Worcester roadworks gridlock - despite heavy fines rat-run drivers STILL use illegal shortcut

Mark Broughton enforcing the no entry signs in Britannia Square last week

Mark Broughton enforcing the no entry signs in Britannia Square last week

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RAT-RUN drivers continue to ignore no entry signs to dodge jams and jump queues despite fines as more roadworks cause gridlock misery in Worcester.

Work at the A38 Upper Tything from the junction of Britannia Road to the junction with Back Walk began on Monday which police believe has tempted some drivers to risk an illegal shortcut.

The work, by Severn Trent Water, is scheduled to end on April 28 and according to the Worcestershire County Council website is 'high impact' with 'delays likely' as workmen repair a collapsed sewer in Upper Tything Road. Traffic will be controlled using temporary traffic lights.

But a police officer today warned drivers not to use a 'dangerous' and illegal shortcut along Britannia Square and through Hebb Street onto the A38 as penalties for going through the no entry signs were being rigorously enforced.

PC Alex Denny said motorists continue to flout the rules despite 100 tickets being handed out in a fortnight in Worcester (up until April 1) at the junction of Britannia Square and Hebb Street, Worcester.

As previously reported in your Worcester News drivers who are caught will get a £90 fine and three penalty points. If a driver already has nine points on his or her licence at the time of this infringement they risk becoming a 'totter' (12 points or more) which could make them subject to a driving ban.

PC Denny said: "Already we are experiencing increased traffic violations. People are still taking no notice of the signs. Within 15 minutes we caught six people yesterday going through those no entry signs. The message is 'don't do it or you're going to get caught'. It is really not worth the risk for the sake of an extra five minutes." Officers are now talking to the county council highways to apply for signage to warn drivers of the penalties. In particular officers are concerned about the risk of a head-on collision between drivers travelling legitimately from Hebb Street into Britannia Square with drivers cutting through illegally in the opposite direction. Britannia Square also has a designated cycle lane which is of particular concern as the corner is blind, even for drivers and cyclists going the correct way.

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8:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Small Town says...

Ha ha ha! Love this, great work from the dibbles - these drivers are the kind who would drink drive or do 60 in a 30 zone on a Saturday night.

Book 'um Doyle!!
Ha ha ha! Love this, great work from the dibbles - these drivers are the kind who would drink drive or do 60 in a 30 zone on a Saturday night. Book 'um Doyle!! Small Town
  • Score: 5

11:11pm Tue 8 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

Small Town wrote:
Ha ha ha! Love this, great work from the dibbles - these drivers are the kind who would drink drive or do 60 in a 30 zone on a Saturday night.

Book 'um Doyle!!
Not so funny if the law breakers create a serious accident.
[quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: Ha ha ha! Love this, great work from the dibbles - these drivers are the kind who would drink drive or do 60 in a 30 zone on a Saturday night. Book 'um Doyle!![/p][/quote]Not so funny if the law breakers create a serious accident. i-cycle
  • Score: 0

3:14am Wed 9 Apr 14

Rooneybob says...

So... set up a camera and book everyone that breaks the law. If they're ignoring a 'No Entry' sign, they're not even going to bother looking at a sign that tells them what the penalty is. If the risk of accident is high, the cost justifies it. Anyway, it 'll be paid for and more in retrieval of fines...
So... set up a camera and book everyone that breaks the law. If they're ignoring a 'No Entry' sign, they're not even going to bother looking at a sign that tells them what the penalty is. If the risk of accident is high, the cost justifies it. Anyway, it 'll be paid for and more in retrieval of fines... Rooneybob
  • Score: 10

8:33am Wed 9 Apr 14

Leeolitina says...

People have been doing this since the one way system has been in force. It's just that more people are doing it now.. Just needs one of those systems like the exit at Bilford Road Waste Site - which only allow cars over in one direction or they need some new tyres - would soon stop them
People have been doing this since the one way system has been in force. It's just that more people are doing it now.. Just needs one of those systems like the exit at Bilford Road Waste Site - which only allow cars over in one direction or they need some new tyres - would soon stop them Leeolitina
  • Score: 12

8:48am Wed 9 Apr 14

Hwicce says...

This is a bit of a No sh1t Sherlock.

As previously said it's all about enforcement, the police don't enforce so the crime continues.

I was walking along there last night and saw a white van FR51... go through the one way the wrong way. Was there a copper, was there heck? It was after 6pm so they don't come out.

