A cyclist’s life can be a trying one!

Cycling is now pretty much mainstream activity for commuting, leisure, fitness etc. and with us staring down the barrel of environmental disaster called climate change it is set to become an activity that the vast majority of us are going to have to engage with because it’s carbon neutral.

But unlike places like Holland our cycle networks are at best poor or absolutely bloody inadequate would probably be a better description. Of course I’ve highlighted such problems on this blog site previously and I’ve also commented on the tussle between vehicle drivers and cyclists too. On this latter subject just try to get your head around this:-

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Frankly the ‘accident’ looks more like premeditated attempted murder to me and how the cyclist survived is close to miraculous. One can only hope the car driver is permanently off the road.

Bad drivers make bad cyclists in my experience, if they jump red lights when driving they are highly likely to do the same when riding. I know some drivers get upset with cyclists because they slow them down, some will even overtake cyclists far too closely and dangerously in frustration. They curse the cyclist when often they are actually the problem but as I say a poor cyclist is probably a poor driver too.

And returning to safe cycle routes, there’s one on Gorsey Lane in Netherton and here’s a photo of it together with a misleading sign:-

I’m actually stood with my bike at what seems to be the end of the Bus/Taxi/cycle lane but in reality the cycle lane continues as part of a widened shared pavement space with pedestrians, so why does the sign say end of cycle route Sefton Council?

Thanks to CJ for the lead to this posting.

Stop Press:- Only 30 minutes after posting this I was out on my bike (8.50am) and at the junction of Liverpool Road North and Granville Ave in Maghull a white van all but knocked me off the road! The driver overtook me on the junction and then pulled in half on the pavement right in front of me. How I managed to stop I don’t know. When I questioned him his response was to tell me to ‘get off the road’. I realised things could get out of hand so left it to return to the row of shops he seemed to be delivering to later. Sadly, having called at all the shops in the row (10am) I’ve not been able to identify his company. If only I’d got his registration number, this was clearly a dangerous driving Police matter in my opinion but he’s got away with it.

4 thoughts on “A cyclist’s life can be a trying one!

  1. Bob Jungels says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Tony. It’s important this kind of story (the hit-and-run incident) is shared widely. Attitudes towards cyclists are worsening, and incidents like this are burning to froth to the surface.
    A chap in our club (HMCC) was recently pushed off his bike while riding along Hoscar Moss Road a few weeks back by a bunch of chavs from their car.
    Ended up in hospital as a result of his injuries, but to them it was just a joke.
    If young people are growing up with behaviour like this then what hope do we have in years to come when they fully develop the Road Rage disease and have bigger, nastier cars.
    Come to think of it, the same thing happened to a lady from the club around the same time, along Dark Lane in Lathom. She didn’t end up in hospital fortunately, but one would assume it was the same gang of dickheads.

    Regarding that bit of infra on Gorsey Lane. Well, what can you say?!
    As my Dutch design counterparts would say, “Go home, engineer. You are drunk”.
    To be fair to Gorsey Lane, I don’t mind riding along there due to its wide nature. It’s quite an unusual layout, as its not totally clear what the inside line is for, but as a cyclist, I often find I have the whole lane to myself until you get over Cooksons Bridge (coming from the south), where it files back down to one lane and then getting to the messy Buckley Hill junction.
    Much worse examples than this, but still, important to discuss!

  2. Bob Jungels says:

    https://www.outsideonline.com/2392955/lets-talk-about-drivers-hitting-cyclists

    This is also worth a read following on from my response to your post about the tragedy that unfolded along Bold Lane, Aughton, last August.
    You may remember I complained about the poor media coverage and the lack of response from the Council (only took them over 6 months to resurface the road?).
    It doesn’t help when you have anti-cycling media outlets such as the Daily Mail blaming cyclists for their own crashes. Such irresponsible journalism.

  3. Frank says:

    Reflecting on Bold Lane, a few weeks ago I was cycling on a beautiful sunny morning along the very same stretch of road where the tragic death had occurred.

    I was being closely followed by a large 4×4 vehicle, who decided he would impatiently overtake me on a blind corner, he initially overtook me with a safe width from my bike but then had to cut into my path due another oncoming 4×4 who expressed his shock and anger with his car horn.

    Only a matter of a few hundred yards down the road I saw the same driver leaving his car, entering the Co-Op to buy a newspaper!

    The driver was not exactly the age of the Prince Phillip but probably in his 70s, however his driving was staggeringly unbelievable, particularly in light of the tragic history this road has experienced already. His only motivation for not waiting less than 10 seconds for a clear view to overtake me was simply to buy a newspaper!

    Yes, I was angry, I nearly pursued him into the shop to tell him that he had nearly killed me, potentially could’ve killed him self and the oncoming vehicle, on a road that had already taken someone’s life and for what – a newspaper.

    No, the day was too nice to spoil with a confrontation with a questionable outcome, but on reflection his behaviour went unchecked with potential consequences for others.

  4. Phil Holden says:

    We have a long way to go to build the right culture for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to share space safely and politely. Indeed nothing much is being done to do that. As a pedsetrian-motorist and rather ex-cyclist I’m not a fan of pavements with a line down the middle, unless they are sufficiently wide. One is being built near us with periodic narrow chicanes, not sure how they are going to mark them for priority between 2 feet and two wheels! A lot of investment is needed but some of it needs to go into awareness not just infrastructure

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