To Pedestrians & Cyclists

To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby GordonH » Nov 26th, 2016, 8:45 pm

Usually couple times a year I post about this, it's usually in traffic section this time I'm posting here.
I know not everyone in central Okanagan reads this forum.

So pedestrians & cyclists I ask would you please wear something reflective. To friends or relatives of pedestrians & cyclists maybe buy an early stocking stuffer, for those in your family or circle of friends.
Reason is I still come across a number of both (pedestrians & cyclists) wearing dark clothing & nothing reflective them, or on their bikes (not all cyclists, many do have reflectors or lights).

it's good to be seen in the darkness, streetlights are sometimes not enough.
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby Queen K » Nov 26th, 2016, 8:53 pm

Here, here!

Yes, I see so many out there at dusk and at night with no helmuts, completely encased in black clothing and no running lights on the bikes etc.

Good thread topic, maybe it should be like the "Yer an idiot" one where we say where the cyclist was and at what time.

I've got too many to list.
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby pentona » Nov 26th, 2016, 8:54 pm

GordonH wrote:Usually couple times a year I post about this, it's usually in traffic section this time I'm posting here.
I know not everyone in central Okanagan reads this forum.

So pedestrians & cyclists I ask would you please wear something reflective. To friends or relatives of pedestrians & cyclists maybe buy an early stocking stuffer, for those in your family or circle of friends.
Reason is I still come across a number of both (pedestrians & cyclists) wearing dark clothing & nothing reflective them, or on their bikes (not all cyclists, many do have reflectors or lights).

it's good to be seen in the darkness, streetlights are sometimes not enough.


Good advice but some of those folks (mainly riding BMX bikes and wearing dark hoodies) don't WANT to be seen. You know why.

It would sure be nice, however to see the helmet law enforced, riding on sidewalks, no lights at night, riding against the traffic, etc. Makes one wonder why bother making laws that the cops turn a blind eye to. Then strike them off the books if they won't enforce them. The riding at night without a light is a no-brainer. I guess thats why they do it - no brains.
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby GordonH » Nov 26th, 2016, 9:29 pm

pentona wrote:Good advice but some of those folks (mainly riding BMX bikes and wearing dark hoodies) don't WANT to be seen. You know why.

It would sure be nice, however to see the helmet law enforced, riding on sidewalks, no lights at night, riding against the traffic, etc. Makes one wonder why bother making laws that the cops turn a blind eye to. Then strike them off the books if they won't enforce them. The riding at night without a light is a no-brainer. I guess thats why they do it - no brains.


I have not come across those on bmx bikes, the ones I have seen have been mountain bikes & 10 speeds.
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby Even Steven » Nov 26th, 2016, 9:39 pm

You'd be surprised how many motorists don't see cyclists who are wearing yellow reflective jackets and have blinking lights all around. People with none of those don't stand a chance lol.

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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby Bsuds » Nov 26th, 2016, 9:53 pm

I like the reflective clothing...gives me sumpthin to aim at.

I hate to miss anyone. :D
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby pbear » Nov 27th, 2016, 8:23 am

Yesterday around 5 pm, a man riding his bike down Benvoulin past KLO heading to town, no reflectors, dark clothing, ONE tiny reflective strip on his backpack. Most traffic is doing upwards of 70K past him.
Hey buddy, YOU'RE INVISIBLE!
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby lightspeed » Nov 27th, 2016, 11:28 am

Wrong way.
No lights.
No reflectors.
Hoodie up.
Headphones on.
Texting with no hands on the bars.
Dark ninja-like clothing.
Running red lights and stop signs.
Crossing on a red.
Crossing the road at various random points (jayriding).
And much more.

Idiocy. You are very vulnerable. Please stop your 2-wheeled/biped stupidity.
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby Zoso » Nov 27th, 2016, 11:40 am

The drug dealer cyclists are not going to add color to he noticed .
Yesterday there was an old fart ran across the road on gordon right by [email protected] . First thing i thought was no wonder you hear about pedestrians getting smeared out . Then drivers have to live with it forever . Goes both ways when twit drivers run over people following the rules .
I still drive my kids everywhere . I dont want them getting killed by texters .
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby Queen K » Nov 27th, 2016, 5:38 pm

What about women pushing strollers?