Until the Police take enforcement seriously instead of just doing it to get a couple of headlines in the paper and have a few weasel words to say at the next "community action meeting" these crimes will continue.
This is a bit of a No sh1t Sherlock. As previously said it's all about enforcement, the police don't enforce so the crime continues. I was walking along there last night and saw a white van FR51... go through the one way the wrong way. Was there a copper, was there heck? It was after 6pm so they don't come out. Until the Police take enforcement seriously instead of just doing it to get a couple of headlines in the paper and have a few weasel words to say at the next "community action meeting" these crimes will continue. Hwicce
  • Score: 9

11:25am Wed 9 Apr 14

liketoknow says...

surely if it is a 'dangerous and illegal ' shortcut they should be charged with dangerous driving.
surely if it is a 'dangerous and illegal ' shortcut they should be charged with dangerous driving. liketoknow
  • Score: 7

11:34am Wed 9 Apr 14

thesquirrel says...

Clearly drivers are very frustrated. Rather than adding to the misery by dishing out fines, could the no entry signs be removed in one direction to try to relieve some of the queues? Police could remove all parked vehicles from the back streets to make it safer.

I have no doubt people are resorting to breaking the law because they are the end of their tether. I feel sorry for these drivers - not angry like others commenting here.
Clearly drivers are very frustrated. Rather than adding to the misery by dishing out fines, could the no entry signs be removed in one direction to try to relieve some of the queues? Police could remove all parked vehicles from the back streets to make it safer. I have no doubt people are resorting to breaking the law because they are the end of their tether. I feel sorry for these drivers - not angry like others commenting here. thesquirrel
  • Score: -15

2:33pm Wed 9 Apr 14

spin bowler says...

Trust they are ticketing cyclist too?

Oh no I forgot they don't get nicked like drivers do… no licence, no insurance, no road tax, no road sense etc
Trust they are ticketing cyclist too? Oh no I forgot they don't get nicked like drivers do… no licence, no insurance, no road tax, no road sense etc spin bowler
  • Score: -10

3:16pm Wed 9 Apr 14

The Villan says...

thesquirrel wrote:
Clearly drivers are very frustrated. Rather than adding to the misery by dishing out fines, could the no entry signs be removed in one direction to try to relieve some of the queues? Police could remove all parked vehicles from the back streets to make it safer.

I have no doubt people are resorting to breaking the law because they are the end of their tether. I feel sorry for these drivers - not angry like others commenting here.
And where would the residents park their cars? should they be inconvenienced so the commuter has an easier time?

What a rather silly idea and not thought through at all, totally biased towards the law breakers.
[quote][p][bold]thesquirrel[/bold] wrote: Clearly drivers are very frustrated. Rather than adding to the misery by dishing out fines, could the no entry signs be removed in one direction to try to relieve some of the queues? Police could remove all parked vehicles from the back streets to make it safer. I have no doubt people are resorting to breaking the law because they are the end of their tether. I feel sorry for these drivers - not angry like others commenting here.[/p][/quote]And where would the residents park their cars? should they be inconvenienced so the commuter has an easier time? What a rather silly idea and not thought through at all, totally biased towards the law breakers. The Villan
  • Score: 11

3:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

spin bowler wrote:
Trust they are ticketing cyclist too?

Oh no I forgot they don't get nicked like drivers do… no licence, no insurance, no road tax, no road sense etc
If cyclists ignore the highway code of course they should be treated the same as any other highway user. The main difference is that they seldom cause injury to any other road users and are more likely to injure themselves.

As far as road tax is concerned motorists don't pay it either. Most responsible cyclists and certainly all who are members of the national cycling organisations are fully insured. Often the road sense issue you talk about is about a lack of knowledge many motorists have about the Highway code and that they are not obliged to cycle everywhere in the gutter where all the potholes and debris is.


