Cycling Faux Pas

Cycling Faux Pas 4

Recently one morning, whilst on my way to work a female cycling behind was trying to flag me down for some reason. We got held at a traffic light and I looked behind to see what she wanted. She was pointing at my rear light and told me that I’d forgotten to turn it on. In the meantime the light had turned green, now I was looking the wrong way and holding traffic up all because I’d “forgotten” to turn my light on. Well this woman sticking her big nose where it wasn’t wanted got me thinking, i’m pretty sure there are things that I do that tick other cyclists off, but I also have a list of cycling faux pas that I see on the daily, that annoy me.


Red Light Jumpers


Well by far the biggest annoyance and most obvious cycling faux pas are the red light jumpers. Taking unnecessary risks in order to gain a few seconds head start and at the same time ticking off other cyclists and motorists, hardly seems worth it especially given that if you are caught by the police, it’ll be a fine and a road awareness course, in some cases it has lead to prison time, but hey keep jumping them and gaining those few seconds.



Overtaking on the left


The law of the road, or the highway code, whatever you want to call it, states that road users should overtake on the right, undertaking or over taking on the left can have all kinds on repercussions. Least of all having other cyclists feeling like they are in no man’s land whilst you have someone else overtaking on the right and some wally overtaking on the left. In short, don’t do it, it confuses people.


Talking to someone whilst they’re wearing headphones


This one falls in line with my story that I mention in the beginning. Unless the conversation is critical, i’ll even lower that to “necessary”, then think to yourself “this person wore headphones for a reason” and no where on that list is idle chit chat.

Cycling error


Not cycling in a straight line


Ok this bugs me when it seem like the person in front is trying to swerve an imaginary drain and then once they’ve done that they stay in the right side of the cyclist’s path. It confuses me when people do things and you can’t see the logic behind it. So this is a firm one for the list.


Not wearing a cycling helmet


Ok so this is a personal choice, but an unwise one. A helmet will be your last line of defence, should you crash, fall off or be hit by a vehicle. Style points should not be a cause for concern, but safety always should be.


I know there are loads more that could be added to this list, but it’s the kind of thing that varies from person to person, so no doubt you could add some of your own.


What cycling faux pas get your back up? Which ones are you guilty of?


“Cycling is just like church, many attend but few understand”


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4 thoughts on “Cycling Faux Pas

  • Space Pootler

    This is such a strange article. First of all, the phrasing “a female” sounds like the Ferrengi from Star Trek. Second, the family in that photo are doing nothing wrong. They’re admirably cycling as everyday transport as the name of this site suggests!

    Finally, the very logo for this site depicts someone cycling in a cap, not a helmet. Perhaps it should not be condemning cycle commuting as an everyday activity rather than some dangerous sport requiring protective kit.

    • Baz

      If police were to see the family on the bike, they’d be stopped and possibly fined in the UK. Fair point about the logo. But it is a logo and not advice. That’s what happens when you give designers free reign. Feedback appreciated

      • Space Pootler

        What exactly would the police use as a reason to fine that family? Do you mean the backie? If you can demonstrate that the rear rack was built for the purpose, that’s not against the highway code. In fact, many argue that since dutch bikes are all used that way, they’re engineered for that use.

        Also, surely the whole point of normalising cycling is to make exactly that kind of everyday casual riding legal, comfortable, and easy, no?

        I think perhaps you should listen to your designers.

        • Baz

          Yes the backie, the child seat on the front. I don’t think either in the eyes of the law is acceptable. Other European countries aren’t as strict with these rules, but in the UK it wouldn’t be accepted by law. I’m sure the manufacturers of the Dutch bikes couldn’t market the rear rack as a passenger seat because of the safety implications. The image you’re talking about is not on the website it’s on the social media pages