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Examples of poor driving you have witnessed!

Discussion in 'Stafford Chat' started by MarkyD, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. Withnail

    Withnail Well-Known Forumite

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    Outside Scaffoldshire Place - available right now - let's make them legal asap.

    Current legislation is such that e-scooters cannot be used on roads or pathways - they can actually only be legally used on private land with the land owners permission.

    This is quite obviously ridiculous and hire schemes like this are being rolled out - exempt from the above conditions - to gauge how they can be accommodated in the commuting landscape. Equally obviously this is going to lead to the Watch Out!! (bit surprised there wasn't a third ! there) brigade, but we need this, and we need to just take a f**king chill pill and let these vehicles on the pavement.

    Yes, there will always be dicks, and there will be some of them on e-scooters, but let's not just cave in over sporadic dickishness. This could be a really attractive way out.

    We need to get people out of cars, and buses too, given the situation that we're not likely to get out of anytime soon - at least until they are no longer the exhaust pipes of doom, and the petri dishes of disaster - the e-scooter is part of the way forward.

    Please don't be dicks about it - yes they weren't something you saw in the 70's, but that's not ipso facto a bad thing.
     
  2. Raven

    Raven Active Member

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    As sure as night follows day & accidents to those walking will of course happen.
    IMO cyclists & pedestrians do not mix well (like to tow path past Asda) as you often cannot hear them coming, and they simply ignore the cyclists dismount signs (bye & large)
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    Likewise pedestrians seem to love walking on the cycle paths and don't move when they see you, why cycle at all if you have to stop constantly? Cyclists should be in their own lanes, too many idiot drivers to use roads everywhere and I don't think they should be on footpaths.
     
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    I thought they were now legal but only if part of a rental scheme?
     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Some wheels are just pure anarchists. :heyhey:
     
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    In the 6 weeks since getting a new bike and cycling more I've never had an occasion to need to stop. In fact the only occasion remotely close to that was on Sunday on the Isabel Trail with the daughter where the pedestrians kept to the left so we came through on the right but some knob on a mountain bike didn't slow down and seemed to want to play "chicken" with us....
     
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    My brother catches the train into Birmingham for work. He drives to the station (not because it is particularly far, he is just lazy) So an electric scooter would be ideal
     
  9. proactive

    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    I totally agree, let's make them legal though I fail to see why you can rent one but can't buy one to ride legally.

    However, just like bikes, they have no business being in the town centre which is pedestrianised zone.
     
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    Indeed, there was a sign outside a nest of e-scooters today, stating they should only be used where you can legally ride a bicycle. Which isn't on the pavement. So I guess if you see anyone riding one in the town centre, they could be classed as a poor driver, for breaking the law. As a result, I'm not sure how popular this scheme will be for any old Tom, Dick and Harry on the streets. Certainly, it would make sense to legalize these electric vehicles in public places. It can only be a matter of time?
     
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    Yesterday ...Old couple in a car approaching the crossing on the Queens retail park slowed right up and stopped at the crossing . As they had stopped completely I stepped onto the crossing , only for them to start off again as though I wasn't there! :roll:
     
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    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    Never, ever trust cars at crossings.
     
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    I don't , especially the pelican crossings by the old LLoyds Bank on Lichfield Rd/Riverway junction . By the time the cars have stopped coming through on red turning right from town direction towards the Hough retail park, the other lights have turned to green.
    (Infact I tend to try not to press the button on crossings, it's safer to wait for a gap in the traffic and run across as well as keep the traffic flowing when I can)

    As also a car driver myself, I'm also wary of people darting across that crossing at the Queens retail park from behind the wall by 'New Look'. Since the play park has been built I've seen quite a few kids (and cyclists ) darting across without looking , without much warning to motorists when approaching from that direction.
     
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