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Episode 39 of Silly Cyclists is out and below are the show notes.
Footage used from the following youtube users.
10 – Cyclist undertakes and swerves in front of a moving car which is trying to overtake another cyclist. A big potential for a collision.
9 – Cyclist shows little patience with a large vehicle that is turning around. Putting him self in the blind spot for a few seconds.
8 – A salmon cyclist cycling the wrong way onto a busy roundabout.
7 – A salmon cyclist cycling over a one way bridge when the correct bridge to use is on a stones throw away up the road. He forces another road user to change lanes to avoid a head on collision.
6 – A cyclist is riding no hands, with headphones whilst looking at his phone on a shared path. As he isn’t paying attention he is startled by a cyclist who calls out that he is passing.
5 – A cyclist joins a busy road from a minor road without looking and causes another road user to swerve to avoid a collision
4 – A cyclist positions him self in the blind spot of a driver and nearly has a collision when the driver changes lane, it is best to keep your self out of the blind zone of all vehicles. If you can see them in their mirrors, then they can see you (if they look)
3 – A cyclist doesn’t have his rear brake hooked up, I inform him of this and he shrugs it off. What is silly is that I saw him with exactly the same set up nearly a year before hand.
2 – A cyclist filters the wrong side of a traffic island with on coming traffic, potentially very dangerous
1 – A cyclist crosses the road without looking and has a collision with another road user. This could have easily been one of the vehicles behind and the cyclist could have been seriously injured.
The savvy cyclist indicated her intentions well and held a strong line to hold her lane. Confidence is the secret to safe and happy cycling.
It has been a long time coming, a little over 2 months in fact! But here it is, episode 38 of Silly Cyclists. This episode should be one of the best yet!
This episode sees contributions from many new sources, and here are all of them listed in order in which they appear.
Why where these cyclists Silly?
10 – Cycling on the wrong side of the road, lane splitting, making rude gestures at others.
9 – Crossing the stop line at a red light and blocking the crossing for pedestrians
8 – Cutting across the path of another road user. Caution should be made when exiting roads, even on roundabouts, users may not indicate their intentions clearly, it is worth while hanging back until you are sure what they want to do.
7 – Cycling along the tramway the wrong way and crossing a road without clearly checking what is coming
6 – Cycling through a red light on a pelican crossing with people crossing
5 – Not sticking to the right side of the cycle path and nearly having a head on collision with another cyclist
4 – Cycling into a vehicle and then fleeing the scene
3 – Taking the corner too fast and too tight, causing traction to be lost on the front wheel
2 – Taking a corner too fast and too tight with a trailer, causing it to tip
1 – Red light jumping cyclist caused another cyclist to take evasive action to avoid a collision, the cyclists brakes where not working and his evasive action was very nearly a collision with several road users.
This episodes savvy cyclist was smart enough to choose to walk their bike through the snow rather than risk coming off and hurting her self.
The end of last week saw the launch of The Times campaign ‘Cities for Cyclists’ where the producer of Silly Cyclists was featured, talking about helmet cameras. The majority of danger to cyclists is from other road users, but as cyclists we can do just a little bit extra to keep us self safe, and this is where Silly Cyclists hopes to educate a few people.
Why are the cyclists silly?
10 – Cycling on the wrong side of the road, could have easily ended up with a collision with any other road users coming the other way.
9 – Again cycling in the wrong direction, other road users aren’t expecting you to cycle the wrong way.
8 – Riding on the pavement, joining the road without looking first.
7 – Cycled the wrong side of the traffic island, cycled into the pedestrian refuge and jumped the red light.
6 – Appearing to be cycling under the influence of alcohol, potential not able to control his vehicle within safe limits.
5 – Filtering through moving traffic, this can easily result in a collision. Filtering should be done with extreme caution.
4 – Cutting in front of another road user, cycling too close to pedestrians and cycling blindly across a road junction.
3 – Cutting the corner too tight and being on the wrong side of the road, can easily result in a collision if it was a larger vehicle.
2 – Pulling too hard on the front brake whilst the rear of the bicycle was unweighted. Resulting in a flip and lots of embarrassment.
1 – Cyclist not cycling within his own and the roads limits, taking the corner way to fast and too tight on a slippery road surface.
Episode 36 looks at ninjas, red light runners, dangerous filtering and a mistake by the producer!
