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Posted by Ken Wood on September 17, 2021, 12:49:28
I have loved my cycle and have cycled for the past 50 years mainly now off-road as our roads are too dangerous for cycling, yet I understand those who risk their very lives. My few moans and they are only my thoughts and sometimes, These do get my goat, but it is only my thoughts, as once a long haul truck driver with over 40 years’ experience, covering over 3000 miles per year transiting to Greece and most of Europe. My annoyance is why cyclists wear all black on black roads ( is it to look slim or is the Sky team look at me thing) and at a time under dark shadows or trees, they (cyclist) are only the thickness of a wiper blade through your windscreen, just that one blink or look away and the cyclist is under your wheels, as a truck driver very scary trying to pass cyclist, some think they own all the road, I cycle very carefully on roads that much rubbish near side of road with nails, bolts, all sort of rubbish together with sinks and potholes. Annoyance number 2, some cyclists can spend thousands on bike YET forget one thing "A BELL" yes a £2 BELL, on some of my long rides with all my camping gear in the panniers and a bell cycling sometimes, you get stiff shoulders or wrists and stretch your arms, I can't count how m, any cyclist I have unfortunately knocked off their bikes, simply because they could not ring the bell or shout coming through just for the sake of that thing called courtesy. So cyclist buys a bell and wears bright or Hi-Viz clothing, the Government are saying they are going to ask the cyclist to have insurance, which is fair as if they cause accidents and some do or scratch the car or cause injury riding or footpaths ( notice the word FOOT)they like another road user-pay tax or insurance. OK RANT OVER. For now enjoy my rant.
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