I’m starting to turn into a proper rant bag aren’t I?! Sorry. Normal happy posts will resume shortly. But first this.
Dear all the irresponsible idiot cyclists* that grace our presence on the pavement….
*Not you… daddy on the bicycle plodding along whilst encouraging the littles in their stabilisers. And not you… careful of the pedestrians sporty cyclist. Oh, and not you… Mr Kelman, incase you are reading this!
But anyway, I think you know where I’m going with this.
Dear ‘don’t give a monkeys about anyone else’ cyclists,
Didn’t anyone explain to you that the pavement is there to share. It’s not been put there specifically for you to hurtle down on your wheels at breakneck speed. For you to weave round corners and bowl us to the floor like skittles. The council didn’t hand it over to you, shared pavement zones, so you could mow us pedestrians down because you think WE are in your way!
Errrmmm h-e-l-l-o *waves. Can’t you see that we have legs, buggy’s, wheelchairs and frames. Not to mention waddling babes, toddling toddlers and ants-in-your-pants 5 year olds. One small move to the left, and that’s it. End game. Squished child. We can’t move as fast as your wheels, pivot on a coin edge or dramatically swerve out the way. We can’t just pop-out into the road for a bit, then speed back onto the pavement again. I know that YOU know exactly what I mean. *Rolls eyes.
And don’t get me started on zebra crossings… now that’s another story.
As someone who has been run over by a cyclist, aggressively rode at when I was 8 months pregnant, clipped on my side, my hands, my feet, my bag countless of times. Ridden into from behind, and just the other day- smeared into a brick wall… which wasn’t pretty. My message to you is this ‘be considerate of other pavement users…PLEASE!’ Or else, well… get off the blinking pavement right now!!
There is absolutely no reason why we can’t share nicely, right?
*I fully support considerate cycling as a means of transport, fitness and enjoyment. In fact, if you were at Center Parcs in half term, you may well have seen me wobbling all over the place on my hire bike.