Number 10 – Carrying a passenger on a bicycle can be dangerous depending on where the passenger is and their size. Putting someone one the handle bars reduces visibility and control of the bicycle.
Number 9 – Cycling through a red light and crossing pedestrians is very silly, add filtering into cross moving traffic and you could have a recipe for disaster.
Number 8 – No lighty no likey! A ninja cyclist goes through a red light and takes a left turn just before traffic starts moving across. Has the makings of a nasty crash.
Number 7 – Another ninja cyclist here, cycling without lights during hours of darkness is pretty silly. Taking a right turn without indicating is just adding to the sillyness.
Number 6 – A red light running ninja cyclist nearly gets taken out by a right turning vehicle. luckily he was seen last minute otherwise it could be very different.
Number 5 – The cyclist in front is silly for not indicating or shoulder checking when taking a right turn. I was silly for not covering my brakes and being more prepared for someone making such a manouever.
Number 4 – Salmon cycling is obviously a silly thing to do, especially silly to teach your kids it.
Number 3 – Using the pavement to skip traffic is silly and then re-joining the road back in front of traffic whilst they are making a lane change is just asking for trouble.
Number 2 – Filtering up the left hand side of a large vehicle is pretty silly, doing so up a large moving vehicle is extremely silly, this was made worse by this cyclist not backing out from the side of the bus as it squeezed him.
Number 1 – I didn’t read the situation right and nearly went into the back of a left turning car. Oopps!
This week episode sees clips from the following users.
There has been a large gap between episodes of late, something which I wish to change. I have a large collection of clips which I can use to make the next few episodes.
The clip I refer to about cycling through a red light and getting a ticket can be found here, along with other silly cycling videos.
What do you think good cyclist should become?
Sorry for the delay on this episode, I made the top 10 but didn’t have time to do my voice over, then I was ill and lost my voice.
Enough of that, back onto the explanations and links to other channels. So what did these cyclists do wrong?
10 – Pushes in at a queue, if i hadn’t seen this coming there could have been a collision
9 – Cuts in on another cyclists which can result in a collision and jumps a red light
8 – Jumps a red light with traffic from the other direction right on top of her, causes other road users to brake to avoid a collision
7 – Thinks better off jumping a red light but forgets to change down a gear which results in a wobble as they set off.
6 – Jumps red light with traffic crossing in front of them, cycles slowly around the other traffic in order to find a path to continue their journey.
5 – Cyclists comes around a blind corner at speed on the wrong side of the road. Try to take a new corner easy on the first attempt as you have no idea what is around the corner and the last place you want to be is on the other side of the road.
4 – Cyclist fails to look behind them or indicate before they move out to overtake another cyclist
3 – As above, cyclist joins the road without looking or indicating forcing another cyclist to take action to avoid a collision
2 – Doesn’t see the left indicator of the lorry ahead and nearly goes up the inside
1 – Salmon cyclist, cycling against the flow of traffic, swerves around another cyclist but into the face of oncoming traffic.
Why where these cyclists silly?
10 – Filtering to the front for little gain and staying in a position which means they got a close pass as they set off.
9 – Cycling on the wrong side of the road just before a stop line. Pushing through the stop line before the other road vehicles and out of sight of the vehicle to their right.
8 – Red light jumping at speed and turning across moving traffic, high potential for an accident.
7 – Cyclist not able to stop in time because their brakes aren’t set up properly and they only have one hand on the handlebars making stopping quickly hard due to weight shift.
6 – Cycling the wrong way up a cycling lane and into oncoming traffic as they pass another cyclist.
5 – Pulling out in front of another vehicle and forcing them to brake.
4 – Cycling through a red light and forcing other road users to take avoiding action
3 – Cycling the wrong way into traffic, cycling on the pavement and not looking properly when joining the road again and causing another road user to avoid them.
2 – Cycling up the inside of a left turning lorry just as it is about to set off.
1 – Presuming a vehicle was going to stop when it was meant to and riding without lights.
The next installment of silly cyclists is finally here. Taken longer than I wanted as I upgraded my operating system and it has messed up the codecs etc.. making editing a longer process.
This episodes silly cyclists are silly for the following reasons.
10. Moves across the lane without looking or indicating, potential for a nasty collision if the person behind is not concentrating.
9. The cyclist didn’t stop at a red light and forced other road users to change their path to avoid hitting him.
8. Police officers turning into a side road without looking and into a no entry. Not setting a good example
7. This cyclist has a little wobble, not particularly silly but can be avoided when filtering by going slowly and being ready to put a foot down.
