Cyclists Set To Overtake Muslims In Victimhood Crybaby Stakes…

A council has been accused of victim blaming after officers released a safety poster relating to cyclists…

Oh oh! *adopts brace position*

wearing headphones.


It features an image of man riding with headphones in his ears with the message “Headphones can prevent you from hearing traffic. Share the road, share the responsibility.”

However, some cyclists have taken offence at the poster campaign and have accused the local authority of victim blaming.

You mean, it’s ‘offensive’ to be told ‘Hey! You! Idiot! Why cripple one of your five senses and put yourself at risk?’..?

Yesterday, a mock up of the poster with an alternative message was circulated on Twitter.

It features the same image with the message “There’s no evidence wearing headphones is hazardous but we’re blaming cyclists anyway. Share the roads, take all the blame”

Mark Strong, a city cyclist and transport consultant with the Transport Initiatives, said he was unsure who was behind the mock poster.

He added: “There is a huge imbalance in the level of responsibility which is not shown in the original poster.

“It looks great but whether it would make any difference to the actual numbers of people getting hurt is debatable.

“All accidents have more than one cause and a poster essentially saying ‘don’t be stupid’ won’t get very far.

“There needs to be forgiveness in the road environment. The system should be able to cope with that and should not be so on the edge that any mistake can lead to an accident.”

It makes sense, if you’re going to be sharing a road environment with much, much bigger vehicles, that you pay as much attention as possible. And when someone points out that you’re not doing that by wearing headphones, don’t act like a sulky toddler throwing a tantrum.

9 comments for “Cyclists Set To Overtake Muslims In Victimhood Crybaby Stakes…

  1. Custard Cream
    June 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Darwin Awards self-selection.

  2. john in cheshire
    June 1, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Near to me, the number of cyclists who hunt in packs is getting beyond a joke. It’s getting to the point where one has to slow to a crawl every 100yds or so, behind these cyclists, who also frequently are engaged in conversation, apparently oblivious to the presence of any other road users.

  3. Ed P
    June 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Mandatory third-party insurance, requiring a declaration about not using earphones, having lights, working brakes, etc., would sort out these road hogs.

  4. Lord T
    June 1, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Fuck em. They are the ones getting squished.

  5. Hereward unbowed.
    June 1, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I dunno, when I was a kid..back in the day….

    If you came off your bike – pretty much usually [always] it was your fault and you were admonished for it in the usual way.

    Quite early, I learnt that, it was better not to fall off your bike if you could help it, simple things like be aware of a truck drivers blind spot and never sidle up in the inside of an articulated lorry waiting at a left hand turn bend, always but always keep you eyes and ears alert to all noise, movement and anticipation is your best guardian.

    These days, I guess kids want everything doing for them, we teach ’em to be dumb and guess what that’s just how they turn out…… and then mollycoddle them, “it wasn’t your fault darling” kissy-kissy [I’ve seen it in so many different versions] – when they fuck up.

    Pretty soon, the euro will go up shit creek and then the school of very, very hard knocks will return for most everybody – the learning process will sort the men out from the girlie boys BUT I don’t hold out much hope for British kids.

  6. June 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    As a cyclist myself, afraid I have to agree that many of those cyclists seem to be from another planet. Darwin clearly at work.

  7. June 2, 2015 at 8:10 am

    “There’s no evidence wearing headphones is hazardous.”

    Because no-one’s gathering any evidence. Even though it’s well documented that distracted driving is a big killer. So therefore is distracted cycling. Or operating any type of machine without paying attention.

    Thusly; “Hey, love this track. La-la-la.” Thump! “Where did all these guys with horns and pitchforks come from?” 🙄

  8. Mudplugger
    June 2, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Every road-user operates at least 4 of the 5 senses – only taste has litle relevance. Sight and hearing are most obvious, but smell can give advance warning of diesel-spills to two-wheeled users, just as brake, clutch and overheating smells are relevant to all others. Touch allows one to sense vibrations in any part of the vehicle, often giving notice of some hazard.
    To compromise deliberately any one of those key senses is plainly to drive without due care and attention, whether using two-wheels or more, and should result in the approriate sanction.
    But on the other hand, one fewer cyclist is never anything to regret.

    • June 7, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Agreed! If a mobile phone is distracting to drivers, why not a too-loud stereo?

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