As the director of the AA has said repeatedly, its about time we stopped stereotyping all cyclists as irresponsible and motorists as inconsiderate. Its only the few that cause the problem and it would be better that we all focussed on taking responsibility ourselves for sticking to the law, being more considerate to other and particularly more vulnerable road users and encouraging others to do likewise.
[quote][p][bold]spin bowler[/bold] wrote: Trust they are ticketing cyclist too? Oh no I forgot they don't get nicked like drivers do… no licence, no insurance, no road tax, no road sense etc[/p][/quote]If cyclists ignore the highway code of course they should be treated the same as any other highway user. The main difference is that they seldom cause injury to any other road users and are more likely to injure themselves. As far as road tax is concerned motorists don't pay it either. Most responsible cyclists and certainly all who are members of the national cycling organisations are fully insured. Often the road sense issue you talk about is about a lack of knowledge many motorists have about the Highway code and that they are not obliged to cycle everywhere in the gutter where all the potholes and debris is. As the director of the AA has said repeatedly, its about time we stopped stereotyping all cyclists as irresponsible and motorists as inconsiderate. Its only the few that cause the problem and it would be better that we all focussed on taking responsibility ourselves for sticking to the law, being more considerate to other and particularly more vulnerable road users and encouraging others to do likewise. i-cycle
  • Score: 3

3:54pm Wed 9 Apr 14

spin bowler says...

When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that.

And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been?

And so on….
When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that. And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been? And so on…. spin bowler
  • Score: -2

4:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

spin bowler wrote:
When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that.

And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been?

And so on….
No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists.

What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them.

The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation.

85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport.

The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.
[quote][p][bold]spin bowler[/bold] wrote: When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that. And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been? And so on….[/p][/quote]No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists. What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them. The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation. 85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport. The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians. i-cycle
  • Score: 6

4:29pm Wed 9 Apr 14

MrWXYZ says...

I doubt this 'myth' is the root of cause, just an easy point to try and make.

Can we not have a forum for people to bicker about cycling? This is the 2nd story on the same thing threatening to boil over to talking about bikes.

On the topic posts i've actually been impressed at the number of people making sensible comments and voting these up. Makes a nice change to blaming the road/highways agency as a defence to law braking/inconsiderat
e driving (thesquirrel aside that is).
I doubt this 'myth' is the root of cause, just an easy point to try and make. Can we not have a forum for people to bicker about cycling? This is the 2nd story on the same thing threatening to boil over to talking about bikes. On the topic posts i've actually been impressed at the number of people making sensible comments and voting these up. Makes a nice change to blaming the road/highways agency as a defence to law braking/inconsiderat e driving (thesquirrel aside that is). MrWXYZ
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Wed 9 Apr 14

spin bowler says...

i-cycle wrote:
spin bowler wrote:
When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that.

And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been?

And so on….
No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists.

What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them.

The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation.

85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport.

The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.
I think I touched a nerve….. Road Tax is hobby horse for cycling activists, plenty on the net about it!

Anyway, looking forward to them contributing to the costs of the road upkeep and the disproportionally expensive cycle ways that only half a dozen of them use.
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spin bowler[/bold] wrote: When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that. And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been? And so on….[/p][/quote]No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists. What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them. The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation. 85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport. The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.[/p][/quote]I think I touched a nerve….. Road Tax is hobby horse for cycling activists, plenty on the net about it! Anyway, looking forward to them contributing to the costs of the road upkeep and the disproportionally expensive cycle ways that only half a dozen of them use. spin bowler
  • Score: -1

8:49pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Hamilton60 says...

When this road was first made one way, I saw a car with four policewomen going the wrong way down the road. Had to laugh at that - clean up your own act before fining the general public!
When this road was first made one way, I saw a car with four policewomen going the wrong way down the road. Had to laugh at that - clean up your own act before fining the general public! Hamilton60
  • Score: 0

11:02am Thu 10 Apr 14

Hwicce says...

i-cycle wrote:
spin bowler wrote:
When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that.

And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been?

And so on….
No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists.

What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them.

The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation.

85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport.

The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.
If cyclists are so highly educated it's a wonder so many are unable to read the Highway Code.

Motorists get more and more negative towards cyclists because they see more and more of these "highly educated" but illiterate cyclists flouting the law on a daily basis.

Pot, kettle, black.
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spin bowler[/bold] wrote: When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that. And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been? And so on….[/p][/quote]No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists. What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them. The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation. 85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport. The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.[/p][/quote]If cyclists are so highly educated it's a wonder so many are unable to read the Highway Code. Motorists get more and more negative towards cyclists because they see more and more of these "highly educated" but illiterate cyclists flouting the law on a daily basis. Pot, kettle, black. Hwicce
  • Score: 6

1:31pm Mon 14 Apr 14

iamthebinman says...

Hwicce wrote:
i-cycle wrote:
spin bowler wrote:
When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that.

And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been?

And so on….
No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists.

