Attacks by cyclists on runners

Anyone else experienced this?

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09/09/2012 at 12:42

This morning on my long run round Windsor park a clyclist deliberately rode his bike at me then rode off at speed to avoid my response.  He was not some young teenager but looked like an experienced cyclist of around 30.  Fortuneatly it was only a glancing blow.  This is not the first time around Windsor that a cyclist has rode their bike at me though it is the first time where there has been contact.  There seems to be a minority among cyclists who think it is good sport to buzz runners.

09/09/2012 at 13:01

Never heard anything like that.

Quite silly though, a cyclists aren't exactly invincible on those little bikes...and I expect they're quite easy to remember, so that next time you can come armed with a nice stick for those spokes!

09/09/2012 at 13:29

Not experienced anything like that but I do find road cyclists quite rude when I meet them on the roads (while I'm running).  If we have the same line they almost always stick to it making me to run into the middle of the road to avoid getting hit by them.  Or they whizz past very close and very fast.  And they rarely acknowledge a hello. 

09/09/2012 at 14:08

My issue with cyclists is them approaching at speed from behind and not dinging the bell to let me know. Annoying when done by single commuter cyclists, downright intimidating when done by a pack of mountain bikers or roadies.

Although, conversely, when I'm cycling and I ding a runner up ahead, half the time I find the silly sod is zoned out with the iPod and can't hear me anyway ... and then moans at being startled as I pass. You can't win sometimes.

09/09/2012 at 14:20

Muttley, don't make this another ipod thread!

But since you have, does anyone else find it remarkable how close you can get to someone wearing an Ipod without them noticing your presence?

I swear I'm more aware than them when I wear one. Most seem to have zero idea anything is close to them until you zoom by.

09/09/2012 at 14:21

I am more aware when wearing one (an iPod not a cyclist).  I think.

09/09/2012 at 14:29

I always hold mine so i can mute it for any dodgy road settings etc.

The people I see with them strapped to arms and no control to hand seem unwise.

Even more so (linking slightly back to the actual thread!), thencyclists you see with headfones in! Travelling at speed with the hearing sense dulled has to be pure deathwise territory.

09/09/2012 at 14:31

I often wonder when I see balls out cyclists on our shared "greenway" that allows runners walkers cyclists and horse riders onto the same 10ft wide path why they think they can ride like that and expect everyone else to get out of their way.

I was out in Knutsford last week at the same time as a 100k ride was taking place, I went to a great deal of trouble to let the cyclists have space and time, but when two smartarses tried to pass me on the inside between my car and a high hedge while I was dawdling behind a group of 10 or so bikes on a blind bend, I really did wonder why I was bothering.

I guess as usual it's a minority giving everyone a bad name.

 

09/09/2012 at 14:40
Stevie G . wrote (see)
 does anyone else find it remarkable how close you can get to someone wearing an Ipod without them noticing your presence?

I swear I'm more aware than them when I wear one. Most seem to have zero idea anything is close to them until you zoom by.

I wonder if they think that about you Stevie!

 

09/09/2012 at 14:40

I do a lot of running along a towpath that is shared by pedestrians and cyclists. When a cyclist is approaching me from ahead I'll move to the left. If he does the same, we're okay. But I get the odd tit who moves to the right and keeps going straight at me. My tactic is to occupy my ground and slightly extend my right arm, palm forwards: move over you dick or your handlebars are going to take a quick swivel. Not a good idea when you're right next to the Thames. Had several very close misses and brushes of my arm against the cyclist's but no actual collision yet. They do eventually get the message.

(No such thing as too many threads about iPod zombies )

09/09/2012 at 15:48

I've only ever had issues with cyclists riding on the pavement when there's a perfectly good road to use. If they are kids or unconfident riders I'll make an exception and run around them. Anyone else I will nod for them to move or I'll run straight at them which usually results in them pulling up sharply. This is only if there is a road for them to use though. It"s a completely different scenario if I'm on trails. Mountain bikers will bomb around and you've got to move or get smoked, they just can't break quick enough.

09/09/2012 at 15:58
Forbes Browne wrote (see)

I've only ever had issues with cyclists riding on the pavement when there's a perfectly good road to use. If they are kids or unconfident riders I'll make an exception and run around them. Anyone else I will nod for them to move or I'll run straight at them which usually results in them pulling up sharply. This is only if there is a road for them to use though. It"s a completely different scenario if I'm on trails. Mountain bikers will bomb around and you've got to move or get smoked, they just can't break quick enough.

+1

09/09/2012 at 18:09
One crazy cyclists has a go at you and thats a weird one off occurence where you have done nothing wrong and the cyclist needs anger management. If this happens more than once, then you are a crazy runner whose totally oblivion towards others make you a menace and sooner or later another cyclist is going to get pissed off by your behaviour.
09/09/2012 at 18:32
Mr Puffy wrote (see)
Stevie G . wrote (see)
 does anyone else find it remarkable how close you can get to someone wearing an Ipod without them noticing your presence?

I swear I'm more aware than them when I wear one. Most seem to have zero idea anything is close to them until you zoom by.

I wonder if they think that about you Stevie!

 

Have never once been startled by someone overtaking me.  Whereas I've startled plenty, however gently I try and jog by, and however wide a berth!

09/09/2012 at 19:28
Being someone who partakes in cycling and running, i have had runners who are oblivious to not only cyclists but all traffic, and on the other hand i have cyclists who regularly try and dump me in the river Lee. Most are casual once a week cyclists as opposed to those who cycle as a hobby. Cyclists who wear headphones are just asking to be knocked off, but anyone who uses headphones should think of 2 things, one can i hear what is going on, and two the chances of having to wear hearing aids in the future is bloody good.
09/09/2012 at 19:32

Adrian, it depends what type of headfones you wear. How loud, and how frequent.

I don't think there's much risk of those over ear head phones for an hour a day max, using an Ipod which is actually limited volume wise by the manufacturers.

However, if you wear the "In ear" headfones , use them for 5-6hours a day, and actually unlock your ipod to remove the maximum volume safety setting, then it;s a different story completely.

09/09/2012 at 19:50

Pardon?

 

09/09/2012 at 19:53

I knocked a cyclist off his bike once when sprinting up to Uni to hand in an assignment.....

I did apologise and help him up but he was cussing me something shocking....

:S

09/09/2012 at 19:56
Mr puffy i refer you to the " laugh at disability thread" not funny first time not funny now, like i said make it original.
09/09/2012 at 20:02

You can refer me where you like Adrian, I probably still won't know what you're on about, did I miss something important?

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