Ghettoisation : Riders Writing Cycle

Riders Writing Cycle Topic 2 

Concerning the ghettoisation of riders:  for our road/commuters: 

Dedicated bike lanes protecting you from cagers or creating cyclists as 2nd class road users?

Nice one Al….now I’ve got to think…..mmmmm

For those who don’t know [i didn’t] Ghettoisation is defined as:

To confine (someone or something) to a particular area or category



This topic does raise an interesting question regarding cycle lanes, that I have been conflicted about for some time.

I use cycle lanes where they are available but they are not available everywhere, in fact the majority of the riding I do is in area away from areas that have cycle lanes. Cycle lanes are great when they are there, because cars usually stay out of them giving you the right amount of room personally  I would like to see more of them.

Cyclist’s should be given equal priority on the roads, cyclists are often blamed for being inconsiderate road users, they run lights, pass too close to cars, hoping on and off the kerb, ducking on to footpaths. 

Because we have learnt that it is better to stay away from the cars, as cars are dangerous, smelly and usually driven by idiots, so we do the kerb hopping, light dodging etc to stay well clear of the 1 ton head crushers and until the cyclist feel safer on the road they will continue to avoid contact in order to save their own skin.

You know them, They are inconsolable with rage that a bloody cyclist happened to fall on their route to work and now they are delayed by 5 seconds.

“The bastard how dare he! Get out of my way! I’m important and in a rush,  Rargh! They don’t pay road tax, health freaks, grumble grumble swear grumble”

Oh look a 2m gap!

Foot down 

Buzz the cyclist

Cyclist has a heart attack and makes a life saving dive for the pavement, as the car [probably a big merc / SUV] skims past their arse.

Car driver waves “oops sorry” and guns it for the next set of lights.

Cyclist gets up dusts them self off and scratches one more off their 9 lives.

This is not made up it happened to me!

The problem isn’t cycle lanes, part of the problem is other vehicle drivers  and the strange rage inducing effect being encased in a vehicle has.

Another part of the problem is that no one user of their own method of transport wants to share the road. We all want our own bit. Cyclists get cycle lanes as they are the most vunerable and getting popular through green policies. 

But we just need to share the limited space we have, so cycle lanes are in some places a life saver, in others a necessary evil and in others the worst thing.

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Besieged

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It must be my turn, that’s it it’s my turn. In the world of cycling there is a big wheel (imagine the wheel of fortune) and when it lands on you that’s it. It’s your turn and their ain’t nothing you can do about it.

That’s right folks puncture season is upon us once again, the trail gods have seen fit to send forth their legions of thorns, nails and various other spiky things out to get me.

I arrive at work yesterday, sat at my desk and me colleage says

“rob, do you know your front wheel’s flat?”

“bugger”!

Change it out no major drama other than this being the 4th tube this month and not a single incident in the previous few.

Get up this morning late! jump on the bike and flat again (same tire)

Missed a thorn! I got his big mate out yesterday but this little bastard was well hidden to do his dirty work.

Repair tube.

This little thorn thought he’d throw one last insult at me and break off as I tried to get him out so a tiny bit of him is still sticking through & I cant find / get at the other end to pull him back out!

“Gggrrr”

Duct tape on the inside of the tire should hold him off for now but he’s still there niggling away, he’s messing with my mind!

Will he cause another flat, when when will it happen???

Damn those ninja thorns!