Typical "cyclist"

by Actium   November 7, 2012  

I was amused (and simultaneously horrified of course) by this story...

It seems cyclist don't just run red lights and pay no "road tax" but they drown kittens as well. Do you notice that there is no mention of the persons age, sex, race, build etc. It is simply enough to describe them as "cyclist". Surely cyclists are people too, just like car drivers and pedestrians. Don't you think there is too much labelling of people that generates a general "us and them" feeling?

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What a poorly written piece.

Annoys me as both a cyclist and cat owner.

posted by Super Domestique [1695 posts]
7th November 2012 - 11:17


Tagged, Bagged and caught in the act cyclist. Seems to be a something and nothing article. Best ignored.

posted by Mostyn [430 posts]
7th November 2012 - 12:33


Yeah, the article itself wasn't really the point. It is indicative of a tribal labelling of "cyclist", "motorist" that seems to infect many articles and discussions that could be seen as divisive and ultimately unhelpful.

posted by Actium [44 posts]
7th November 2012 - 13:24


Perhaps the passer-by was a cyclist Smile

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posted by colhum1 [98 posts]
8th November 2012 - 0:38


If you're appealing for information, the fact the guy was on a bike is relevant though. I think "cyclist" is just a statement of fact in this case, not meant with any negative connotations.

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posted by CraigS [135 posts]
8th November 2012 - 0:43


Indeed Craig, but I think the fact the guy was a guy and not a gal might have been a more useful label Smile

posted by Actium [44 posts]
8th November 2012 - 9:32


Actium wrote:
Indeed Craig, but I think the fact the guy was a guy and not a gal might have been a more useful label Smile

That would hit the News; Gal on bicycle with bag of kittens prepared for the Lake! The question everyone would ask; is? Has the Broom-stick been replaced by a bicycle in wichcraft transport?

posted by Mostyn [430 posts]
9th November 2012 - 0:32


As a drowner of kittens I am greatly offended by this.

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posted by pants [217 posts]
19th February 2014 - 8:29


I think you'll find that "This is" news websites are part of the daily mail group.


Best left alone IMO.

posted by arfa [651 posts]
19th February 2014 - 10:12


Well I took the bait and had to reply...Anarchy ROOLZ...
'Should the article not read 'a person seen riding a bike'...there is a marked difference between a 'cyclist' and a person using a bicycle to transport a bag containing a cat for disposal?????
Had it been someone driving a car would the report have stipulated that a 'car enthusiast', 'motorist'...etc was seen or indeed if someone on foot had perpetrated this heinous act would they have been called a 'walker', 'rambler' or 'pedestrian'...no, they most likely would have just been identified as a 'person'

...the fact that it was a bike ...and that was emphasised on more than one occasion...leads me to believe that the article is intended to ruffle the feathers of a public that (somewhat unfoundedly) has already got 'an itchy scab' mentality when it comes to blaming 'cyclists for all that is wrong in the world'

...at least the cat was OK...any indication as to what kind of 'passer-by' it was...maybe he/she was a 'road tax' paying member of the public...I'm sure the readers would like to know...


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posted by The _Kaner [642 posts]
19th February 2014 - 19:24


The story is over a year old Thinking
Maybe they just strung a couple of cyclists up to make a point and left it at that; that will teach them Devil

posted by SideBurn [913 posts]
19th February 2014 - 20:27