Cycle safety competition - closing date May 31

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POLICE are hoping to spread the word about cycle safety with a competition on Twitter.

All cyclists have to do is send a picture of themselves wearing all their road cycling safety gear via Twitter.

Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Helen Wain said: "Officers and PSCOs are nationally aiming to educate and enforce where appropriate a road safety message to help keep cyclists and their equipment safe, the general message being to reduce road casualties and crime.

"We are currently targeting a spate of cycle thefts in the city and to tackle to road safety element we are running a competition on Twitter (@WorcesterCops) for cyclists to send us a picture of themselves wearing their cycle safety gear. At the end of the month we will draw a winner at random, and they will receive a shiny new adult and child's cycle helmet, thanks to The Green Bike Company (Bromyard Rd)."

The closing date for the competition is Saturday, May 31.

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11:37am Fri 23 May 14

pudniw_gib says...

hmmm plastic hat and fluorescent jacket,, v's a 2 ton steel box... I don't think the emphasis should be on the cyclist's clothing but more the driving standards we have to endure when we ride on the roads.
Before anyone rants on about cyclists jumping red lights and riding on pavements that should be covered as well as road craft being taught properly to cyclists and not the usual crap about helmets and using cycle paths.
I take groups of novice cyclists out on rides around the lanes of Worcestershire and it is bloody scary sometimes having cars overtaking us on blind bends and driving at us on lanes. I'm investing in a head cam to record and report is stuff.
hmmm plastic hat and fluorescent jacket,, v's a 2 ton steel box... I don't think the emphasis should be on the cyclist's clothing but more the driving standards we have to endure when we ride on the roads. Before anyone rants on about cyclists jumping red lights and riding on pavements that should be covered as well as road craft being taught properly to cyclists and not the usual crap about helmets and using cycle paths. I take groups of novice cyclists out on rides around the lanes of Worcestershire and it is bloody scary sometimes having cars overtaking us on blind bends and driving at us on lanes. I'm investing in a head cam to record and report is stuff. pudniw_gib
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12:46pm Fri 23 May 14

truth must out says...

pudniw_gib wrote:
hmmm plastic hat and fluorescent jacket,, v's a 2 ton steel box... I don't think the emphasis should be on the cyclist's clothing but more the driving standards we have to endure when we ride on the roads.
Before anyone rants on about cyclists jumping red lights and riding on pavements that should be covered as well as road craft being taught properly to cyclists and not the usual crap about helmets and using cycle paths.
I take groups of novice cyclists out on rides around the lanes of Worcestershire and it is bloody scary sometimes having cars overtaking us on blind bends and driving at us on lanes. I'm investing in a head cam to record and report is stuff.
So the police want to highlight safety gear and you turn it in to an anti-motorist rant............
[quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: hmmm plastic hat and fluorescent jacket,, v's a 2 ton steel box... I don't think the emphasis should be on the cyclist's clothing but more the driving standards we have to endure when we ride on the roads. Before anyone rants on about cyclists jumping red lights and riding on pavements that should be covered as well as road craft being taught properly to cyclists and not the usual crap about helmets and using cycle paths. I take groups of novice cyclists out on rides around the lanes of Worcestershire and it is bloody scary sometimes having cars overtaking us on blind bends and driving at us on lanes. I'm investing in a head cam to record and report is stuff.[/p][/quote]So the police want to highlight safety gear and you turn it in to an anti-motorist rant............ truth must out
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12:55pm Fri 23 May 14

Hwicce says...

pudniw_gib wrote:
hmmm plastic hat and fluorescent jacket,, v's a 2 ton steel box... I don't think the emphasis should be on the cyclist's clothing but more the driving standards we have to endure when we ride on the roads.
Before anyone rants on about cyclists jumping red lights and riding on pavements that should be covered as well as road craft being taught properly to cyclists and not the usual crap about helmets and using cycle paths.
I take groups of novice cyclists out on rides around the lanes of Worcestershire and it is bloody scary sometimes having cars overtaking us on blind bends and driving at us on lanes. I'm investing in a head cam to record and report is stuff.
Maybe if they are novice cyclists you should take them somewhere safer until they are not novices?
[quote][p][bold]pudniw_gib[/bold] wrote: hmmm plastic hat and fluorescent jacket,, v's a 2 ton steel box... I don't think the emphasis should be on the cyclist's clothing but more the driving standards we have to endure when we ride on the roads. Before anyone rants on about cyclists jumping red lights and riding on pavements that should be covered as well as road craft being taught properly to cyclists and not the usual crap about helmets and using cycle paths. I take groups of novice cyclists out on rides around the lanes of Worcestershire and it is bloody scary sometimes having cars overtaking us on blind bends and driving at us on lanes. I'm investing in a head cam to record and report is stuff.[/p][/quote]Maybe if they are novice cyclists you should take them somewhere safer until they are not novices? Hwicce
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2:44pm Fri 23 May 14

pudniw_gib says...

