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Alive and well – angry old bike hating man of Glasgow

Very angry old man

These guys aren’t a joke – and really do exist.

Last night’s was a real foul-mouthed boozer I was unfortunate enough to pass, propped up against the railings outside the Fiveways Inn at Parkhead Cross.

At close to 11 pm and with apparently deserted streets I thought I was safe enough to slip off the road at the lights outside the pub since I was about to turn left into Duke Street. Regular travellers passing through those lights will know there’s time to boil a kettle and have some tea while waiting for them to change, as it’s a 5-way junction with awkward alignment that almost allow only one road at a time to flow.

I amble along the footpath when I am on it (for whatever reason – bearing in mind when a cyclist arrives at their destination they can’t teleport their bike and make it disappear), as opposed to whizzing along at 15-20 mph like some, yet as I passed (probably boozed up) angry old bike hating man I got a volley of abuse as regards being on the pavement.

Pity it was just about dark – I’ve decided to honour them with a pic. All their efforts in the name of pedestrian safety deserve to be rewarded.

It’s amazing, as I’d done a 16-mile round trip to Partick, on the road, and yes, on the pavement in that area, which like Parkhead has a number of shared cycle/pedestrian areas, all with no problems. In fact, in the west end, as opposed to the east end’s abuse, it’s almost embarrassing as people apologise and get out of the way of cyclists. Unlike the east end, the west end is full of cyclists, and despite the higher numbers and greater density, cyclists and pedestrians seem to be able to coexist without confrontation.

Parkhead Fiveways Inn

Parkhead Fiveways Inn

Coincidentally…

This writer may be on to something:

I blame the lurid Lycra itself. Cyclists become ‘other’ once they don garish, overly-tight costumes

The anger directed towards cyclists is ridiculous when so many of us ride bicycles

For what it’s worth, I DON’T wear Lycra (and never will), and actually see those who do as ‘other’, and avoid them.

However, I’d also suggest we (ordinary cyclists) need to start getting our own house in order, and do something about the self-appointed cycling activists and campaigners who are becoming far too aggressive.

Many of them are probably well-meaning, but the mouthy and impatient few are beginning to become more of a liability that a benefit, and causing reasonable people to take an anti-cycling stance, instead of being supportive.

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08/08/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , ,

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