What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them.

The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation.

85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport.

The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.
If cyclists are so highly educated it's a wonder so many are unable to read the Highway Code.

Motorists get more and more negative towards cyclists because they see more and more of these "highly educated" but illiterate cyclists flouting the law on a daily basis.

Pot, kettle, black.
The most common abuse cyclist get is to not cycle side by side. This is only illegal on single track roads and A-roads. Its the motorists than need to read their highway Codes before honking their horns, shouting abuse and stopping to ask if we 'want some'!
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spin bowler[/bold] wrote: When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that. And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been? And so on….[/p][/quote]No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists. What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them. The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation. 85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport. The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.[/p][/quote]If cyclists are so highly educated it's a wonder so many are unable to read the Highway Code. Motorists get more and more negative towards cyclists because they see more and more of these "highly educated" but illiterate cyclists flouting the law on a daily basis. Pot, kettle, black.[/p][/quote]The most common abuse cyclist get is to not cycle side by side. This is only illegal on single track roads and A-roads. Its the motorists than need to read their highway Codes before honking their horns, shouting abuse and stopping to ask if we 'want some'! iamthebinman
  • Score: -1

12:13am Tue 15 Apr 14

The Villan says...

Get the police to lend 'stingers' to the residents to throw under cars and bikes going the wrong way. That will stop the devils in their tracks!
Get the police to lend 'stingers' to the residents to throw under cars and bikes going the wrong way. That will stop the devils in their tracks! The Villan
  • Score: 3

1:08pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Hwicce says...

iamthebinman wrote:
Hwicce wrote:
i-cycle wrote:
spin bowler wrote:
When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that.

And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been?

And so on….
No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists.

What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them.

The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation.

85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport.

The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.
If cyclists are so highly educated it's a wonder so many are unable to read the Highway Code.

Motorists get more and more negative towards cyclists because they see more and more of these "highly educated" but illiterate cyclists flouting the law on a daily basis.

Pot, kettle, black.
The most common abuse cyclist get is to not cycle side by side. This is only illegal on single track roads and A-roads. Its the motorists than need to read their highway Codes before honking their horns, shouting abuse and stopping to ask if we 'want some'!
Highway Code rule 66 - You should ........ never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends

Now as nearly all the roads in Worcester could be classed as narrow or busy then cyclists should be in single file all the time.

Not illegal to be two abreast as it only says should but as we're all trying to be nice to each other (aren't we?) then it would be good practice.
[quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spin bowler[/bold] wrote: When did I stop paying Road tax? I must have missed that. And how many motorists are ticketed for jumping red lights... and how many cyclists have been? And so on….[/p][/quote]No one has paid road tax since the 30's, Churchill got rid of it. Ironically it was cycling organisations like the Cyclists Touring Club (the national cycling charity) that lobbied for a tax to be collected to improve and surface the early road infrastructure for cyclists. What you are probably referring to is Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is really a 'pollution tax' that isn't ring fenced for roads and certainly goes nowhere need paying for them. The Highways (not just roads) are paid for out of general taxation which everyone pays including cyclists and as cyclists are on average better educated and paid they typically pay more in general taxation. 85% of cyclists already pay VED because they are also motorists. If what you called 'road tax' was applied to bicycles they would pay no VED anyway as bikes are one of the least polluting forms of transport. The perpetuation of this 'myth' is often at the root of many motorists negative and increasingly dangerous attitudes to cyclists as they think we have less rights on the road because we don't pay for them. All cyclists do. We therefore have just as much rights as motorists to use the highway. In doing so all road users should comply with the law and give due consideration to others and especially the more vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians.[/p][/quote]If cyclists are so highly educated it's a wonder so many are unable to read the Highway Code. Motorists get more and more negative towards cyclists because they see more and more of these "highly educated" but illiterate cyclists flouting the law on a daily basis. Pot, kettle, black.[/p][/quote]The most common abuse cyclist get is to not cycle side by side. This is only illegal on single track roads and A-roads. Its the motorists than need to read their highway Codes before honking their horns, shouting abuse and stopping to ask if we 'want some'![/p][/quote]Highway Code rule 66 - You should ........ never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends Now as nearly all the roads in Worcester could be classed as narrow or busy then cyclists should be in single file all the time. Not illegal to be two abreast as it only says should but as we're all trying to be nice to each other (aren't we?) then it would be good practice. Hwicce
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