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'Lycra-clad lunatics are being a menace' - says Marina resident

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 22, 2014

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MARINA resident Sally-Anne Jones has joined the chorus of disapproval against nuisance cyclists on pavements.

The Swansea receptionist wants them outlawed after one hit her dog and she had a near miss.

"I have been trying to get the police to stop the cyclists using the foot paths around the Marina Basin, but Lycra-clad lunatics are still being a menace," she said. "They fly around here despite the no-cycling signs."

She spoke out after Mike Cherry, manager of charity Bikeability Wales, called for cyclists who used pavements instead of roads to have safety training. Miss Jones, of Paxton Drive, said she had had enough of the rogue cyclists.

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"I have been badgering the police at Pact meetings since 2005/06 to stop them," she said. "There should be no cycling along Victoria Quayside. It is a pavement.

"I had a near miss recently. I was outside a cafe there looking at the menu and just stepped back. This bike just missed me and the cyclist said I should look where I am going. I tried to say he should not have been cycling there in the first place.

"My Tibetan terrier was hit on the paw by a bike. Apart from the cycle path from Mannheim Quay, over the swing bridge and onto Trawler Road, the whole marina basin is a pavement for pedestrians."

Bikeability Wales is holding children's cycling training courses at Dunvant Rugby Club next Wednesday and Thursday.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  May 25 2014, 3:01PM

    Actually most cyclists are not safer than drivers, it is well established that cyclists flout the rules of the road such as actively ignoring red lights at those junctions you say cars are careless around.

  • charioteer17  |  May 25 2014, 12:07AM

    Yoin_mcloin Interesting view you have. You have bought a bike to commute so therefore you can use it illegally because you don't want to walk. A sad indication on the view of quite a few cyclists that get the good ones a bad name. I hope you don't own a car. One way streets..no problem..you are only going one way. Pedestrian areas..they take time to go around..go through them..zebra crossings...only for pedestrians not me ...get out of my way.

  • nsmithson2010  |  May 24 2014, 12:32AM

    So philosoraptor you basucally dont want cyclists anywhere, on roads a mennace and on pavements. So smart ass where are they supposed to ride. Oh and dont generalise not all cyclists are dangerous. 90% are safer than most drivers on the road. There are idiot cyclists but not most if us. Try being run over by a car that didnt look coming out of a T junction and the driver flees... ye idiot cyclist clearly... how about nearly ploughing into someone who steps in front of you on a dedicated cycle lane when you are clearky visible... ye clearly at fault again... so tell us o great one whats the magic solution?

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  • yoin_mcloin  |  May 23 2014, 11:37PM

    Yea, good one Philosoraptor, its natural selection when a careless driver doesn't bother to double check when exiting a junction and a cyclist pays the price by being knocked off and injured. Let me assure you from my own personal experience, once this has happened to you, you don't really feel like using the roads any more, now that to me sounds like a more INTELLIGENT decision and natural selection didn't anticipate idiots being given these large metal vehicles that they don't know how to properly operate. FYI i wasn't blaming the woman for being on the pavement, i was blaming her for not controlling her pet, you would feel the same if you walked past and the little 'terrier' went for you. Saying that cyclist have to use the dedicated cycle lanes would mean that i could get to mumbles and back, great! oh and if you have ever tried this on a busy Saturday afternoon you would realise that pedestrians couldn't care less if they're strolling in a cycle lane. One rule for one, another for the other. Thanks but no thanks, i'm going to steer clear of the death trap roads. Charioteer17, if i had to get off and walk everytime i came to one of these areas, i may as well walk to work and, i didn't buy a bike, so i could walk to work. While we're here maybe we should stop kids on scooters, man they go really fast sometimes, oh and people running, they also go fast, why not them mobility scooters also, they could just plain run you down!!!!

  • Philosoraptor  |  May 23 2014, 10:27PM

    And as for you mcloin blaming a pedestrian for being on the pavement, absolutely laughable. You knew you shouldn't have riding there as it is against the law so it was YOUR fault. And if you say it would add time to your commute then that is your problem, and the only legal solution if you choose to continue with the bike is to leave your house earlier!

  • Philosoraptor  |  May 23 2014, 10:23PM

    nsmithson2010, cyclists cause their own issues on roads. They are a real menace to both pedestrians and drivers, don't blame us for your failings. If a cyclist gets in the way of the car then that it just Natural Selection at work, intelligent beings are survivors and survivors don't play chicken with a fast moving tonne of metal.

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  • nsmithson2010  |  May 23 2014, 6:16PM

    So what about people who clearly walk down dedicated cycle lanes??? Plenty of them about along the swansea to mumbles ride. Like people say some cyclist are stupid but there are just as many pedestrians who are idiots. There is no real difference both parties are vulnarable and should stick to there dedicated lanes. Then we only have the idiots on the roads to deal with... unfortunately its these people that are the cause of pavement cyclists.

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  • charioteer17  |  May 23 2014, 5:46PM

    yoin_mcloin If you are using pavements and paths that haven't been designated cycle paths you are doing so illegally. Instead of riding your bike at a slow pace in such areas have you ever thought of getting off your bike and pushing it in these areas? I think it would be much easier than riding at a walking speed and also negate you having to stop for pedestrians and dog walkers. Take a little extra time on your commute, be legal and safe.

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  • yoin_mcloin  |  May 23 2014, 5:11PM

    I use the pathways on the marina to get to work, as i work on the marina, if i didnt it would add a considerable amount of time to my commute, I dont race down the paths i go at a very steady rate being extra cautious of anybody else on the path. If i saw a person walking in front of me i would slow down even more so that i was going walking pace and slowly go past, I know from personally experience with the woman in this article that she is just as bad as the high speed lycra cyclists. I once slowly rode my bike past her, i even made the distance between us about 10ft as i saw she had two dogs, that did stop one of them darting crazed across the path straight towards me trying to bite my ankles, so im not shocked to hear one of them has been hit by a cyclist, it should be taught how to behave around other people and other dogs, i would hate to think if the dog behaved like that around children who are often on the marina. If a cyclist is darting down a pavement at high speed then yes i believe they should be fined, but if like me they aren't going much faster than walking pace and slow and often stop for pedestrians and dog walkers then this should be allowed.

  • yoin_mcloin  |  May 23 2014, 5:02PM