On my drive back to Dawlish from Exeter I happened to come off the A380 and over the mini roundabout onto Colley Lane B3192, the road that runs passed the Ashcombe Adventure centre and on up passed the golf course on the way to Teignmouth.
As luck would have it ,bad luck that is, a group of around 10-12 or so lycra clad louts on cycles were in front of me and several other cars. During the journey behind them at mostly around 8 mph with a sudden burst of speed to around 30 ish they cycled 3 and 4 abreast and at no time pulled over to allow the long line of traffic to pass.
I was luckier than most and was able to safely pass these ignorants louts just as we ran parallel to the golf course. I feel sorry for the 40 to 50 vehicles stuck behind these cretins.
I am sure there will be some who say that the road is for everyone etc, but they are a current and present danger to all other traffic on the road. Cycles should be banned from all roads that have a speed limit above 30 mph and they should be insured, road taxed and have clear registrations on their cycles.
Ignorance is as ignorance does.
I see you have a profound respect for the law. And yet your acute eye seems not to have observed the 90 per cent of drivers who break the speed limit, the 40 per cent of them who run red lights, or the very similar number who use a handheld mobile phone at the wheel...
If you’re a hard-working motorist paying hundreds of pounds each year on road tax, then it’s time to have a word with your accountant as there’s been no such thing as road tax in the UK since 1937.
In most collisions involving a cyclist and another road vehicle it is the cyclist who comes off worst. It is therefore up to them to decide whether they should take out insurance, not the state. Aside from claiming through home insurance, many cyclists are also members of organisations like Cycling UK or British Cycling – who will also cover damages if a cyclist is liable.
I guess you thought it funny to post a photo that you found on the Internet of a large person riding a bicycle. Rather than ridiculing someone who’s exercising in an attempt to lose weight, I would be applauding him.
That route you chose to get from Exeter to Dawlish is an interesting one as well. Are you sure you were driving to Dawlish?
Traffic is of all kinds. Why does DEEDOODLE think that car drivers have anymore right to a road space than any other kind of traffic?
Three or four riding abreast is indeed selfish. However it is all very well demanding that cyclists pay insurance and tax etc, but enforcing that would be so difficult. Sometimes it is good to take a step back and reflect....just exactly how long were you held back by these selfish cyclists? What has that time wasted behind them actually cost you? Having said that, it is really frustrating to be blocked unnecessarily, and I fully understand the resulting exasperation.
It would be selfish if it were true.
And, btw, cyclists do pay taxes, etc.
I have been a cyclist, motorcyclist and car driver for many decades, keep to the highway code and respect most other road users. These cyclists were riding contary to the highway code. To slow traffic from a national speed limit to an 8 mph crawl is dangerous in itself and for the sake of a hobby for health and/or relaxation is, in my opinion, irresponsible and an outright act of selfishness to other responsible road users.
Some on this site may applaud this behaviour by a pack of self centered cyclists who display a strong disrespect for all other road users, but demand absolute respect and compliance from other vehicle users around them.
There actions created a dangerous environment on what is a high speed road and I will say again cyclists should be banned from any road with a speed limit above 30 mph and be registered for use on the road with a clear registration mark on the cycle.
Diana Mond, It always makes me smile at the figures you produce just to verify for those who are interested.
46% exceed the speed limit on motorways.
8% on single carriageways.
53% in 30mph zones.
to put these figures in perspective the proportion of drivers exceeding the above by more than 10 mph is,
single carriageways 1%
30mph zones 6%.
So the higher percentage figures are those exceeding speed limits by 1-10 mph now most UK police forces allow 10% plus 2 mph before any vehicle is stopped so on the motorway 70 mph plus 10% plus 2 is 79mph.
And why is DEEDOODLES route interesting its the fastest route into Dawlish with the min speed limit at 60mph unlike the route on the A379 although i prefer to go via the Mamhead straight.
20% of drivers run red lights
25% of cyclists run red lights
50% of cyclists ride on footpaths
50% ride without lights at night a legal requirment
85% dont have a warning device bell horn it is a legal requirment to have one on.
I luv your picture of the fat guy riding his bike. It's an inspirational shot. I hope lots of folk see it and are moved to buy lycra and get on their bikes. All hail to him and lang mae his lum reek.
All this talk about what happens, figures produced etc,etc. Does not solve anything and I don't think it ever will.
You will always get inconsiderate people whatever mode of transport they use, be it pedal power, foot or motorized power.
Leatash, re the route supposedly taken, why would any sane person drive 4 extra miles just to save 2 minutes out of 31 minutes?? Times and distances verified on Googlemaps.
Tut tut, Mrs C, you berated me recently for using tax-dodging Amazon, and there you are making use of tax-dodging Google.
Tut-tut Bernard. Nothing constructive to add to a thread, as usual.
I don’t give a single penny to Google. As far as I’m aware, they’re not trying to kill our High Street - unlike you and your mates at Amazon.
"If you are not paying for the product, you are the product"
And you have just used Google. I take it you never use an Apple or Android product, or use Facebook - all tax avoiders.
Bloody tax-dodging cyclists...
Anyway. I prefer to Ask Jeeves about people who defraud the public purse (ask your screen-shotting sister about the people I’m referring to).
I’m not sure whether my Nokia 3610 could cope with Facebook...
You only post on here because you’re obsessed with me. However I’m not the one that takes pride in killing our countries High Street. As you’re a UKIP supporter, you should be ashamed about your promotion of the death of the UK High Street.
Careful petal, I could have you for libel. I'd better take a screenshot before you delete your post.
Libel? No you couldn’t.
Though I’m sure I could “have you” for stalking...
Bloody cyclists eh,,,?
Diana Mond why would anyone use that route on Bank Holliday Monday the A379 was a grind with folk trying to get to Dawlish and caravaners and motorhome users trying to get out the traffic was queued back to Kenton west bound and back to Cockwood east bound and google didnt tell me that. And i dont understand your obsession with the High Street the future is shopping online, a example my treat Pontefract Teacakes i love them but only a specific brand in Dawlish £1 per 100 grams online 3kg delivered £17.21 thats 57pence per 100 grams, why would any sane person buy from the High Street it makes no sense. And before you ask i only shop online do i care about the High Street not one jot if they want my cash they have to be competative if they cant compete then hard luck my money has been earned the hard way and only those offering the very best deal get it.
Back at the point...
Groups of cyclists, unless racing, will almost never cycle three abreast or more (unless someone is passing someone else).
most likely what @DEEDOODLE saw was sereral pairs of cyclists all two abreast, but staggered slightly when seen from behind.
Bit like this:
(which looks like three abreast seen from behind).
Love this site, very rarely stays on topic and it's always the few that bicker between themselves, hilarious!
Behind a cyclist with one leg today, wouldn't have known if he hadn't been wearing shorts. Very skilful.