Mardvagen wrote:Ok, so I'll take the gender bias out of a commonly used phrase as you don't understand it. Here is my point in simple language
I wasn't really looking for a fight, but since you're so keen, here goes...
Mardvagen wrote:Some people in Hertford ride on the footway (pavement) when it is prohibited to do so (children are excepted under Police guidance).
It's illegal to ride on the pavement for everyone, but children are only "allowed" to since they're below the age of criminal responsibility. In addition to this, the official line from the Department for Transport (DfT) is that cyclists may ride on the footway – more commonly referred to as pavements – provided they do so considerately, and that police officers need to exercise discretion.
Mardvagen wrote:Apart from Gascoyne Way Hertford is not a very dangerous place to cycle (go to any big city or urban conurbation and compare). If they feel they have to ride on the footway because they think the roads are unsafe, maybe they should question their cycling ability & confidence.
My whole argument has been about perceived danger. You've clearly never experienced motorists deliberately swerving as close as possible to you on an overtake on a country lane, or being beeped at up Port Hill, or had half a can of Red Bull thrown at you from a passenger window, or been told to "F**k off onto the pavement, you c**t" when it's the car that's failed to give way on Fore Street, or a delivery van squeezing past you on a narrow road with two rows of parked cars on either side only to stop 100 metres down the road and have the driver door open on you, or (my favourite) a pot smoking driver shout you "F**king Be**end" at you because you STOPPED at a red light on St. Andrew St.
Mardvagen wrote:Shouting at people with small children to get out the way so they zip past on their bike when the road is perfectly safe to cycle on it not acceptable
You're right. It's not acceptable. But one incident of this behaviour isn't typical behaviour of cyclists in general. Meanwhile motorists speeding, parking dangerously, using mobiles at the wheel, drink/drug driving, running red lights and generally being aggressive is something I see on a typical bike ride.
Mardvagen wrote:There, a lot clearer now.
Just as clear the first time round, but more patronising.