I hope that I can shed some light on th attitude of the police from my own experience. About 15 years ago I was knocked off my bicycle in a very similar style. The driver drove into the back off me and attempted to drive off. It was only the quick reaction of other drivers who blocked his escape that he was stopped. It was outside Slough police station and therefore they were on the scene in minutes. I was left with a broken wrist, elbow and dislocated shoulder. Despite the fact that there were several witnesses, the police took no action. Even when it was discovered that he was driving without insurance. The attitude of the police was that it was a minor misdemeanour and didn't warrant the effort it would take to prosecute. I was advised to sue the driver through a personal injury lawyer. The attitude being that the amount of money it would cost him was sufficient punishment. The whole episode shows the wrongheaded thinking of the police on this issue and the story in the news today confirms to me that the police don't give a toss about what they consider to be low level crime.
Is it just my imagination or do pedestrians no longer consider it to be a hazard to step onto the road infront of cyclists? It seems to be happening to me with increasing frequency. The pedestrian looks for traffic sees a cyclist and thinks that crossing isn't a problem and the promptly steps onto the road. Causing breaking, swerving and many expletives. It happened to me twice today and does so several times a week. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
The trouble with sweatshop these days is that there is a determination never to give a refund under any circumstances. I bought a pair of New Balance shoes in May and noticed that the tread had worn through after about 6 weeks. When I took them back they refused to replace them or give a refund. When It was pointed out that I had run less then 200 miles in them, I was told that they couldn't take my word for it as I could easily have run over 500 miles in that time, therefore no refund could be given. They also said that if it was a manufacturing defect I should take it up with them myself.
A shoddy service from a crap company that used to be the best around. Nedless to say I won't be returning to a shop where I once bought all of my runing shoes.