Cyclists on the road

Cyclists on the road

Cyclists on the road

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I AM writing in answer to Mr J Wellman’s recent letter about Lycra clad cyclists not using the cycle path. Well, here are some of the reasons why: Cycle paths are for leisure cycling for children and adults, so when a Lycra cyclist is on the road he is training to race, and you can not do the speed on a cycle path. It would be very dangerous to other users of the cycle path.

Lots of people say cyclists do not pay road tax, well if you own a car you pay road tax and you cannot drive your car and ride your bike at the same time, so I don’t pay road tax in one form.

The people that use the Rodwell trail complain about bike riders going fast on the route and quite right. Cycle paths and trails are for leisure walking and riding, not racing.

J EAST

Wellfields Drive

Bridport

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1:36pm Fri 29 Aug 14

chesilboy says...

Whilst I agree with the general message of your letter, one thing continues to irk me:

Just because someone is riding a road bike, on the road, in cycling clothes - it does not mean they are 'training to race'. It just means they are riding a bike more than a few miles. They could be training, but more likely they are just riding to work.

Wearing Lycra is not exclusive to racers and pros, it's normal cycle wear. If I go scuba diving, I don't wear a party dress ;)
Whilst I agree with the general message of your letter, one thing continues to irk me: Just because someone is riding a road bike, on the road, in cycling clothes - it does not mean they are 'training to race'. It just means they are riding a bike more than a few miles. They could be training, but more likely they are just riding to work. Wearing Lycra is not exclusive to racers and pros, it's normal cycle wear. If I go scuba diving, I don't wear a party dress ;) chesilboy
  • Score: 24

2:00pm Fri 29 Aug 14

JamesYoung says...

chesilboy wrote:
Whilst I agree with the general message of your letter, one thing continues to irk me:

Just because someone is riding a road bike, on the road, in cycling clothes - it does not mean they are 'training to race'. It just means they are riding a bike more than a few miles. They could be training, but more likely they are just riding to work.

Wearing Lycra is not exclusive to racers and pros, it's normal cycle wear. If I go scuba diving, I don't wear a party dress ;)
I heard you wear a dress only at weekends, Chesil. Is it true :-) ?
[quote][p][bold]chesilboy[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree with the general message of your letter, one thing continues to irk me: Just because someone is riding a road bike, on the road, in cycling clothes - it does not mean they are 'training to race'. It just means they are riding a bike more than a few miles. They could be training, but more likely they are just riding to work. Wearing Lycra is not exclusive to racers and pros, it's normal cycle wear. If I go scuba diving, I don't wear a party dress ;)[/p][/quote]I heard you wear a dress only at weekends, Chesil. Is it true :-) ? JamesYoung
  • Score: 4

2:09pm Fri 29 Aug 14

chesilboy says...

All weekend, except when I'm diving or cycling. Then I wear rubber or Lycra ;)
All weekend, except when I'm diving or cycling. Then I wear rubber or Lycra ;) chesilboy
  • Score: 14

7:57am Sat 30 Aug 14

ScaredAmoeba says...

"Lots of people say cyclists do not pay road tax, well if you own a car you pay road tax and you cannot drive your car and ride your bike at the same time, so I don’t pay road tax in one form."
There is no such thing as road-tax. Road-tax dis exist, but it was abolished in 1937, before WW2. The soon to be discontinued tax disc is for vehicle excise duty. VED is a pollution tax, and does not pay for the roads, it is a pollution tax, based on CO2 emissions, that's why band a vehicles are zer-rated.
"Lots of people say cyclists do not pay road tax, well if you own a car you pay road tax and you cannot drive your car and ride your bike at the same time, so I don’t pay road tax in one form." There is no such thing as road-tax. Road-tax dis exist, but it was abolished in 1937, before WW2. The soon to be discontinued tax disc is for vehicle excise duty. VED is a pollution tax, and does not pay for the roads, it is a pollution tax, based on CO2 emissions, that's why band a vehicles are zer-rated. ScaredAmoeba
  • Score: 9

1:15pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Be_Happy says...

I have no problem with the real road cyclists, as they go at a good pace and mostly are road aware, its the weekend lycra lot I have issues with - I have seen middle aged lycra cyclists on the road going slower then youths on mountain bikes on the cycle path, these are the people that annoy me.
I have no problem with the real road cyclists, as they go at a good pace and mostly are road aware, its the weekend lycra lot I have issues with - I have seen middle aged lycra cyclists on the road going slower then youths on mountain bikes on the cycle path, these are the people that annoy me. Be_Happy
  • Score: 1

9:20pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Bollard says...

I like the fact that certain people always use the 'road tax' argument. It makes it much easier to spot the muppets! (as it would be £0 for zero C02 emissions!)
I like the fact that certain people always use the 'road tax' argument. It makes it much easier to spot the muppets! (as it would be £0 for zero C02 emissions!) Bollard
  • Score: 6

9:53pm Sat 30 Aug 14

JackJohnson says...

Cyclists are not 'zero emissions'. Methane is worse for the environment than CO2. Parp!
Cyclists are not 'zero emissions'. Methane is worse for the environment than CO2. Parp! JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

10:17pm Sat 30 Aug 14

ScaredAmoeba says...

JackJohnson wrote:
Cyclists are not 'zero emissions'. Methane is worse for the environment than CO2. Parp!
"Methane is worse for the environment than CO2. Parp!"
Methane is worse for the environment than CO2. However human flatus is not so far as I can tell, constituted of primarily of methane.
Except, flatus is primarily other gases. Methane may not even be present.

It is important not to confuse the gaseous emissions of ruminants with humans, the digestive processes are different.
[quote][p][bold]JackJohnson[/bold] wrote: Cyclists are not 'zero emissions'. Methane is worse for the environment than CO2. Parp![/p][/quote]"Methane is worse for the environment than CO2. Parp!" Methane is worse for the environment than CO2. However human flatus is not so far as I can tell, constituted of primarily of methane. Except, flatus is primarily other gases. Methane may not even be present. It is important not to confuse the gaseous emissions of ruminants with humans, the digestive processes are different. ScaredAmoeba
  • Score: -2
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