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Just read this and I am gobsmacked. Maybe we are missing some important facts but surely this can't be right. I can see cyclist insurance becoming compulsory.

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I agree with the theory of Cyclists being insured to compensate any one they hit by cycling irresponsibly but this case is one where the Law is an Ass.
If the cyclist had had mandatory insurance he wouldn't now face being bankrupt for a minor collision that, basically, was not of his making.
And how Legal fees of around £100,000 can be justified is beyond my comprehension.
Bl**dy Legal profession.....

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I was at light controlled crossing this morning people crossing, light still at red and he set off as soon as the crossing was clear, I had my window down at the time so gave him a good bollocking, he just looked at me as if he didn't understand, are they all just thick?
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I was at light controlled crossing this morning people crossing, light still at red and he set off as soon as the crossing was clear, I had my window down at the time so gave him a good bollocking, he just looked at me as if he didn't understand, are they all just thick?

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It's you that doesn't understand: have you not read the 'Lycra Cyclists Mantra'


"Nothing applies to me unless I want it to - including



Red Lights
Pedestrian Crossings
Undertaking
Swerving onto the pavement between old ladies and children


No, I do not have to have a bell, because I can just shout 'Get out of my Fecking way"


Kev, my lad, you are totally lacking in 'W*nker Respect' and need re-educating.






Either that, or get some Bull Bars and do your worst.
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The trouble with cyclists is they ride bikes on the road, but on the plus side the NHS would be short of organ donors if they all stopped.
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The trouble with cyclists is they ride bikes on the road, but on the plus side the NHS would be short of organ donors if they all stopped.

OK Kev


It can be Bull Bars and blank organ donor cards at the ready.
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That report doesn't mention that according to articles printed elsewhere three members of the public acted as witnesses on behalf of the cyclist and said that the woman just walked into the road without looking.

In the past I've seen some alarming manoeuvres by cyclists who can sometimes be quite aggressive in their riding, but this judgement, if reported accurately, defies common sense as I understand it.
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Yes, if we all rode/drove so as to avoid the eejit pedestrian just walking into our path we'd be driving at 5mph. (maybe)

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but this judgement, if reported accurately, defies common sense as I understand it.
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It certainly does defy common sense - £96,000 in Legal costs - WTF ?

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Why is it that mention of cyclists/motorcyclists/pedestrians brings out lots of sweeping generalisations as to their bad behaviour etc. Every class of road user (including pedestrians) has both good and bad and extrapolating a few observed examples of bad behaviour to the whole class is daft.


I agree that the court case result mentioned above appears to be bizzare. If blame was 50:50 then it suggests that not only cyclists need insurance but so do pedestrians. As a pedestrian, cyclist, car driver, motorhome driver and one-time motorcyclist I would need a whole raft of insurances!
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