- Donosti, Basque Country
- T6.1 Ocean 150
Seems trends have shifted. I’d wager that 30 years ago, drunk drivers killed more people than they do now, due to it becoming socially unacceptable. Now, there are other factors: Infotainment, mobiles… The end result is similar.I’m a cyclist, I used to ride outdoors a lot, but a friend of mine got knocked off his bike and killed just over a year ago, by a driver looking at Facebook on her mobile phone. I don’t really go out any more as that accident really put me off. I’ve now got a nice indoor set up with a Wattbike and Zwift (basically gaming/racing other people in a virtual world) - there’s no road rage, animosity between different road users, bad weather, punctures etc. More importantly there’s no morons stuck to their phone screens driving vehicles. You only have to watch a few cars/vans/lorries etc passing by and you’ll see “eyes down” from someone in no time. It’s getting ridiculous now.
However……this Mikey chap is just making things worse in my opinion. He is looking for, and finding (easily as I’ve said) drivers behaving badly. He ain’t going to stop that. He’s just feeding the anger towards cyclists. I’ve seen cyclists in London and a lot of them are as badly behaved as some of the car drivers. So there’s always going to be anger.
The police need to start doing something about this mobile phone usage. But they don’t/aren’t. Whilst people can get away with it they will. And they do. Thousands of them everyday. The roads are a dangerous battleground. My friend's family have been devastated by what happened. Married with two young daughters. Ripped apart - for Facebook ffs
I hope CM is helping to make the latter distractions socially unacceptable too. That taxi driver on the video is both cringe inducing and lethal in his habits. If anyone watching that thinks “Oh the taxi driver has got a point. I’ll be sure to close-pass cyclists in the future because CM is a cyclist too, and many cyclists jump red lights” it just shows we need to stop pandering to the lowest common denominator. Even the copper at the end says “but they jump red lights and ride four abreast”. Can we not make it socially unacceptable to be a thick t**t?