Dear cyclists – get off the blinking pavement right now!!

 

I’m starting to turn into a proper rant bag aren’t I?! Sorry. Normal happy posts will resume shortly. But first this.

 

Cyclist

 

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.

 

 

via GIPHY

 

 

 

 

Shank You Very Much

 

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26 Comments

  1. June 19, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    You are right about toddlers and maniac cyclists. I often feel like I can’t relax when we are in areas with a shared cyclist/pedestrian path. Even though we stick to our side, the cyclists fly out of no where. Add to the fact that toddlers change direction in the blink of an eye and the speed some of he cyclists do and I’m suprised there aren’t more serious accidents.

  2. June 19, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    An observation from South African cyclists, and this is only a small group I’ve seen. They seem to think they have some sort of entitlement/right of way above and beyond anyone/everyone else. Makes me nervous and anxious when I see cyclists, especially when in groups. #GlobalBlogging

  3. June 26, 2018 / 5:46 am

    Ahh, I know what you mean!! Especially as a Mum of two young children, it is scary walking on a pavement where lots of cyclists are about. I really do think that if you are going to be that inconsiderate of other pavement users then you should just bike on the road, that’s where cyclists are supposed to go anyway! I totally support your rant lovely but that GIF at the end did make me laugh way too much!xx #dreamteam

  4. June 26, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Agree! There are some considerate cyclists, but others who cycle on paths clearly labeled ‘no cycling’ in our local park, and they terrify me what little regard they have for the toddlers that are plodding along trying to enjoy the park. If they’re in a rush, surely they could just stick to the road or cycle routes?

    #DreamTeam

  5. June 26, 2018 / 8:25 am

    I had to have 9 stitches in my heel after being run into by a teen on a bike – that was over 40 years ago and it can still cause me problems! I get so cross walking my dogs around a lake near me where some men in lycra like to treat it as a race track! It’s about respect and consideration of us all for each other – I’ll get my dogs under control for you – you slow down so you don’t injure them. Easy. Oooo thanks for a chance to rant about this…!

  6. June 26, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Most of the cyclists ride in the road here – not too many on the sidewalks. I have the same problem, however with cyclists on paths. Those paths are shared by everyone – cyclists, runners, people walking pets, toddlers, skateboarders, etc. When someone rides a bike at breakneck speeds, it puts everyone at risk. Ugh!

  7. June 26, 2018 / 10:32 am

    The vast majority are thoughtful but there’s a small minority who seem to have confused their bike with a chariot / weapon and are intent on taking out all comers whilst ignoring the rules of the road. (Don’t shout at me for not seeing you when you’re cycling the wrong way down a one way street … You great …)

  8. June 26, 2018 / 10:33 am

    A just rant! Keep them coming! #DreamTeam

  9. June 26, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    Haha rant done! I followed a cyclist down our country lane today….she was on one of those. ‘I’m just riding on my French bike down past the wheat fields in my summer hat to have a divine picnic’. When I come along! Get off my road!! But being run over by a bike…must be a city thing! #dreamteam

  10. June 26, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Love the rant. It is entirely deserved. It does make me crazy when I go to cross a pedestrian crossing (with green man firmly in place I hasten to add) and myself and the kids nearly get taken out by a cyclist who doesn’t think the red light applies to them grrrrrrr! #DreamTeam

  11. June 26, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Oh I know what you mean! Unless it says it’s for cyclists only, it’s for sharing! #DreamTeam

  12. June 27, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Just have to say cyclists are often sinned against too: cut off on cycle pathways by badly parked cars, cut off by car doors suddenly opening, or buses cutting in on their cycle paths. They are not angels but have plenty to concern them too! Just saying! #DreamTeam

  13. June 27, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Oooh I so know what you mean!! I find teenagers are the worst… they bomb along and almost wipe me out! #Dreamteam

  14. June 27, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Yes, yes and yes!! #dreamteam

  15. June 27, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Surely cyclists are supposed to be on the road unless they’re children? They definitely need to be more considerate to pedestrians, just as drivers need to be more considerate to cyclists. Your rant is totally justified! #dreamteam

  16. June 27, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Bikes can kill and injure and you raise an important issue that is worth ranting about. Also although good people were inspired, I do feel the last Olympics in the UK created a fair few cycling monsters #DreamTeam

  17. June 29, 2018 / 6:13 am

    This is my pet peeve too! It’s really scary when they’re hurtling down the street so fast. I’ve had a few near misses but one day I’m sure it’ll be a clash. Loved that gif too ha ha #dreamteam

  18. June 29, 2018 / 8:41 am

    There are as you say the select few, and there needs to be more done – for them as well as about them. The roads aren’t safe, but that’s no excuse to make the pavements unsafe either.

    There’s a balance – I’ve seen as many buggies two abreast forcing people and other children onto the tarmac, or merrily strolling down a cycle path because it’s bigger, as I have bikes where they shouldn’t be.

    It’s almost the same issue as disabled parking in a parent bay, yes, they need convenient parking- but there’s a free bay there that I can’t use and you’re taking the last parent space! Play fair!

  19. June 29, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Especially when the path isn’t a dedicated ‘shared’ path! A cyclist can ride almost anywhere but a pram can not. I think in general cyclists could be more sharing of the path

  20. June 30, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    A meaningful rant. I feel that those paths should be wide enough for cyclist and pedestrians. Even here in South Africa, when there are bicycle lanes – cyclist still ride in the road and double up which is also so annoying as the motorist must give way to them #dreamteam

  21. July 1, 2018 / 8:45 pm

    This makes me so mad. Matthew’s school has a real problem with children cycling on the path almost hitting pregnant women, young children and all the rest of us! #dreamteam

  22. July 2, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Don’t get me started on this! We have a big problem with this on the promenade in front of our house where there’s supposed to be no cyclists…one rule for them & another rule for everybody else! #DreamTeam

  23. July 3, 2018 / 1:19 am

    The same cyclists who mow down pedestrians are the very ones who scream when people in cars mow them down. Society needs to learn to work together again, it’s just such a simple idea to be courteous. #DreamTeam

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