17 December 2008

It's Xmas....

When it comes to danger to cyclists, there is motorists, daft motorists and pedestrians. It is the latter group I fear the most, to be honest. And Xmas time sends pedestrians into overdrive, and makes getting out of town at night a bit of a nightmare. They become more careless, less considerate, more prone to stepping on to the road 'by ear', without looking.

All my possible exits from town are shopping areas (Deansgate, Shudehill, King St / Corporation St). People come out of shops laden with bags and boxes, and they just go for it. I have to be constantly on my toes - it all slows me down.

Reaching Great Ducie St is such a relief - at least then all I have to contend with is motorists.

3 comments:

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workbike said...

Î know the feeling. It's especially bad where bikes can go both ways on a one way street: Pedestrians assume if cars can only go one way, they only need to look in one direction, and wander off into the road.

coco said...

One way streets are in a category of their own when it comes to cycling issues. Many advocate universal two-way rights for cycles on one-way streets, and perhaps if it becomes widespread it will be better, but here there are only a few streets like that - with clearly marked 'other way' cycle paths and yes, pedestrians are not looking.