Two cyclists crash under a bridge
By - mrman08
That does not look like water I’d enjoy falling into.
Not that big a deal. Canal water is fairly gross but in the UK it gets tested for weil’s disease and contaminates *I think. I go kayaking on the canals and there are clubs for that etc. Kids fall in all the time when canoeing. Just don’t drink it or touch the bottom where the guns, knives and unexploded WW2 bombs are.
Damnit I've been found. Where else am I supposed to store my guns, knives, and unexploded WW2 bombs then?
Well not there. Magnet fishing is a real pastime for some people now, though the police discourage it on account of the above. Too many call outs to bomb disposal. Even grenades found etc.
God forbid someone clean the fucking river of FUCKING BOMBS AND GRENADES. Lmao
Especially considering when the water level gets low, it's not unusual for narrowboats and their propellers to scrape the bottom, can you imagine that 1 in a billion Sunday afternoon
I mean, that would make for one hell of a bloody good story in the pub.
And isn’t that like the main reason the brits tried to take over the world?
I’ll be honest, I am not too familiar with British culture or history, but I am fairly sure that that is their main motivation for anything.
"And that was how I pulled off a forward flip in my boat..."
Well yeah, but Joe Bloggs goes down on a Saturday afternoon when the emergency services are stretched because Millwall fans are kicking off and then pulls out a juicy bomb from the canal in a densely populated area near the football stadium or whatever and you’ve got chaos. You could argue that it would be best undisturbed or left underwater where an explosion would be dampened. Personally I don’t care and I can see the *attraction* of magnet fishing.
I've went magnet fishing and it is a lot of fun, even catching junk! I'm all for it, of course want people to be safe, but leaving things alone for someone to eventually possibly trigger in the public doesn't sound ideal lol
Bold of you to assume that this is water
Its a canal of lubrication for dogging up and down the nation.
Too early for this reddit
Not in that nation.
They need to learn to yell “corner”. Clearly neither of them has worked in a restaurant!
In all seriousness, i walk my dog on a busy stretch of road and im one bicyclist brushing my elbow away from clotheslining motherfuckers. No one can hear bikes coming up behind them and none of them have bells or think to shout.
It's high time we made adults ride their bikes with little noise makers! Cops will give you two options: stick the playing cards in your spokes, or go straight to jail.
You joke, but bicycle bells are actually mandatory on bikes in The Netherlands, along with a few other safety features, such as a working front light and at least a rear reflector. You can get fined for not having those, although there's not a lot of enforcement for it, only the occasional checks, mostly in cities.
Fuck this. Its a bell, one ding, 15 feet away, slow the fuck down if its tight.
I always bell. I usually have music playing louder than the bell anyway so everyone knows I'm coming.
Oh and I also slow down enough to not be a danger to the pedestrian.
I was riding my bike early yesterday morning when I was coming up to an older couple strolling along, backs to me. It was a very wide multi use pathway and they were taking the entire width. I calmly called "on your left" and they both nearly dove into the bushes they were so startled. All the old guy had to do was move about a foot over and I would have been fine. I didn't know whether to laugh or feel bad.
this guy canals
Canal of lubrication sounds like some nasty level in a bad spin off of dark souls
Nah it's the title of my future debut goth metal album
Norwegian bike metal
In case anyone else, like myself, didn't know what dogging was, here's a [blog with a nice explanation](https://tmp882751333wordpresscom.wordpress.com/2019/04/20/what-you-need-for-a-dogging-outing/). I love the stock image they chose for this.
Is this a new Californication lyric?
Lets have Guy LeDuche ask them!
DON’T GET ELIMINATED!
I remember one where he’s interviewing a chick who said something like she likes to beat guys up and cut there balls off or something, and Guy just responded with “Oh, do you want to have coffee?”
Right you are, Ken!
*next up we have Babaghanoush on the see saw*
Hahaha I love how a good 50% of the contestants were supposedly named Heyduk Babaghanoush it seemed like
Bart, be quiet.
Lisa, drink the water.
I AM THE LIZARD QUEEN
Looks more like sewage.
I mean some water is probably dilluted in that
Looks like regents canal... in the last year I’ve seen two dead foxes and plenty of shite floating in there :)
Towards Camden Town? Yeah, I was wondering if that was it.
