feel if you fell off you're bike and grazed your elbow, and your bike went of fire, and the ambulance and the fire engine were delayed because they couldn't get past a load of stupid self- righteous Lycra clad idiots riding five abreast? Think about it and hang your head in shame.
Yeh! Get a grip Steady Cyclist. The letter was about cyclists riding en mass through a red light, and riding five abreast, not about tractors, or horses, or lorries, or buses. Stop chucking red herrings in to try and excuse stupidity and dangerous stupidity at that. How would you feel if you fell off you're bike and grazed your elbow, and your bike went of fire, and the ambulance and the fire engine were delayed because they couldn't get past a load of stupid self- righteous Lycra clad idiots riding five abreast? Think about it and hang your head in shame. Dantealighieri
  • Score: 10

5:03pm Wed 2 Jul 14

stuckinuk says...

I have not long taken up cycling and actually did the Liverpool-Chester-Li
verpool and I agree with some comments from all of you. There were teams of cyclists from all over the UK and they were riding dangerously and irresponsibly even putting other riders like myself at risk. I was nearly bashed against the kerb a few times. I have also been squashed against parked cars and almost clipped by motorists that do not give you any room when passing you. So is it not the case that we should all be mindful of each other on the roads, I have even had pedestrians step in front of me, Motorists should not blame all cyclists for the bad riding of a few and the other way round. Tolerance and understanding is needed on the roads not more rage.
I have not long taken up cycling and actually did the Liverpool-Chester-Li verpool and I agree with some comments from all of you. There were teams of cyclists from all over the UK and they were riding dangerously and irresponsibly even putting other riders like myself at risk. I was nearly bashed against the kerb a few times. I have also been squashed against parked cars and almost clipped by motorists that do not give you any room when passing you. So is it not the case that we should all be mindful of each other on the roads, I have even had pedestrians step in front of me, Motorists should not blame all cyclists for the bad riding of a few and the other way round. Tolerance and understanding is needed on the roads not more rage. stuckinuk
  • Score: 8

11:50pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Grab a Granny says...

Road deaths 2012 - 1750 (record low). Cyclist road deaths - 118. Pedestrian deaths caused by cyclists - 1 (1 too many), pedestrian deaths caused by cars - 250. Car drivers should stop the moaning about cyclists and think about their own behaviour. For example how many drivers drive within the speed limit? Every time you speed you are running a much more risk of causing death than any cyclist ever does by doing something that annoys a car driver. The figures don't lie, pub talk is just garbage.
Road deaths 2012 - 1750 (record low). Cyclist road deaths - 118. Pedestrian deaths caused by cyclists - 1 (1 too many), pedestrian deaths caused by cars - 250. Car drivers should stop the moaning about cyclists and think about their own behaviour. For example how many drivers drive within the speed limit? Every time you speed you are running a much more risk of causing death than any cyclist ever does by doing something that annoys a car driver. The figures don't lie, pub talk is just garbage. Grab a Granny
  • Score: -4

9:59am Wed 9 Jul 14

robocoupe says...

Grab a Granny wrote:
Road deaths 2012 - 1750 (record low). Cyclist road deaths - 118. Pedestrian deaths caused by cyclists - 1 (1 too many), pedestrian deaths caused by cars - 250. Car drivers should stop the moaning about cyclists and think about their own behaviour. For example how many drivers drive within the speed limit? Every time you speed you are running a much more risk of causing death than any cyclist ever does by doing something that annoys a car driver. The figures don't lie, pub talk is just garbage.
Do your hazy figures also include how many cyclists have been prosecuted or fined for breaking the Highway Code and traffic laws? Motorists run the risk of governance and consequence if they speed or drive aggressively! Cyclists often disobey and ignore road rules, yet escape punishment. How about they treat motorists and pedestrians with a bit of respect.
[quote][p][bold]Grab a Granny[/bold] wrote: Road deaths 2012 - 1750 (record low). Cyclist road deaths - 118. Pedestrian deaths caused by cyclists - 1 (1 too many), pedestrian deaths caused by cars - 250. Car drivers should stop the moaning about cyclists and think about their own behaviour. For example how many drivers drive within the speed limit? Every time you speed you are running a much more risk of causing death than any cyclist ever does by doing something that annoys a car driver. The figures don't lie, pub talk is just garbage.[/p][/quote]Do your hazy figures also include how many cyclists have been prosecuted or fined for breaking the Highway Code and traffic laws? Motorists run the risk of governance and consequence if they speed or drive aggressively! Cyclists often disobey and ignore road rules, yet escape punishment. How about they treat motorists and pedestrians with a bit of respect. robocoupe
  • Score: 3

9:37am Mon 21 Jul 14

bazersworld says...

I agree with this cyclists findings, as this is the resentment held by motorists in relation to cyclists. No cyclist these days obeys the highway code, that motorists have too. Having done myself a National Cycling Proficiency test the highway code states that cyclist's have only three feet to use from the edge of the pavement. When overtaking parked cars they must indicate to pull out to the right. It also states that cyclists must ride single file and never double, and must never be ridden on pavements. This poses the question as to where the police are enforcing the highway code. Most cyclists these days don't believe he highway code applies to them, they are wrong for it applies to every machine driven or ridden on the public highways,
I agree with this cyclists findings, as this is the resentment held by motorists in relation to cyclists. No cyclist these days obeys the highway code, that motorists have too. Having done myself a National Cycling Proficiency test the highway code states that cyclist's have only three feet to use from the edge of the pavement. When overtaking parked cars they must indicate to pull out to the right. It also states that cyclists must ride single file and never double, and must never be ridden on pavements. This poses the question as to where the police are enforcing the highway code. Most cyclists these days don't believe he highway code applies to them, they are wrong for it applies to every machine driven or ridden on the public highways, bazersworld
  • Score: 1

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