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I Hate Sports Cyclists!

07 Nov

I hate sports cyclists–some of them at least.

Scene: This morning on the Parks Connector along West Coast Highway around 7.30 am.

Though it’s a highway there are designated crossings to the factories and offices on the other side. The pedestrians had right of way, all the cars and trucks had stopped when this bunch of cyclists came between them and bashed into the people walking across.

Oh yes, forgot the Cast:

One worker (work clothes, barang-barang in basket on bike, slippers, old bike)

One recreational cyclist (flashy helmet, flashy outfit, flashy bike)

There was a loud crash and they ended up on the road.

The rest of the sports cyclists (identical flashy outfits, flashy helmets, flashy bikes, identical flouting of traffic laws) rode through the red light and picked up their buddy, set up his bike–yes it worked–and rode off, cheering each other on.

A motorcyclist and I helped the foreign worker try to stand. He had a bloody scrape on his leg, a twisted ankle he could not put weight on and the spokes of his front wheel were banged out of alignment so the wheel could no longer turn. To move the bicycle at all he had to lift it and push it along on it’s back wheel, along with all his things and his hurt ankle.

He did not want to miss work he said. He would lose his job. He did not want to leave the bicycle there because he needed it to get to work. Maybe he could get the wheel fixed. He had a mobile phone and would call a friend to come and help. I got him to give me his phone number because I had to go.

(note: there are times when having small dogs is a liability–)

What makes me really mad is how those sports cyclists:

1. Ignored the red light crossing. They were using the highway as vehicles, shouldn’t they watch out for pedestrian crossings?

2. Ignored the injured man and his damaged bike and rode on without bothering to see if he could stand/walk.

They were out having fun with their buddies on their expensive bikes and will probably be laughing about this incident not caring that they’ve damaged someone’s only means of transport to work.

If anyone knows who they are please let them know. If they would like to compensate the poor worker with a new bicycle wheel it would be as good for their souls as for his livelihood.

 

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7 Comments

Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Life Happens

 

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7 responses to “I Hate Sports Cyclists!

  1. YL

    November 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    What flashy colors are those sports cyclists wearing?

     
  2. Belinda

    November 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I’m a cyclist and I want to apologize for the reprehensible behavior of the cyclists mentioned above. Running a red is inexcusable and not stopping to check on the injured is deplorable.
    Might I share this on my wall and remind cyclists not to flout traffic rules and to exercise basic,common decency?

    BF

     
  3. ed

    November 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    What a sad story . AS a cyclist myself it makes me fume that people like that ruin the general perceptions of sports cyclists. I wear sports jerseys and have a nice bike. THat doesnt mean I would act like the obnoxious cyclists you described.

    SGTriGuy

     
  4. Paul Barter

    November 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    The rider who hit the guy who was injured was not just irresponsible and reckless. He may also have committed a criminal offense by fleeing the scene after injuring someone in a road crash.

    The incident deserves a police report.

     
  5. PY

    November 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Do not stereo type, there will be good riders and there will be poor ones. In this case, the riders involved should have done better. Wearing helmet, proper outfit and a good bike should not be single out as negative.

     
  6. Ovidia

    November 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Hi and thanks for commenting–I appreciate not all cyclists would act that way.

    Yes Belinda, please do share… hope this is a step towards preventing a more serious accident! And thanks to you & Ed for reminding me not all cyclists are jerks–I do know that. In fact I ride too but (irrationally I know) feel now if I go out it should be sans helmet & gloves so I don’t look like one of ‘THEM’!

    YL, the only colour that struck me was yellow. But they weren’t uniformly outfitted–don’t think it was a training team. But I did hear one guy joke about power intervals so maybe they were.

    Paul, I agree. But had no way to ID them or bikes. If thought of it would have taken pics but right then it was more important to get the worker safely off the road.

     
  7. Ovidia

    November 8, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Oh and PY I did not single out their expensive outfits and expensive bikes as negative. That was a description of what they looked like.

    What I found disgusting was how they treated another rider–the worker in his work clothes on his cheap bike.

     

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