Also, fuck no to taking a dip there. That's just vile.
I’m pretty sure they found a human torso in it a while back too.
Tell me it had a sweater-vest on
That depends. Do enjoy the taste of giardia?
Sure, I like her cooking show!
Only on my Italian Beef sandwiches
thats the worst thing about giardia....you cant taste it....
Gave each other a Glasgow kith
Helmets ruined the fun
Give each other a Glasgow coma scale
My great uncle invented this
Every time I hear that phrase, I think of that little boy going off
do you mean this girl or is there another video i need to see?
And THAT’S how I met your dad
In the river of pith
Now surgically remove Ted's teeth from Chad's face
Hi Mike Tyson
“Everyone has a plan till they get slapped in the mouth. “
I’ll take my half of the road in the middle
Exactly. My husband is an experienced cyclist and he had an unfortunate encounter with some jerk riding on the wrong side of the trail. They nearly collided and the guy yelled at my husband (who was on the correct side) and screamed at him that he was being dangerous. I guess my husband had noticed this guy when he passed him the first time on the trail and he flatly told the guy that HE was on the wrong side and of course instead of taking that under consideration continued to yell at my husband who just rode off instead of arguing with an idiot.
Man I’ve almost come head on with other cyclists cuz they’re so distracted by cycling next to their friends that they don’t at all pay attention to the road. They always end up in my lane and see me at the last minute, even when I’ve had my lights set to rapid blink. I mean if you’re absolutely going to do that, you’ve gotta watch the road
That happened on the trails around me a lot last year. I assume it was people who where new to biking due to the pandemic. There were groups that would ride 3 abrest rather than single file and would take up the whole trail. The situation this year seems better but I am still careful at blind bends.
I stopped riding the trails last year because it was too dangerous. I used surface streets for my exercise loop all last year. It was safer. I'm back to the trails now. Things seem calmer.
For me, the usual trail back home has gotten considerably busier. I couldn’t believe that there were actual traffic jams on the path. One of those reasons were due to three assholes just hanging out in the middle of the opposing lane giving no fucks about being in anyone’s way. They were literally standing in the middle of the opposite lane just hangin out.
I notice cyclists in groups are often way less safe, both intentionally and unintentionally. Sometimes they just seem to think they own the road and will ride five-abreast. Other times they are just way more spread out paying less attention to passing traffic.
It kind of reminds me of when teenagers walk down the sidewalk in a giant clump; they lose all spatial awareness.
Lone cyclists seem to be way more careful in my rural area.
Same thing happens with motorcyclists in group rides...way more accidents because they're focused on other riders, keeping up, etc.
Gosh I really hate it how people clog of bike lanes because they HAVE to ride side by side for a chat.
The city I used to bike commute in had pretty shabby cycling infrastructure- only a few major bike routes, inconsistently placed around the city center. The amount of pedestrians who would just blindly step out in the lane was infuriating and really frightening.
The city I live in has a lot of amazing cycling infrastructure - which is great! - but so many people just have no idea how to share the trail that it can be straight up dangerous. The worst are the ebike riders who want to go twice as fast as everyone else and make the craziest passes. Sometimes I just take the road because the bike lane is too much of a shit show.
Maybe slow down as well when going round a blind corner. Could easily be pedestrians and kids there.
But I guess cars are asshats to cyclist so cyclist have to be asshats to pedestrians. Just glad it's two cyclist in this case.
This is more important that "my side of the path". That was a narrow path. Camera guy was going way too fast. He deserved to be the one in the water. Just my opinion tho. The other guy should have stopped also, and moved over vut it was too narrow for both of them anyway.
Trails in my city have blind curves under bridges just like these. They have signs posted saying "Dismount bike and walk" to avoid this kind of madness.
I admit I don't dismount, but I do slow down to 2 or 3 mph and ring my bell like mad.
Exactly, I am a cyclist but I often think "Better slow down here as I might murder some old lady if I crash into her on the other side of this corner"
No amount of lateness to work is worth being careless and injuring someone and/or yourself
Asshattery transcends the means of transportation, unfortunately
Just go to the Netherlands, bicycles reign supreme. WE HAVE PRIORITY.
g e k o l o n i s e e r d
I wonder if there's an "idiots on bikes" subreddit...
