PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
The Fox 5366
 
Comments: 78
Article views: 1343
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all The Fox 5366's badges.
 

Think car, not bike

01 June 2012, 20:36
I have to admire the 'Think Bike' campaign, purely for the amount of traction it has managed to gain within the biking community. How often does a biker roar past you in traffic, and the last image you have of him is that yellow sticker stuck to the back of his helmet?

I think it's rubbish. Bikers need to 'Think Car', not the other way around.

Now that I've got the bikers beating a path to my door, let me explain: I full agree that bikers are entitled to exactly the same rights and consideration that 'cagers' (us in the tin boxes of four wheels) are.

However, I disagree that they deserve anything more.

If you want to drive a motorbike to work because it is lighter on petrol, fine with me. If you want to drive a motorbike to work because it allows you to zip down the centreline and avoid standing in stop-start traffic, then we have a problem.

As a cautious motorist, I naturally check my blind spots before changing lanes, and even move to the side to prevent one of those roaring motorcyclists from taking out my wing mirror.

That's enough, isn't it?

The real problem with the 'Think Bike' campaign is that it hasn't been properly explained to the motoring public. What exactly am I meant to be thinking?

That there may be a motorcyclist rushing past me on his way to work, which is so much more important to mine, and I should pull aside to let him by?

The problem with 'Think Bike' is that it implies that motorists need to have yet another thing on their minds when driving, as if watching out for taxis, Peugeot drivers and the next episode of Survivor isn't enough.

If motorcyclists wants to have equal rights of cars, they need to drive like cars. Sit still in stop-start traffic, don't expect cars to pull aside for you when you dart into oncoming traffic and for god's sake put a silencer onto your exhaust.

Failing that, I'm going to invest in a 'Think Car' bumper sticker for my car's bumper. Any other takers?

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
78 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
So,Recently
The nuclear Cabinet reshuffle

Moving Nzimande out of his cabinet is an understandable move from Zuma’s perspective, given the fact that he was leading a dissenting party while in Zuma’s cabinet. But this will hurt him in the long term. Read more...

0 comments 1650 views
Submitted by
Have your say: Should parents be ...

A new court ruling that makes spanking your child illegal in South Africa has caused major controversy, with many -- including powerful religious groups -- disagreeing with the South Gauteng High Court. What do you think? Read more...

0 comments 403 views
Submitted by
ohomen171
Liberia: Political Football

Former soccer star George Weah will face Vice President Joseph Boakai in a run-off election to select Libera’s president next month. Read more...

0 comments 172 views
Submitted by
Thandolwethu Mene
Mother England to the aid of the ...

All thanks to the ANC and their brave defence of their corrupt and morally inept president that our own crime fighting institutions have been turned into weapons of spying. Read more...

0 comments 1020 views
Submitted by
ohomen171
Some Pictures From the 1950's

In the '50 cars were colourful and we got dressed up for birthday parties and we even played in the streets because we didn't have to text our friends to come and play.  Read more...

0 comments 785 views
Submitted by
Siphesihle Mdletshe
A voice for taxpayers?

The office of the Tax Om-bud is central to the social contract between government and citizens, by ensuring that citizens are treated fairly with respect to tax collection." - Melusi Gigaba, Minister of Finance. Read more...

0 comments 429 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.