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uisgebeatha From: uisgebeatha Date: November 10th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Useful points for cycling, those. Interestingly, they've been sort of applying to driving for me at the moment too, because a lot of the cock-ups I've been making have been because I've not been visible, or hugging the kerb (which might be a relic from how I cycle :/).

I'd like to think I'm not a jerk on the road; I've unfortunately come across slightly more cyclists doing douchey things to give me a fright, who have of course reacted with jerky words and gestures when I've had to slam on the brakes. It's never the cyclist's fault, is it? :(

(Does that workshop offer adult cycling courses, OOI? I've seen that sort of thing around Cambridge, and I think a lot of folk would benefit from them, myself included!)

I'd agree with Ingrid on weighing up the risks and whatnot. You're sensible enough to know what you're doing and just generally be careful :)

Edited at 2010-11-10 03:35 pm (UTC)
j4 From: j4 Date: November 10th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's never the cyclist's fault, is it? :(

Eh? I certainly didn't say that. Checking my post, what I said was:
There was a third not-explicitly-stated rule of "don't be a jerk". I wish more road users followed that one. There's another post in my head about Stupid Behaviour I Observe On The Roads Every Day, but really, who wants to read it? We all see it often enough anyway.
No mention of motorists whatsoever there as far as I can see: "road users" includes cyclists too!

Every single day I see stupid and dangerous behaviour from motorists (cars, buses, taxis, whatever), cyclists, and pedestrians. I don't see many motorcyclists at all on my daily commute, otherwise I'm sure they'd do dumb things too. Perhaps I should make that post after all, to make it crystal clear that I'm not attributing all the stupidity to one group of road users.

As for the question about training: yes, the Oxford Cycle Workshop does adult cycle training. In Cambridge, the Council actually offer adult cycle training: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/safety/education/adult+cycle+training.htm.
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