You’re not held up by people cycling – you’re held up by other people driving (and yourself)


A great piece on why cyclists aren’t your problem!

As Easy As Riding A Bike

Imagine a street that carries 14,000 cyclists a day, on the street itself. That equates to around 1,500 people cycling along the street per hour, or 25 every minute.

Imagine driving down that street. Surely a nightmare for any self-respecting driver who wants to make progress. A miserable experience. You’d never be able to overtake, what with all the cyclists trundling in front of you, often two or three abreast, taking up the whole road.

Well… no. Actually overtaking in a car on this street is pretty easy.

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Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 20.10.46… It’s even easy to overtake with people cycling two abreast, in both directions.Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 20.10.17Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 20.10.58Even a very wide three abreast doesn’t present a significant problem.

Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 20.10.04This doesn’t compute, surely!

How on earth can it be easy to overtake when there are so many bloody cyclists in the middle of the road?

The answer is quite simple – the reason drivers can overtake easily…

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2 thoughts on “You’re not held up by people cycling – you’re held up by other people driving (and yourself)

  1. Well said! I live in Cambridge where cyclists probably do outnumber motorists, but we have problems of our own – cyclists are mostlyteenagers and early twenty-something’s that care little for traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, or pavement users. Denmark and the Netherlands are the models to follow…

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    • I hate to admit it, but I do think there needs to be some kind of regulation. Let’s face it, there are stupid people on the road all the time, but the stupid ones on bikes are much more likely to die than the stupid ones surrounded by a ton of metal!

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