Psamathe wrote:I suspect as with so many things it can come down to individuals
you get considerate and inconsiderate cyclists, drivers, horse riders, motorcyclists, bus drivers, pedestrians, etc.
And I firmly believe the roads should be available for as many different activities as possible (i.e. not for the exclusive use of any one group).
[XAP]Bob wrote:Si wrote:They serve no purpose other than for sport or racing.
Oh the irony of a cyclist asking this
How many people use a horse as regular transport? I've never seen one tied up outside a supermarket, whereas I often see bikes tied up there.
Si wrote:As for tied up outside a supermarket...dunno, but I bet there is still a good few packaged up inside
In reality people ride horses to increase their social, mental and physical health, helps them engage with the environment around them in a much more direct way, and because it's a lot of fun. The use of horses also supports conservation (i.e. it's green). There is also a thriving economy based upon horse use. None of this has to be based on sport or racing. Now, as you can easily substitute 'bike' for 'horse' here, I do find it ironic that a cyclist should consider horses only good for racing and sport.
As for tied up outside a supermarket...dunno, but I bet there is still a good few packaged up inside
I occasionally pass a family jogging along in a pony-and-trap, along some of the quieter lanes in our neighbourhood. To my mind a most civilised way of getting around - almost as civilised as cycling that is! Never seen them parked up outside the supermarket, not yet, but maybe the day will come![XAP]Bob wrote:How many people use a horse as regular transport? I've never seen one tied up outside a supermarket, whereas I often see bikes tied up there.
Of course, over in France, no need for all this subterfuge, pretending they're beefburgers and all that stuff. In our local Leclerc over there, the section of the meat counter labelled "cheval" is plain for all to see...Si wrote:As for tied up outside a supermarket...dunno, but I bet there is still a good few packaged up inside
Mick F wrote:I was off on a ride this morning, and whizzing along the lanes.
On one part, narrow, but just wide enough for cars to pass each other, I saw a horse and rider coming towards me.
I mind immediately went to this thread! Funny how the forum get to you like that.
I stood my ground, noted my speed (17.5mph) and carried on cheerfully. The horse walked briskly and the ride sat tall in the saddle.
We passed. I didn't slow down, and as I whizzed past I called out a cheery "Good morning!".
The lady rider smiled and replied equally cheerily. The horse remained silent on the matter but never broke step.
That's the way it should be.
I will always remember in my IAM test, during my commentary I mentioned the need to take care approaching a horse on the brow of the hill which seemed to "have a few problems with reverse". I thought my comment was both good observation, and quite funny, but there was no reaction at all from the examiner.
[XAP]Bob wrote:We are no more obliged to dismount than they are, although I give a very wide berth - horses and 'bents don't mix well generally.