It's supposed to be common sense.. But NO, some motorists feel it violates their rights or something, or they think all cyclists are a menace.
I've had cars brush past me at a distance of more or less 1 foot. And I was even on the bike lane. https://t.co/bkI15Iz0NN
— The Wasted Wanderer (@_wastedwanderer) February 18, 2022
Let's take a timeout from the memes to look at some of the tidal wave of reaction, responses and comments to our main live blog topic of the day (no, not tailwind KOM hunting)...why some seem to become uncontrolably triggered by being asked to not close pass cyclists...
On Facebook, Lis Parsons reckons: "Considering most cyclists also drive, or ride in cars, it makes no sense. I think some people just get violently irrational whenever they encounter 'unconventional' behaviour, even when it doesn't negatively affect them at all."
Chris Hill got 40 likes for his thought about the role of the media..."Media representation of cyclists is not helping matters. Most 'cyclists' do follow the rules of the road, but there some idiots out there that do jump lights etc… and need to be held to account. But to that end there are way more drivers out there that do the same. The car driver (in my experience driving a German manufacture vehicle) can cause a lot of damage to the more vulnerable road user and they need to accept it. The Highway Code changes are not much in the way of change but clarification of what what already there."
Ben Peach simplified the point..."Simple rule that a lot don't understand, 'don't be a git'."
Graham Black commented: "Cyclists have an equal right to use the road? Many drivers either don't know this, or worse, disagree with it. This is where the problem lies."
I think the reason is the fact there is an entire half a car between them and us (passenger seat) I think in their minds that is actually included in the recommendation?🤷♂️ So even when they close pass there is still space between us and them so why the big deal yanno?
— CillDara Cyclist 🇮🇪 (@swrdz) February 18, 2022
Here on the blog, Mungecrundle commented: "I'm pretty sure that no-one likes being told by a stranger that they are rubbish at a task that they think they are actually quite good at. 90 per cent of drivers rate themselves above average or some such statistic?
"Trying to explain intricacies of road traffic law or quoting HC rules isn't going to get you anywhere, especially when your protagonist is blind certain that the made up rule they have in their head is incontrovertibly correct."
brooksby agreed: "I suspect it is because many motorists really don't like anyone telling them what they can or can't do: 'How DARE you advise me on my driving techniques!? I have been driving for years, and have never killed anyone yet'.
"And of course another reason is that so many think that because they saw a cyclist run a red light, this one time, eighteen months ago (while being blind to all the motorists who did the same during that period) then clearly all tax-dodging cyclists riding their toys on the road are Evil Rogues with no respect for the law and who deserve no respect from good law-abiding citizens. Or something like that..."
We have launched our #HighwayCode campaign to raise awareness of the new rules to help protect people walking, cycling and horse riding.
— THINK! Road Safety (@THINKgovuk) February 17, 2022
If you've followed our live blog for a while you'll know all too well about this sort of situation: a police force/road safety body uploads a post to social media asking for a fairly simple action. What usually follows is a whole cesspit of whataboutery and anger, ignoring the fact that the fairly basic request could save someone's life or, more simply, show basic respect to another human being just trying to get around. Apologies, rant over...
THINK!'s Highway Code campaign aims to address one of the main criticisms of the recent Highway Code changes — that they haven't been properly communicated to the public. THINK1! hopes to "raise awareness of the new rules to help protect people walking, cycling and horse riding" by sharing a link to a Gov.UK site highlighting eight of the main changes, including the 'Hierarchy of Road Users', road positioning and overtaking.
You'd think a basic request to keep others safe on the road would be fairly uncontroversial? Erm, that's not how the replies to THINK!'s campaign show it...
Cue the whataboutery...
Whilst we are at it can we show cyclists the explanation of the traffic light system, as in red light means stop!
— chris trepte (@thewingateone) February 17, 2022
When approaching a traffic light that is red, you must stop. pic.twitter.com/gwpyu4IsyK
— Feefifofum (@Feefifofum_is_i) February 18, 2022
And the critics...
