And He Saw That The Light Was Good

at

Last night.

Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

Members of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, including Alice Beuchat (pic 6) and Tomas O Dowd and Irene Walsh (pic 2) handout free mini-bike lights to cyclists.

FIGHT!

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Meanwhile…

44 thoughts on “And He Saw That The Light Was Good

    1. Vote Rep #1

      says the man so stupid as to admit to being a terrible dangerous driver when complaining previously about cyclists.

    2. Paddy at the Howth Summit

      This cycling campaign is one of the most pedestrian hostile groups I have ever met. Stop and ask them a question without having a bike stuck between your legs.

      And check out the location – appealing to the Dublin Silicon Docks loaded tech set who can afford lights and a bike yet insist on hogging all the Dublin Bikes.

      Stasi stabiliser hell.

      1. Gimme Shelter

        I thought you were describing the group as ‘pedestrian’ when I read that first Paddy, I thought you were being oh so clever. Then I realised how wrong I was.

        1. Paddy at the Howth Summit

          In the words of Sean Mac Réamoinn, the only time to use the adjective pedestrian is to describe a croissant.

  1. GoddessDurga

    Think drivers, too busy checking their Facebook ‘likes’ on their phones to see people riding their bikes in any case.

  2. Paps

    This lights are completely ineffective and actually Illegal by the standards set out in the RTA.

    You’d be better off giving a subsidy to decent lights, or having them available there and then to buy. Perhaps with a member of AGS to impose the threat of a fine or allow them with a caution if they buy a suitable set of lights.

    1. edalicious

      I don’t know if those rules aren’t completely outdated with the advent of modern powerful led lights. And they aren’t completely ineffective, especially when compared with someone having no lights at all.

    2. ReproBertie

      They may be ineffective in lighting the route but they are hardly ineffective in making the bicycle more visible to other road users.

      They are certainly not illegal Paps but they do not meet the standards set out in the RTA section 29.4.b. i.e. “have an illuminated area of at least 2 square inches and of such a shape that a circle of 1 inch in diameter may be inscribed therein”.
      This, of course, doesn’t mean they can’t be used but it does mean that an additional rear light would be needed to meet the RTA requirements.

    3. GoddessDurga

      The clue is in the word “spare”. These are spare lights, to use when your bike light unexpectedly runs out of battery, or when some little bowsey fecks your light.

    4. Paddy at the Howth Summit

      The Bike 4 Work scheme covers lights. That scheme should be stopped and the monies used for more worthy causes. It’s a complete joke.

  3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Some of them are TOO powerful. Sometimes I’m cycling behind some bozo with his SLASH her lights flashing and it’s quite distracting.

    ps I’m NOT posting too quickly. YOU slow down.
    Grrr.

      1. ReproBertie

        Not as irritating as being knocked off your bike and having some fool tell you “I didn’t see you” as if that makes it all OK.

        1. rotide

          I was talking about the comments thing.

          But if you’re knocked off your bike because you didn’t have a light on it at nighttime, you might be open to some victimblaming

          1. Gimme Shelter

            @ moyest – basically its because their equipment doesn’t function properly
            if you know what I mean

        2. ReproBertie

          My mistake Rotide.

          (I tried posting this already but was told I was posting too quickly.)

          Anyone who cycles at night without a light is an idiot. That doesn’t make them a legitimate target though and the onus is still on the motorist to watch for other road users irrespective of how hard they make it to spot them.

    1. spudnick

      The lads with flashing POW camp searchlights need a slap. You know they’re thinking ‘I’M SO AMAZING’ when in fact they’re worse than ninja cyclists.

    1. rotide

      just yesterday I was walking home trying for the life of me to remember the name of that thing that went on your bike and powered the lights.

      Thank you Harry, you’re a good man.

  4. mildred st. meadowlark

    Can ye explain why it takes me FIVE goes to get a fupping comment posted these days lads?

    It’s supremely frustrating, and I miss out on all the best fights.

    1. rotide

      It’s what i was commenting on above Mildred, it’s SO ANNOYING.

      Bodger, when you go to post a comment, you get the ‘You are posting too quickly, slow down’ message
      Only since the edit reply thing was rolled back.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        I don’t even get that message. Sometimes nothing happens. The comment just won’t post. Other times it boots me out of the app altogether.

        And yes, Rotide, I agree it’s SO very very annoying. Hence the lack of activity from me lately. I don’t have the time to do battle with an app.

  5. Paddy at the Howth Summit

    In fairness if you collect enough of them they’ll look grand decorating the entirely of that house in Crumlin at Crimbo.

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