Neon Bike Ride lights up Bridgwater

The cyclists ready for the Neon Bike Ride in Bridgwater

The cyclists ready for the Neon Bike Ride in Bridgwater

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THE brightest lights on wheels lit up the streets of Bridgwater last Friday evening as the Neon Bike Ride took to the streets.

Starting and finishing from the famous Blake statue in the centre of the town, the group of almost 50 intrepid cyclists travelled from one end of Bridgwater to the other in their brightly lit attire.

The five-mile ride was organised by the Bridgwater Way, a project which was set up to promote cycling and walking in and around the Bridgwater area.

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3:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

grisleyreg says...

Did they ride through red lights, wave fists and shout abuse at drivers as a good majority of Lycra clad riders appear to do.
Did they ride through red lights, wave fists and shout abuse at drivers as a good majority of Lycra clad riders appear to do. grisleyreg
  • Score: -2

5:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

twinkles says...

grisleyreg wrote:
Did they ride through red lights, wave fists and shout abuse at drivers as a good majority of Lycra clad riders appear to do.
An excellent perspective, thanks for that. 'A good majority' of pie-(over)eating drivers swerve without warning, don't indicate and pass cyclists at extremely close quarters too, but that's not anything to do with the article is it?

(rolls eyes...)
[quote][p][bold]grisleyreg[/bold] wrote: Did they ride through red lights, wave fists and shout abuse at drivers as a good majority of Lycra clad riders appear to do.[/p][/quote]An excellent perspective, thanks for that. 'A good majority' of pie-(over)eating drivers swerve without warning, don't indicate and pass cyclists at extremely close quarters too, but that's not anything to do with the article is it? (rolls eyes...) twinkles
  • Score: 2

6:39pm Mon 31 Mar 14

MBR Extreme says...

Well done to everyone involved , twinkles I totally agree with your comments. And Grisleyreg what a stupid thing to say.
Well done to everyone involved , twinkles I totally agree with your comments. And Grisleyreg what a stupid thing to say. MBR Extreme
  • Score: 0

9:29am Tue 1 Apr 14

Anonymous Me says...

I have been driving for 25+ years, and have never had a cyclist shout or gesticulate to me, but that's because I treat them with the respect and courtesy they deserve!
I do not overtake them while approaching queuing traffic (and so swerve in and cut them off forcing them to make an emergency stop) and I gauge their speed and giveway properly at junctions.
Never seen a 'lycra clad' rider jump a red light, only the bike abusers in hoodies and the other chavs on mountain bikes with the seat about two feet too low so that their knees clip their ears when pedalling seated!
I have been driving for 25+ years, and have never had a cyclist shout or gesticulate to me, but that's because I treat them with the respect and courtesy they deserve! I do not overtake them while approaching queuing traffic (and so swerve in and cut them off forcing them to make an emergency stop) and I gauge their speed and giveway properly at junctions. Never seen a 'lycra clad' rider jump a red light, only the bike abusers in hoodies and the other chavs on mountain bikes with the seat about two feet too low so that their knees clip their ears when pedalling seated! Anonymous Me
  • Score: 2

9:40am Tue 1 Apr 14

grisleyreg says...

I speak as a pedestrian and an observer not as a driver, incidental probably more cyclists on the pavements than on the road, (thought that was against the law ).
I speak as a pedestrian and an observer not as a driver, incidental probably more cyclists on the pavements than on the road, (thought that was against the law ). grisleyreg
  • Score: 0

10:16am Tue 1 Apr 14

grisleyreg says...

As one of my neighbours has pointed out spend a few minutes waiting to cross at the Broadway/ West street junction at evening rush hour and the abuse and red light jumping by cyclists can be clearly seen by all.
As one of my neighbours has pointed out spend a few minutes waiting to cross at the Broadway/ West street junction at evening rush hour and the abuse and red light jumping by cyclists can be clearly seen by all. grisleyreg
  • Score: -1

11:36am Tue 1 Apr 14

RustyKnight says...

The only time I gesticulate at cars is when I get one like the one Sunday night who has a passenger screaming abuse at me out the window as he drives by.

I was in Quantock Road, just out side the streetlights riding normally with good lights, there was no reason for the abuse I received.

Worse still when you get a sudden unexpected idiot yelling at you you tend to wobble, if a truck had been following that idiot I might not be here now.