If the 1.5m is basically driving completly in the opposite lane on a 30mph road, and you’re saying leave more at higher speed where are we ment to drive?? The pavement looks inviting, oh wait can’t do that either. Roads need addressing so cyclists can stay over as far as poss
— Mark Bush (@mjb8028) February 17, 2022
It’s not stupid to the thousand’s of cyclists who are close passed everyday or worse clipped. It’s not impractical if you leave 5 extra minutes for every journey and wait patiently for a safe space to pass.
— Secret Squirrel (@Secret_Squidgle) February 17, 2022
Sack your new brainchild who created such a bullshit idiotic piece of crap 🤣🤣👍
— Leaf (@RickyPa98142625) February 17, 2022
The one positive is that, more than we usually see, there were many comments thanking THINK!, supporting the message and trying to address what the changes actually mean for road users...
The previous rules actually requires that whnovertakîg a bike or a horse or a car, you must be 100q% in the opposing lane . So not much has change s except the comprehension of drivers who haven’t for decades kept up with rule changes
— Peter Johnston🏴🇫🇷🏴🇵🇱🚵🏻🏄🏻🎸 (@kerstratPete) February 17, 2022
Nice. This is very easy to do for a compitent driver. Most drivers do this already but a few lack the skills required.
— venture by bike (@venturebybike) February 17, 2022
We can't say we're massive TikTokers here at road.cc, we'll leave the dancing and avocado cooking to the younger generation, but this one did catch our eye...(mainly because it wasn't actually on TikTok when we saw it...)
These bus drivers were asked to experience what if feels like as a cyclist, when their buses drive so close to cyclists and startle them by hooting at them. Let's learn to share our roads fairly, cyclists too have an equal right to use the road as other vehicles. pic.twitter.com/KkYbokzzVa
— Shauri Mûriû (@thangwa_) February 16, 2022
— Norfolk & Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team (@NSRAPT) February 18, 2022
The East Anglian Daily Times is reporting that all lanes of the A11 have now reopened after this morning's excitement. Two bikes were blown off a vehicle's roof rack, causing a southbound lane between Elveden and Mildenhall Fiveways to be closed.
The Norfolk & Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team urged people to be cautious if travelling during the 90mph storm.
Right, time to reload that Heathrow live stream...
Ineos Grenadiers have updated the cycling world on the condition of their star rider Egan Bernal, three weeks on from his training horror crash which left the 25-year-old in intensive care facing multiple rounds of surgery.
The team reported Bernal is "making great progress at home and working with a local rehab clinic where his recovery is going well."
"At present our medical staff have not set a definitive timeline for when we should expect to see him back on his bike," read a new medical update from Ineos Grenadiers.
"For the time being he will remain in Colombia until his progression has reached a satisfactory level for him to return to his European base."
All the fair-weather wind enthusiasts (strange phrase) have come out the woodwork today, but for us cycling wind nerds (another strange phrase), how blustery it is, and more importantly where we're going to get a tailwind, is an everyday obsession.
MyWindsock is always my go-to weather tool for working out where I need to save my legs and where I can expect to fly...it's a fantastic online tool for taking your ride analysis to the next level.
Unfortunately, today we learned the news that the app's founder Ben Norbury has suffered a serious incident while training, sustaining injuries including a broken back, neck and facial injuries.
Ben is stable, but hopefully we'll have better news to report soon...
— Fausto Masnada (@masnada_fausto) February 18, 2022
Even when it comes to Instagram, Michael Mørkøv helps Mark Cavendish...
The duo are in the UAE for the start of the WorldTour calendar this Sunday as the UAE Tour kicks off proceedings. Seven stages: four sprints, two summit finishes and one pan-flat TT.
The sprints should be pretty interesting, though, Cav, Sam Bennett, Elia Viviani, Arnaud Démare, Cees Bol, Pascal Ackermann, Dylan Groenewegen, Jasper Philipsen, David Dekker and Mads Pedersen are all down to start Sunday's opener...
On the GC front, all eyes will be on defending champion and 'home' rider Tadej Pogačar.
The Needles on the Isle of Wight recorded a wind gust of 122 mph this morning
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 18, 2022
Don't try this at home, and all that...but if ever there was a day to strip James Pett of his Needles KOM, it's today...if you don't end up in hospital first...
Alternatively, you could stay indoors and watch the Heathrow planespotter's live stream on YouTube like us...terrific entertainment.
