Seriously, if I had a pound for every time I've seen a cyclist sail through a red light, firmly believing the laws of the road apply to everyone but him/her, I wouldn't need to work again.
This isn't something motorists say to get back at the anti-car bile spewed by most of these haughty lycra-clad morons (though they deserve it), it's the fucking truth. Barely a day goes by when I don't see this happen - sometimes it's many times a day, both when I'm driving and on a bike. I've even had another cyclist have the fucking nerve to shout at me for stopping at a red light and blocking him from going through. (No, I didn't smack him off his bike, but I fucking should have done). Before I go any further I should point out that there are many perfectly reasonable cyclists (myself included) who obey the laws of the road and I have no problem with. But I think we all know which utter fucking twats I'm referring to.
Still, apparently in Bristol, police are cracking down on it.
They'll have a fucking job. Read the comments section alone on that article (particularly "Alex", who is for all intents and purposes an utter cunt who jumps on every pro/anti car/cyclist topic on that site with glee to wind everyone up) to get a good idea of what the general views of these millitant cyclists are in Bristol. They fully believe they have the god-given right to:
* sail through red lights without even lookoing
* cycle the wrong way up one-way streets
* race as fast as they can along the pavement or through pedestrianised areas, and fuck any pedestrians in the way, frankly
* squeeze through tight gaps in cars, scratching panels and knocking mirrors
and woe betide ANYONE who gets in their way or stops them. And bear in mind this goes on ALL over Bristol, not just the junction they've mentioned in the article. The centre of town is particularly bad for it.
This millitant anti-car cycling contingent is disappointingly vocal in Bristol, and I can sense they'll only make life worse for drivers as time goes on. It doesn't matter if people lambast them for their terrible road sense and complete lack of consideration for other road users or pedestrians, they believe THEY and THEY ALONE are in the right, and nothing will change that.
And finally, when a cyclist sails through a red light without looking and gets hit by an oncoming car (as I'm sure has already happened, and will happen in the future), who do you think they and the other millitant cyclists will blame?
Clue: It won't be themselves, despite being in the wrong.
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