Seriously, I've counted several over the Summer and one right out on my street, all of whom have adorable children in the baby buggy and what is mom doing? Watching her cell phone. Yup. So the child is not that interesting right? So okay, what about the situation you're in?

Driveways?
Texters driving?
Crossing ally ways?
Being on corners?

Mom, are you aware of every angle and where the stroller is pointed?

Sorry, but not if you're attached to the iphone.
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby spooker » Nov 28th, 2016, 2:44 pm

Covered here recently:
http://www.castanet.net/news/Grind-My-G ... -the-light

Berated a cyclist early this morning (~6:50am) who I just barely saw at Ethel & Springfield riding in dark clothing with no lights ... and then turned around and said thanks to another cyclist who had lights and a bright safety jacket on ... and while I was out on my run I had a blinking light attached to my hat and an ankle reflector ...

And here's a good video from the Surrey RCMP that catches the attention:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUs5ugHHXv4
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby Otter » Nov 28th, 2016, 4:53 pm

It's not only the cyclists with no lights, etc, that cause accidents it's also the ones who ride their bikes on the sidewalk and race up behind pedestrians and either scare the you-know-what out of them or get abusive because you are in THEIR way!

Bikes are not pedestrians nor are they supposed to be on the sidewalk. A great many of the roads are marked with lines showing where the BIKE LANES ARE. And that's not down the middle of a sidewalk.

Cyclists are just like car drivers in that they can seriously injure or even kill someone by running into them on the road or sidewalk.

You were given a brain, one hopes. that you can use to make decisions that can protect not only the other people using the roads and sidewalks but yourself as well. Just because you have two wheels between your legs doesn't make you invincible.

Think about it. How would you feel if you ran into someone with your bike, knocked them to the pavement or in front of an on-coming car and they were killed?
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby spooker » Nov 28th, 2016, 11:35 pm

Otter wrote:Cyclists are just like car drivers in that they can seriously injure or even kill someone by running into them on the road or sidewalk.


And yet for all the times that I see people complaining about cyclists on the sidewalk I have yet to see the numbers of accidents that seem to be foretold by this ... and the majority of the time a cyclist who is on the sidewalk is not able to go at a speed that would cause the same amount of damage as someone behind the wheel of a car ...

Otter wrote:You were given a brain, one hopes. that you can use to make decisions that can protect not only the other people using the roads and sidewalks but yourself as well. Just because you have two wheels between your legs doesn't make you invincible.


And remind the drivers out there texting on their phones the same thing ... but in their case they are encased in a metal cocoon prepared to keep them safe even if they drive into a brick wall

Otter wrote:Think about it. How would you feel if you ran into someone with your bike, knocked them to the pavement or in front of an on-coming car and they were killed?


I would be heartbroken ... but that's not why I don't ride on the sidewalk ... I ride where drivers can see me ... being visible is what will keep a cyclist safe, same as for a pedestrian ... sorry to get back on topic ;)
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby LTD » Nov 29th, 2016, 12:01 am

lightspeed wrote:Wrong way.
No lights.
No reflectors.
Hoodie up.
Headphones on.
Texting with no hands on the bars.
Dark ninja-like clothing.
Running red lights and stop signs.
Crossing on a red.
Crossing the road at various random points (jayriding).
And much more.

Idiocy. You are very vulnerable. Please stop your 2-wheeled/biped stupidity.

and that's just the ones on motor cycles . crazy
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Re: To Pedestrians & Cyclists

Postby lesliepaul » Nov 29th, 2016, 1:37 am

Queen K wrote:What about women pushing strollers?

Seriously, I've counted several over the Summer and one right out on my street, all of whom have adorable children in the baby buggy and what is mom doing? Watching her cell phone. Yup. So the child is not that interesting right? So okay, what about the situation you're in?

Driveways?
Texters driving?
Crossing ally ways?
Being on corners?

Mom, are you aware of every angle and where the stroller is pointed?

Sorry, but not if you're attached to the iphone.





This is a good one.........now that you have mentioned it. Where I live........the land of stay at home, bored out of their
:cuss: minds mom's. You are absolutely right........cell phone is glued to their face. I wouldn't doubt if some left the house with a stroller and forgot the baby. Add to that the "fitness nut job, do not want to work house wives"........$300.00 of Lululemon spandex, $200.00 runners and they WALK around the development glued to their phones and ear buds........oblivious to the surroundings..........but they are getting in shape!
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