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j4 From: j4 Date: November 14th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe this culture could be changed if there was the political will to do it.

I'd like to believe that that was true, but a) I really don't know how they'd do it, and b) I don't think there will ever be the will to try. I am bitter and cynical, though.

My "One Less Dickhead" T-shirt is in the post.

Fewer! :)

But, yeah, me too. I do try not to be a dick. I genuinely don't do any of the things on the lists above, and I am also trying to refrain from shouting at other people, or at least only to shout purely factual things ("That was a red light!" or "Your lights aren't working!") rather than rude things.
monkeyhands From: monkeyhands Date: November 14th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am also trying to refrain from shouting at other people, or at least only to shout purely factual things ("That was a red light!" or "Your lights aren't working!") rather than rude things.

I try too, although quite often it's "LOOK WHERE YOU'RE GOING!" which might be construed as rude. :)

A woman shouted "IT'S A LEVEL CROSSING!" at me on Friday when I rode across a level crossing. I was pissed off enough to start a shouting match but I just shouted "Sorry!" to give her the benefit of the doubt because I'm sure she saw things very differently from me.

(What annoyed me was that I'd smiled at her a micro-second before, as a gesture of solidarity for someone else visiting a sick person in hospital, and I am certain that the smile is what emboldened her to yell at me.)

OTOH maybe she was the hospital's new Pointing Out Features Czar, concerned that I'd ridden across the beautiful level crossing without seeing it.
brrm From: brrm Date: November 14th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
A woman shouted "IT'S A LEVEL CROSSING!" at me on Friday when I rode across a level crossing

This made me curious (assuming you mean level crossing and not zebra crossing) - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_069837 says you only have to dismount if there's a sign. I'm not sure I've ever cycled across a level crossing... does anyone know how common such signs are?
monkeyhands From: monkeyhands Date: November 14th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
assuming you mean level crossing and not zebra crossing

Oops! Sorry, no, it was a zebra crossing, but she yelled "LEVEL CROSSING" and I didn't realise that was actually wrong until just now.

She was yelling because we approached the crossing at roughly the same time, so I was cycling through it just as she was preparing to cross, and I think she thought that since I'd obviously seen her, I should stop for her even though I was already going through the crossing when she reached it.

Of course, CCTV will probably show me ruthlessly knocking her over and then I'll feel very silly.
brrm From: brrm Date: November 14th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, I do that occasionally, e.g. shout at someone for parking in the bus lane (actually cycle lane). One of the many reasons I'm trying to give up yelling. :-)
And it can be hard to work out if people are intending to cross zebras (as it were) and not just holding one of their "stand next to the zebra crossing" parties.

Edited at 2010-11-14 11:15 pm (UTC)
monkeyhands From: monkeyhands Date: November 15th, 2010 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
holding one of their "stand next to the zebra crossing" parties.

This made me LOL.
offensive_mango From: offensive_mango Date: November 14th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whenever I yell "that was a red light" at a cyclist as s/he is going through it while pedestrians are trying to cross (which is the only reason for this particular red light, and as pedestrians we get precisely 7 seconds to go from one side to the other before traffic gets a green light again), I get told that I can go fvck myself and/or that I'm a cvnt. Pretty much every time. I wonder why so many cyclists in my area think they have the right to weave through people crossing at a pedestrian crossing and not get called out for it.

Whenever I am a cyclist, I find that the danger from both pedestrians and cars diminishes as I use the road more like a car (that is, when I move into the road as opposed to hugging the side of the road). This was a revelation to me as a skittish cyclist--it initially felt more dangerous until I realized how much more visible I was to cars behind me and how much less likely I was to hit a pedestrian who decided to wander out before looking.

(I'm not telling you this because I think you don't know it already; I'm sure you do. I'm just noting my own surprise when I learned it.)
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