Was probably aiming for the trail/path that the camera was coming down off of which was only wide enough for one person.
My wife likes to do this with the bed.
With that turn there I feel like it might be difficult for them to be close to either the wall or the canal
"must dismount" and general etiquette when coming to a corner, slow down, ring a bell etc..
Why? because otherwise this happens :D lol
They dismounted. Just not until after the collision.
Perfect example of stubbornness and the consequences thereof. Both had time to react and neither even tried to move to the side, they both just stayed in the middle.
I would say this is more of an example of target fixation than stubbornness. I ride motorcycles and the general rule is you will go where you are looking. These guys were looking longingly into each others eyes before bumping noggins.
“Why do people dislike cyclists”
I think this is a pretty classic case of two people just not thinking about what's 5-10 seconds ahead of them. And then by the time their brains flipped the switch to do something it was to late.
I mean, we have all walked around a corner and either bumped or almost bumped into someone at some point.
And I'm sure you can think of times where you can be critical of your own driving.
When you are walking, cycling, driving, on a scooter or board a blind corner can be a potentially hazardous situation. Approach with the intent that you may need to emergency brake. Otherwise you risk getting caught off guard and you freeze instead of act.
Hitting the water sucks, but it's a bit less painful than cement. And at least it was 2 cyclists who both made the same error rather than an older person or younger kid that got hit.
Frankly, depending on the context of the day and based on that water,
I might rather hit the cement.
This seems like a very shitty corner to ride through in the first place. If I had to, I would not necessarily dismount but definitely go as slow as walking speed. Speeding that would give me a heart attack already without somebody crossing my way.
One of them rang a bell, speed could have been a little slower.
He rang his bell with the timing of drivers who use a turn signal when they're already halfway into my lane.
They didn't even try to avoid each other lol. They didn't even fuckin break eye contact for fucksakes.
Look at Kanye over here, thinking he has lightning reflexes.
Obviously the drunken Kanye would have kickflipped his bike over the other dude and landed perfectly.
For real though, what else could they do? Even if they both slammed the brakes, they would probably still hit eachother. At least the other dude rang his bell.
They're both idiots for riding through that turn, but the video taker definitely deserves to be thrown into the water due to how fast he was taking a blind turn on a (I'm assuming) frequently used bike path.
Just because braking doesn't completely prevent the accident, doesn't mean you should just not brake at all. "Oh look a guy stepped right in front of my car! Well, since I can't avoid hitting him, I won't even bother braking."
Seriously, hitting another cyclist is not fun. It hurts and can damage your bike (I once bent my wheel that way), so why didn't the guy we're watching even *try* to lessen his speed?
As if cyclists care. I'm strangely glad this was two cyclists rather than one of them crashing into a pedestrian.
There's two kinds of cyclists. The ones that use a bell or their voice and the kind that treats every trip as a Tour De France qualifying round. The clothing is a dead giveaway. The first type can't stand the second type.
As just a person who rents bikes on vacation and goes on tourist trails, I'm still surprised I get the most perplexed looks from people when I say "On your left" while passing. And some of those looks are friends or family I'm riding with.
Same, I used to believe that it's common courtesy to say that while passing but now I only say it if the person knows I'm right behind them or if they're weaving. Otherwise I always get the look as if they're about to be pounced on by a lion.
As someone who always looks scared when someone says it: I appreciate people doing that, but it always startles me because I usually completely zone out when cycling
I appreciate it but it always startles me. I wonder if they could do it differently. Like maybe farther out? And call it out slower…on…your…leffftttt.
I actually stopped doing tht because people would inevitably move to their left and make things worse. Now I just say "excuse me" loudly
In the rare times the pedestrians are even able to hear you - these days seems like most of the people walking the trails have airpods in and are in their own world.
Walking down the centre of the trail with like 15 people and three dogs off leash.
And one is soaked as the other gently gives him a hand.
Good karma here tho, the one who stayed dry rang his bell, the other guy didn't
Yeah but the water is a lot softer to fall into then that wall. Hopefully the guy who stayed dry stayed upright for the most part.
