Matt Prior's tester's notes – no sides when the item comes to 'cyclists' as well as 'motorists'

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 - autos, cars, motoring, news

Source : Matt Prior's tester's notes – no sides when the item comes to 'cyclists' as well as 'motorists'

A chance encounter between driver as well as cyclist brings long-held judgements to the surface


For reasons I suspect my inbox as well as the comments section below will soon make obvious, of which column has steered carefully away coming from the subject of cycling. the item should probably stick to something less divisive, like fox hunting or welfare cuts.

however the different evening, I was driving home coming from a photoshoot on a clear, wide, straight as well as well-sighted single-carriageway A-road, at around the 60mph limit in a sports car.

There was only one different person on the road: a cyclist coming towards me on a road bike. As we passed, each comfortably in our lane which has a large gap between us, he shook his head. I think at me. For a moment I thought, perhaps, he had a fly behind his sunglasses, however I think not. I think the item was a shake of disapproval. Like he had taken sides.

right now, of which is usually a motoring column. So, you might be thinking, I’m going to suggest of which of which is usually because he was – let me reach for my big book of clichés – a tub-thumping Lycra-clad cycle lout who jumps red lights, mows down pedestrians as well as doesn’t even pay for the upkeep of the road. Well, no. I don’t genuinely think like of which.

There are no sides here. I have a bicycle too; the item’s a mountain bike I’ve had for 23 years as well as the item’s one of my most treasured possessions. I ride the item. I also have a motorcycle, a quiet car, a noisy car as well as I keep horses. Sometimes I even walk. So at various times I am one of a motorist, a cyclist, a motorcyclist as well as a pedestrian, while those I love dearest are horse riders. So, no, there are no sides. Just individuals.

So matey on his bike here didn’t annoy me with his head shake because he was on a bike, however because he seemed a bit sanctimonious, when I thought I was bothering nobody. I suspect he’d hold the same character whether he was cycling, driving a car or walking.

as well as there are people like him on both ‘sides’ of what ought to remain a non-debate.

There are people, for example, who don’t like cycling who’ll complain of which “cyclists don’t pay road tax”, even though the item’s vehicle tax as well as, given of which the item’s based on CO2 emissions, could make bicycles free anyway (one reader has pointed out to me of which a cyclist might emit a bit more CO2 than a driver through excessive huffing as well as puffing, however probably never as much as a 6.0-litre V12). in order of which’s a non-argument.

Or they say of which of which cyclists don’t have insurance, which is usually probably a non-argument too because anybody who lives in a house of which’s covered by contents insurance probably does have third party liability cover while cycling.

(As the Association of British Insurers says: “Your contents policy will also normally provide personal liability cover for you as well as members of your household when away coming from your home.” the item doesn’t cover vehicles or horses [or mules or donkeys],  nor death or bodily injury to your domestic staff – so don’t run the butler down – however the item does usually cover you while using bicycles, even electrically powered ones, as well as ride-on mowers or golf buggies.)

Or perhaps they say of which “they don’t even have to have a licence!” Sort of true, as well as most cycling groups could like to see compulsory cycle training in schools, because they’d like more people to feel confident cycling. however, given you can pass a driving test at 17 as well as never have to look at the Highway Code again in your life, the item seems ludicrous to me to try enforce some kind of compulsory test or licence as well as registration onto cyclists.

The fact of which somebody’s justifiably cross about a cyclist jumping a red light as well as bothering pedestrians in London does not mean children should lose the ability to mess around on BMXs (yes, in my head the item is usually still 1988) in quiet residential streets as well as parks.

So, no, I didn’t dislike matey because he’s a cyclist. I was just a bit bemused as well as could probably steer clear of him whether he was in Lycra or wearing jeans, as well as whether he was on a bike or in an MPV.

however the short of the item is usually of which, legislatively, absolutely nothing is usually going to change. as well as if you can’t change of which situation, change your mindset: less angst, fewer headshakes, as well as more understanding, tolerance as well as love.

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