PLEASE NOTE:

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

 
The Fox 5366
 
Comments: 78
Article views: 1233
 
 
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.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Reggie Makgoba
The creative student

There is nothing more fulfilling to any teacher than seeing their students challenge the status quo and finding ways to contribute new ideas to a subject with passion. Read more...

0 comments 154 views
Submitted by
Kelvin Esiasa167
Social Injustices should be curbe...

I am writing this article at the backdrop of calamities that have been taking places around the globe and the South African xenophobia is one such an example Read more...

4 comments 202 views
Submitted by
Magda_Kus
Stop Hate/ Xenophobia/ Racism - I...

If you were driving past a scene of an accident, with no emergency services in sight, would you carry on driving saying "I did not cause that accident!" Read more...

4 comments 170 views
Submitted by
Puff
Bloodlust

This man had a mother. A father. He was perhaps a brother, a friend, a lover. This man had a purpose. He had a dream. He had a life. He had laughter and love and hope waiting for him. Read more...

4 comments 558 views
Submitted by
Andre Colling
The Saudis, Iran, Yemen and a bad...

Many conclude that Yemen is yet another step towards the cataclysmic sectarian war and , quite possibly, the trigger that leads the region to this ultimate battle. I, for one, can find no reason not to hold a similar position. Read more...

2 comments 563 views
Submitted by
Elaine Bing
Roots of xenophobia and genocide

We don’t want to live in a country that harms others and we need to all take on the responsibility of preventing further violence. Read more...

27 comments 439 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

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

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 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.