**How I met your Father**
It is customary to wait until the third date to ring a man's bell.
Brakes? What brakes?
What I was gonna say. The other dude had like no conception there was another guy coming towards him. I mean.. look at the dudes face. That’s not the face of, “Damn, we about to smash faces”.
That can happen if you're riding in the bright sun then move into heavy shade under a bridge. It takes a couple seconds for your eyes to adjust, at which point you've just had a head-on collision.
Taking head on collision to a literal level
APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD
It's an older meme sir, but it checks out.
That fucking commercial...
Genius marketing. I haven't seen it in like 15 years and your comment made it instantly re-appear in my head.
HEAD ON! APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD! HEAD ON! APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD! HEAD ON! APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD! HEAD ON! Available at Walgreens.
On the other hand, if you have any experience riding bikes, especially riding them relatively fast, you do develop a reflex for these things.
Anything startling or unexpected in your path? Brakes go on *immediately*. Especially if you are riding in a bad lights situation and cannot see very well. You can figure out what it was and whether you really had to brake after you have slowed down.
yep, there are a couple of spots like that where i live. Always worried this will happen so i try and stick extra close to the side when going around, give my bell a quick ring and slow down.
You really are almost completely blind for that 0.5 second between bright sun and dark underpass.
It looks like he’s gripping the rear brake pretty good. He definitely saw it coming, they both just didn’t have enough time to avoid it.
This is why you learn to use your front brake. That’s the only one that will actually stop you in time for an emergency. Get in the habit of using it *now*, and you won’t flip yourself over the handlebars in an actual emergency.
Actually, now looking back. He does start to swerve a bit, but realizes it’s inevitable lol.
There's many canals like that in the UK. The unwritten rule on this kind of narrow passing under the bridge is to ring a bell before you enter. None of them did that.
"The other is clearly in the wrong and will brake any moment now. Any moment now...."
Dude looked him straight in the eye while putting him in the drink.
His oblivious look made the whole thing so much funnier
I hope they kissed.
The broken teeth were worth it for true love
Both ignoring the canal signs of 'all cyclists must dismount'...
Not all canals have dismount signs. It is perfectly legal to cycle by the Union Canal (in Edinburgh, anyway) however it is both common courtesy and common sense to slow down and make your presence known at narrow parts with blind corners.
Yep, regularly use the Union canal either alone or with my daughter. Takes no time at all to slow down and ring your bell prior to going under the bridge, something I'm teaching her - how to be a responsible cyclist and be aware of surroundings and others.
I have had plenty of narrow misses with other cyclists who either ignore me ringing or have headphones in and can't hear, pisses me right off.
One of them does ring their bell, way too late though
I didnt even know this was a thing.
Common sense? Aye, it's surprisingly rare nowadays.
My Common Sense is tingling.
It's weird how a lot of people need a sign to do the smart/courteous thing. Even if only for self-preservation.
I ride a route with a very similar section quite frequently. Everyone always rings their bell when coming up to it to alert anyone on the other side that they can't see. These guys are probably not regulars on this route.
But they’re just for the other cyclists! /s
If everybody else does it I dont need to do it! /s
Cyclists? Ignoring signs and traffic control laws? I am shocked. Shocked!
What sign? I see no sign here, and the canals around me definitely don't have them, with bikes being fully allowed.
I cycle the local canals at least every week. Bikes are allowed, the canal and river trust erect signs around bridges and other impediments that cyclists must dismount
All part of the signage on British canals
First, fuck the Sun, and double-fuck Rupert Murdoch.
This looks a lot like a canal towpath. The bylaws usually state that cyclists are required to dismount under bridges, precisely to stop this (or a pedestrian) from happening.
As a cyclist that uses the towpath, I get verbal abuse from other cyclists when I dismount to pass through bridges. It pisses me off enormously and plays right into the arguments that 'cyclists jump red lights / ride on pavements / don't pay road tax', and it's completely unnecessary.
There's signs, placed by the Canal and River Trust, stating that cyclists should dismount under bridges. I've seen, in several years, only one cyclist (other than myself) do so.