Both those comments are ill thought out.
We have the right to use the road as a novice cyclist without intimidation from bad tempered and ill mannered impatient car drivers and I am ranting because the police and other authorities do very little to help vulnerable road users apart from putting the onus on us to take care!
There needs to be a proper policy of education for drivers of motorised transport.
If I wait to pass a cyclist on a busy road I often have an irate car driver on my tail.
I am angry because of the attitude of many drivers to the well being of other road users, other drivers included. Overtaking bikes and horses into oncoming traffic is very common, we've all been on the receiving end of this. So aren't you angry about the inconsiderateness of this very common practice?
What about being cut up by other drivers? happens to cyclists every day.
Getting some cretin passing a few inches from your mirror at several times your speed? Well try it riding a bike, having a car pass at 50mph and so close that there is nowhere to go if there is a pothole in front of you.
How much time is spent on driver education after the driving test is done? None.
One silly cyclist accidentally ends up on the motorway following his satnav... headlines in the media, what about the millions of drivers who partake in seriously dangerous behaviour on the motorway every day, does that get coverage? Only after a pileup directly caused by some idiot texting in the fast lane.
Both those comments are ill thought out. We have the right to use the road as a novice cyclist without intimidation from bad tempered and ill mannered impatient car drivers and I am ranting because the police and other authorities do very little to help vulnerable road users apart from putting the onus on us to take care! There needs to be a proper policy of education for drivers of motorised transport. If I wait to pass a cyclist on a busy road I often have an irate car driver on my tail. I am angry because of the attitude of many drivers to the well being of other road users, other drivers included. Overtaking bikes and horses into oncoming traffic is very common, we've all been on the receiving end of this. So aren't you angry about the inconsiderateness of this very common practice? What about being cut up by other drivers? happens to cyclists every day. Getting some cretin passing a few inches from your mirror at several times your speed? Well try it riding a bike, having a car pass at 50mph and so close that there is nowhere to go if there is a pothole in front of you. How much time is spent on driver education after the driving test is done? None. One silly cyclist accidentally ends up on the motorway following his satnav... headlines in the media, what about the millions of drivers who partake in seriously dangerous behaviour on the motorway every day, does that get coverage? Only after a pileup directly caused by some idiot texting in the fast lane. pudniw_gib
  • Score: 2

3:47pm Fri 23 May 14

The answer is 42 says...

Sadly misguided resources spent on getting the victims to defend themselves - 80% of all injuries to cyclists over 25 are, according to the police officer recording the incident, either solely or partly the responsibility of the driver.
A recent Department of Transport study found that 2% of injury cases where caused by cyclists disobeying a red light, 2.5% wearing dark clothing at night and 2% no lights.
It would be far more effective simply get those officers on the streets of Worcester educating the poor standard of driving seen every day, mobile phones, speed, illegal manoeuvres, crazy parking etc. I have enough of an effort avoiding them so how on earth an unprotected cyclist is supposed to survive I don't know.
Never mind we pay our taxes and the politicians waste the money, no change there then!
Sadly misguided resources spent on getting the victims to defend themselves - 80% of all injuries to cyclists over 25 are, according to the police officer recording the incident, either solely or partly the responsibility of the driver. A recent Department of Transport study found that 2% of injury cases where caused by cyclists disobeying a red light, 2.5% wearing dark clothing at night and 2% no lights. It would be far more effective simply get those officers on the streets of Worcester educating the poor standard of driving seen every day, mobile phones, speed, illegal manoeuvres, crazy parking etc. I have enough of an effort avoiding them so how on earth an unprotected cyclist is supposed to survive I don't know. Never mind we pay our taxes and the politicians waste the money, no change there then! The answer is 42
  • Score: 1

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