‘Within A Whisker’

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Simon Judge tweetz:

Sick and tired of near misses from reckless taxi drivers in #Dublin – this guy came within a whisker of hitting me on Nassau St then got super aggressive when I called him on it at the next red light.

UPDATE:

Anyone?

Free the lanes.

38 thoughts on “‘Within A Whisker’

  1. phil

    No point reporting road traffic offences to the Regulator , they will tell you thats a matter for the Gardai. The Gardai have a soft spot for Taxi drivers as they often provide the Gardai with information ..

    1. Jackdaw

      The Gardai have a soft spot for Taximen?????
      I’ve heard it all now. If it’s not reported it didn’t happen. Stop being a knob a go to the Garda station

  2. Dhaughton99

    Same here today. One rides my hole through James’s because I dared to pass him along the Luas line and another tried to force me into barriers outside Trinity because I passed him.
    Next one who tries it, his mirror is meeting my ulock.

  3. Nelly the Elephant

    I’ve been knocked diwn crossing the road by two cyclists who were going the wrong way on a one-way street.

    – One incident. They came from my blind side.

    The first girl knocked me over, her boyfriend ran over my left leg and arm.
    They accelerated and left me on the ground.
    I was sober at the time.

    I’m not making this up.
    It was last Monday. True story.

    1. Hansel

      Were they national mountain bike champions or something?
      That’s some going: one knocked you without falling off, and the other managed to cycle over your arm and leg without falling off… and both ACCELERATED?

      I’m not questioning your account of the incident, I’m just saying that required some serious control, power and determination, on their part. I couldn’t imagine being able to do that in my car, let alone on my bike tbh.

    2. Brother Barnabas

      “I’m not making this up…”

      that’s what my 5 year old says when he’s, eh, making stuff up – and he’s worse than me for making stuff up. and you’re worse than us both.

    3. Nelly the Elephant

      It happened in Dublin city centre, in the early hours of the morning.
      On a one-way street at 05:10/05:15am or thereabouts, I think.

      So what if I had a few drinks on me?
      – they were still going the wrong way on a one way street.

      They were wrong.

      I could’ve died.

      1. Jax Beach

        I thought you said you were sober. Then you’ve had a few drinks. Next thing they’re not cyclists but swans. They can break your arm you know.

        1. Termagant

          My mate John once got in a fight with some swans in UCD, didn’t go well for him at all

        1. Nelly the Elephant

          If I was ‘memes’ would I be able to do this?
          ¿sᴉɥʇ op oʇ ǝlqɐ ǝq I plnoM

          I don’t know what you’re on about.
          This is my first day here.
          I live in New Zealand but I type in an Australian accent.
          Is that the problem?

      2. Nelly the Elephant

        There could’ve been swans involved.
        When I regained consciousness everyone was gone, so I’m not ruling them out.
        I wouldn’t put it past them.

        I hate swans and they hate me, but that’s a different story for a different day.
        – can we not concentrate on the cyclists for now?

        Did I say I was sober?
        Really?

        I must’ve been drunk.

        One at a time, etc.

  4. Spud

    Worth investing in a helmet cam or similar.
    At least then you could go to the guards with evidence and report it.

    1. Nelly the Elephant

      Thank you Spud for your response.
      It will be kept on file.

      In the meantime…
      My point is that TOO MANY cyclists DO NOT obey the Rules of the Road.
      You know it’s true.
      I don’t need to buy a camera to prove it to you.

          1. Nelly the Elephant

            Relax goobley.
            I know what you meant.

            I know what people like you say.
            I know it’s upsetting when it gets censored.

            At least you tried, and that’s what matters.
            Try again.

      1. Rep

        Its great that in a piece about drivers being rude on the road, there is ALWAYS someone who pipes up with ” but cyclists..”

        1. Nelly the Elephant

          “But cyclists….”
          – said every bus driver and truck driver EVER.

          They ought to need a license before they (get) hit (on) the roads.
          But they don’t.

          1. Con Kennedy

            You’ll find cyclists who are members of a club are licenced… And 90% of which are also licenced for a motor vehicle

  5. A Person

    I’m both a driver and a cyclist. Cannot understand why the latter at so out raged up the time.

      1. Nelly the Elephant

        Will nobody think of the pedestrians?
        (No, they won’t!)

        If cyclists can’t go the wrong way up a one-way street they’ll just use the pavement.
        It comes natural to them.

        I suppose we should just accept it.

        1. millie st murderlark

          When I worked in Dublin, it used to do my head in actually. I had more run-ins as a pedestrian with cyclists breaking red lights or cycling down one way streets than motorists.

          Taking them to task by shouting obscenities at them never really seemed to do the trick.

  6. Nelly the Elephant

    Will nobody think of the pedestrians?
    (No, they won’t!)

    When cyclists can’t go the wrong way up a one-way street they’ll use the pavement.
    It comes natural to them.
    .. and we don’t need that.

    I suppose we should just accept it as it is.

  7. Nelly the Elephant

    Will nobody think of the pedestrians?
    (No, they won’t!)

    When cyclists can’t go the wrong way up a one-way street they use the pavement.
    It comes natural to them.

    I suppose we should just accept it.
    It’s not like they care about anyone else, is it?

    Victims of their own hyprocicy.
    Get a bike, join the gang… feel superior… it’s easy…

  8. Nelly the Elephant

    I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that half the bicycle riders in Dublin never saw a traffic-light until they were in their teens, and half of them are afraid to ask how they work for fear of looking stupid.

    Think about it.

    1. Nelly the Elephant

      We need more roundabouts.
      We need more bicycle lanes.

      We need better public transport, wider footpaths and more pedestrians.
      You know it’s true.

  9. Nelly the Elephant

    Let’s be serious for a moment…

    I was chatting to a bloke at a Luas stop a couple of weeks ago.
    He told of a German city I cant remember the name of where you could do physical exercise in front of the ticket dispenser and not have to pay for your ticket.
    Nothing too stressful. Just enough to prove you were kinda fit.
    After that your ticket was free.

    Yeah.
    I know it sounds crazy.

    But does it?

  10. Liam Deliverance

    Many taxi drivers in Dublin practice atrocious driving skills. I don’t know whether it is ignorance, laziness or stupidity or perhaps a combination of all three. There are a few old school taxi drivers out there that still take pride in their car, appearance, driving skill and their profession but they are few and far between, no offense to that rare few. The rest of them don’t give a dam and will happily run you off the road in their pursuit of the next fare. The only thing that will change that is AGS, lobby them if you want change otherwise give taxi drivers a wide berth if you can, the definitive Me Feiners.

  11. Nelly the Elephant

    You’re damn right Liam.

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, from their own perspective,
    but at the end of the day…
    Pedestrians Rule OK!

    It’s hard to take a step back when you’re concentrated on getting ahead of someone you’ll NEVER see again.
    The satisfaction anyone might get from seeing someone in their back-mirror is nothing compared to having a casual chat with someone you never knew before on the bus.
    It puts you in a better mood for the day.

    Try it.
    It’s incredible.

    Only losers dont take the bus.

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