One point about the cyclists in this video that needs to be addressed is thost flashing lights which are illegal!
The only time I gesticulate at cars is when I get one like the one Sunday night who has a passenger screaming abuse at me out the window as he drives by. I was in Quantock Road, just out side the streetlights riding normally with good lights, there was no reason for the abuse I received. Worse still when you get a sudden unexpected idiot yelling at you you tend to wobble, if a truck had been following that idiot I might not be here now. One point about the cyclists in this video that needs to be addressed is thost flashing lights which are illegal! RustyKnight
  • Score: 0

12:02pm Tue 1 Apr 14

twinkles says...

grisleyreg wrote:
As one of my neighbours has pointed out spend a few minutes waiting to cross at the Broadway/ West street junction at evening rush hour and the abuse and red light jumping by cyclists can be clearly seen by all.
Well the brief is fulfilled entirely if the last seven words of your ramblings are true.

The individuals you're describing can't be singled out as being 'cyclists', the point I'm making is that there are idiots and fools all over this planet. Some use bikes, some cars, some just bash away at keyboards. Tarring everyone of a particular group will get you nowhere in life.
[quote][p][bold]grisleyreg[/bold] wrote: As one of my neighbours has pointed out spend a few minutes waiting to cross at the Broadway/ West street junction at evening rush hour and the abuse and red light jumping by cyclists can be clearly seen by all.[/p][/quote]Well the brief is fulfilled entirely if the last seven words of your ramblings are true. The individuals you're describing can't be singled out as being 'cyclists', the point I'm making is that there are idiots and fools all over this planet. Some use bikes, some cars, some just bash away at keyboards. Tarring everyone of a particular group will get you nowhere in life. twinkles
  • Score: 2

12:45pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Anonymous Me says...

RustyKnight wrote:
The only time I gesticulate at cars is when I get one like the one Sunday night who has a passenger screaming abuse at me out the window as he drives by.

I was in Quantock Road, just out side the streetlights riding normally with good lights, there was no reason for the abuse I received.

Worse still when you get a sudden unexpected idiot yelling at you you tend to wobble, if a truck had been following that idiot I might not be here now.

One point about the cyclists in this video that needs to be addressed is thost flashing lights which are illegal!
Where are you getting your info about flashing lights being illegal?

see: https://www.gov.uk/r
ules-for-cyclists-59
-to-82/overview-59-t
o-71
It states:
60
At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. FLASHING LIGHTS ARE PERMITTED but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp.
Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24
[quote][p][bold]RustyKnight[/bold] wrote: The only time I gesticulate at cars is when I get one like the one Sunday night who has a passenger screaming abuse at me out the window as he drives by. I was in Quantock Road, just out side the streetlights riding normally with good lights, there was no reason for the abuse I received. Worse still when you get a sudden unexpected idiot yelling at you you tend to wobble, if a truck had been following that idiot I might not be here now. One point about the cyclists in this video that needs to be addressed is thost flashing lights which are illegal![/p][/quote]Where are you getting your info about flashing lights being illegal? see: https://www.gov.uk/r ules-for-cyclists-59 -to-82/overview-59-t o-71 It states: 60 At night your cycle MUST have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen. FLASHING LIGHTS ARE PERMITTED but it is recommended that cyclists who are riding in areas without street lighting use a steady front lamp. Law RVLR regs 13, 18 & 24 Anonymous Me
  • Score: 2

7:37pm Tue 1 Apr 14

RustyKnight says...

Well they've obviously changed the laws recently then, because the last time I bought a set of LED lights the instructions said flashing mode was illegal on roads in the UK.
Well they've obviously changed the laws recently then, because the last time I bought a set of LED lights the instructions said flashing mode was illegal on roads in the UK. RustyKnight
  • Score: -1

7:06am Thu 3 Apr 14

Samej1 says...

RustyKnight wrote:
Well they've obviously changed the laws recently then, because the last time I bought a set of LED lights the instructions said flashing mode was illegal on roads in the UK.
Was a couple of years back IIIRC
[quote][p][bold]RustyKnight[/bold] wrote: Well they've obviously changed the laws recently then, because the last time I bought a set of LED lights the instructions said flashing mode was illegal on roads in the UK.[/p][/quote]Was a couple of years back IIIRC Samej1
  • Score: 1

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