Pas Normal Studio (PNS) has expanded its spring/summer Essentials collection to include women’s offerings for the first time as part of its bigger drive to provide more female-specific styles across the whole PNS range.
"We don’t want to just shrink the sizes and change the colours," says PNS. "We’ve always been driven by constructing and offering fit and functionality that goes above and beyond what you would normally expect from your cycling kit."
An all-day relaxed fit is provided in the Essential line and the fabrics used are said to be easy to care for, with durability and quick-drying properties in mind. "Essential is our encouragement to get out there and ride," PNS sums up.
The Essentials line consists of a short sleeve jersey (£155), bib shorts (£220), shield gilet (£200) and shield jacket (£310).
As part of the new partnership with Essex County Council, RideLondon 2022 will include three mass-participation routes starting on Victoria Embankment. The 100-mile option enters Essex via Epping Forest where it will follow a section of stage three of the 2014 Tour de France before returning to the capital for a finish at Tower Bridge.
The 60-mile option follows the 100 for the first 32 miles before heading back to Tower Bridge. Entries cost £50 and will open this afternoon. The 30-mile option costs £25 and also opens this afternoon.
FreeCycle is the other part of the day, and will allow cyclists eight miles of traffic-free roads in central London. It is billed as the "perfect way for a family to see some of London's most famous landmarks on two wheels. FreeCycle registration will open in March, when the event start times will be revealed.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of RideLondon, said: "We’re incredibly excited to be bringing RideLondon back in 2022 after the last two editions were cancelled due to the pandemic. We return with exciting new routes into Essex thanks to a new partnership with Essex County Council and an increased ambition for RideLondon to be genuinely for all."
Gravel Epic has launched an Off-Road series on the FulGaz virtual training platform, featuring six stages which cover a total distance of 143.67km with 3276m of elevation gain.
The free virtual gravel event starts tomorrow and runs until 6 March, and allows riders to virtually explore gravel trails across the world through the FulGaz app, from the mountainous Austrian Alpenvereinshütte to the Gloucester Spring ride in Maine countryside.
Open to riders of all levels, you can complete the stages at your own pace and at any time - it’s a personal challenge and so there’s no prize for coming first.
In one stage riders can join World Champion mountain biker Paul van der Ploeg on a ride through some of the remote Australian gravel roads hidden out the back of Falls Creek.
Participants also have the chance to win a one-year subscription to FulGaz, as well as entry to Gravel Epic Switzerland, a three-day staged race among the giant snowy peaks of Valais.
You can sign up for free here and also find out more information about each of the stages.
Well that was a hectic finish at #Valgarve2022!
Voss and Higuita somehow came together and David Gaudu emerged unscathed to take the win from Samuel Battistella! pic.twitter.com/Pa5rSn0670
— Mathew Mitchell (@MatMitchell30) February 17, 2022
Good to see some downright bizarre bike racing back on our TV screens after the long winter away...
Plenty of British interest too...Ethan Hayter was third on the stage and will be taking his GC challenge to Remco Evenepoel in the TT stage, Classics man Connor Swift was an impressive 14th on the big mountain stage, while Tom Pidcock was 17th. G and Ineos Grenadiers' new signing Ben Tullett did their work early doors, setting the pace on the lower slopes.
I mean is this really a surprise to anyone? One of the best cyclists in the world is wanted by some of the best cycling teams in the world, hardly a plot twist, is it? Anyway, Tom Pidcock's contract with Ineos Grenadiers is slowly ticking down. It doesn't expire until the end of 2023, but when you're as big a talent as Pidcock, talks start early...
VeloNews is reporting Pidcock confirmed to them that there are other teams interested in his signature, and claim at least two other WorldTour teams have their sights set on the 22-year-old. It is believed the number €3-4 million per season is being talked about as some of the bike industry's biggest names fight to have the multi-disciplinarian representing their brands.
"Of course, I’m going to stay in the sport longer than this year, so there are contract negotiations going on. There is interest but that’s all I’ll say," he told VeloNews.
— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) February 17, 2022
It's a bit blustery out there...
Secret number one? Stay at home and hit the indoor trainer...
Unless you're training for the Dutch Headwind Champs, of course...
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.