6. Cycles through a red light by weaving in and out of pedestrians and other road users. Speed was excessive and he put other road users at risk.
5. Cyclist cycles through a red light in front of a police officer, they then get pulled over and spoken too!
4. Plenty of cyclists fail to stop at a zebra crossing whilst a pedestrian is attempting to cross.
3. Several cyclists filtering up the inside of a large vehicle which is at the front of the queue. Very risky and a few are caught out.
2. High speed undertake and swerve in front of bus just before a traffic island, very dangerous.
1. Cyclist showing no consideration for cyclists on the shared use area. Dinging their bell repeatedly, going too fast, not giving enough room and skidding to a halt and scaring a small child.
This episode has taken a while to get out and that is due to me breaking my clavicle but finally it is here.
The cyclists in this show are silly for the following reasons.
10. Cycling against the flow of traffic is very dangerous, drivers do not expect you to be cycling in that direction. The potential impact speeds are not good!
9. Cycling on the pavement is against the law, doing so next to a perfectly safe bus lane is silly. Doing so at 20mph is down right stupid!
8. Changing lanes without properly indicating and forcing other road users to brake heavily is silly. Cycling down the wrong side of the road is also silly, it is unexpected and very dangerous.
7. Stopping on the left of a left turning vehicle is very silly and dangerous. There is the potential for death. What you should do is stop either behind or in front of the vehicle.
6. Giving people a lift on a bicycle is common, you should legally only do so if the bicycle has been adapted properly to do so. But it is safe to do so if the passenger sits on a rack. How ever sitting on the handle bars in such a fashion is very dangerous and could lead to a bad accident. Riding in the door zone is also very dangerous, lots of cyclists have died from doors being opened in their paths.
5. Cycling on the pavements is against the law. The best way to approach this situation is slowly and try to make eye contact with the driver, note how the traffic is blocking them and if say move from the gap. Do not mount the pavement and then dismount the pavement without properly checking. You should check behind you before you make any sort of lane change or road position change.
4. This cyclist filters through a gap that is very tight, there is no way he can tell when the bus will start moving, the light is green and it could move at any point. I also thought that him dinging his bell repeatedly at pedestrians is not the best idea, take action to avoid them rather than presuming they will move out of your way.
3. Stopping next to turning vehicles is very dangerous. See number 7 for what you should do. Having a moment where you can’t clip in can happen to anyone. I think it is worth thinking about when you position your self in traffic. This cyclist is lucky that this driver was aware of them, otherwise they would be on the ground.
2. Silly Cyclist see, silly cyclist do. Both of these cyclists appear to mount of pavement at a drop in the curb which is the end of a shared use path. The first cyclist manages to get back on the road safely but the act is still silly. The second cyclist mounts the pavement and is close to hitting a pedestrian and then rejoins the road without looking, but by this time the car is just about to turn. Luckily the car see’s her in time and stops but this out come could have been a lot worse and the only person to get hurt will be her!
1. Cycling on the pavement in the UK is against the law, I’m not sure if it is in the country this was filmed but putting that aside, it is silly to cycle in this fashion around pedestrians. Take into account that this pedestrian is holding a small child and this cyclist is traveling too fast and with limited control of the bicycle, the potential for a collision is too high for comfort and the outcome is not worth thinking about.
The door zone is a real killer for cyclists but is one which is often overlooked and many cyclists are unaware of the dangers.
A door opening in your path can cause you many issues, all of them can lead to death.
- The door opening and you going straight into it, that is quite painful and you could easily hit your head on the door frame or glass.
- The door opens and you cycle into the edge of it, the edge of a door is very sharp and will cause a lot of damage.
- The door opens and the edge of the door hits your handle bars and throws you into the road, a following vehicle may not be able to stop and runs into you
- The door opens and you swerve around it but into the path of a passing vehicle.
You may think that you will be able to stop in time or that you can see into vehicles but that isn’t always the case, a car door can open right in front of you and you have no time to react, a small child may swing open a rear door and you may not be able to see them. The dangers are very real and each scenario above has taken the life of a cyclist.
The way to avoid getting hurt from an opening door is to stay clear of the area that a door opens, it can be a large space and in narrow streets it may actually mean riding on the other side of the road. Note that it may be advisable to cycle in the door zone for short periods of time to let impatient motorists past.