Drives me nuts. These two guys just taught each other a lesson, and very much earned what happened to them.
Buy it for a penny and close it down.
Are bridges usually labeled like that, or is it just something everyone knows? This certainly feels like something that could have happened on the towpath near my mom's in Oxford, but I don't recall seeing signs (and Google Street View seems to back me up), nor do I ever recall seeing anyone dismount or give warning (of course the towpath was also straight enough that you could see people/bikes coming).
Canal and river trust owned canals near me all have these signs every few bridges. Pedestrians have right of way on the towpaths, but a significant proportion of cyclists I see presume they have priority.
Can someone PLEASE edit this so the music is red hot chili peppers under the bridge? Please?
*Sometimes I feel like I don't have a partner...*
Boom, you lookin' for this?
*...is where I drew some blood"
And then the Boom happens
*under the bridge downtown...*Crash*...is where I drew some blood
#I threeew my bike awaaaaaaaaay!
Let's just be thankful it didn't have that "oh no no no no" song dubbed over the top
Looks like love at first smash
Obligatory fuck the S\*n.
Arseholes got what they deserved. I commute to work on my bike, part of it on a shared pedestrian/cycle path, and I see cyclists flying round blind corners like this every day. You should always be able to stop half as far as you can see.
It's kinda funny in this particular example, so unfortunately people just don't seem to grasp how serious it is. Imagine if it was an elderly person with limited mobility coming round that corner, or a parent with a pushchair? That cyclist would probably be in a cell now.
This looks like the Regents Canal near me. I’m a cyclist and commute to work on a bike. Those that use this canal towpath are the absolute worst. Pedestrians have right of way but they still bomb along this path and some (a minority but a sizeable one) ping you to get out the way. Infuriating
It's really not wide enough to be shared use. It's a recipe for disaster.
But also... I really don't understand why the lycra-clad road bike crowd would use such a path? Roads are much more suited to their needs, and traffic lights wouldn't really slow them down as the sorts of cyclists who do this aren't going to stop at a red light.
Same - I enjoy riding on the roads. It is slower on the tow path and I’d be so on edge
I have to imagine a certain number of cyclists that make a habit of "pinging" pedestrians end up getting shoved into canals, no?
I admittedly performed a rolling stop in a residential area the other day.
At the same time, a fellow on a cyclist was blowing through the stop sign like a heat seeker, giving me the finger for rolling stopping, and shouting something about being safe on the road, because he’s “trying to fucking ride here”.
Was he on their shoulders, or was it more of a plank and mount situation?
Those are the kind of bikers that ruin it for everyone else
I've fallen into a very similar canal. Not a good experience
People actually die from falling into canals not infrequently. Either from drowning, because although they usually aren't that deep, they're really cold. Or from bacterial infections afterwards because they are dirty as fuck.
I like how they don't even talk to each other, just grunts of physical exertion.
Why i always try to do the outside inside rule when approaching turns
Power through a blind corner and don’t ring your bell?
Thats gonna be a bad bath.
fuck the sun
SHARE THE CANAL
Had to downvote it only because of the news outlets logo. The s*n.
Simple. Simple but effective.
Yeah....you might want to get vaccinated against everything after a dunk in that water.
They should place a mirror on the other side of the river
You may kiss the ride.
Sometimes I feel like I don’t have a partner.
Now their bodies have been interchanged
is that in London? That's where I learned to ride the bicycle on canal-sides just like this and this exact scenario was my biggest fear during the whole time
Stop looking at the ducks in the canal and slow down under bridges
As someone who walks on these types of paths daily with my dog, serves them right for going so fast!
I feel like either of them had enough time to react to avoid the crash, but both had the cyclist mentality of "I'm not the one moving, you better move."
It seriously looked like they ran into each other face first. That much of a total lack of reaction is mind boggling
100% came to say this.....either that or they were both so unskilled at riding a bicycle that they should think about their choice of hobbies.
I was really hoping to see a shadowy glimpse of Pennywise for a second under there
He leaned in for a kiss, I saw it, that was his plan all along!
It’s like they just gave up and accepted their fate LOL
On the offense and defense Personal Foul, Helmet to Helmet, these penalties offset. Replay first down
That bell sound came late
I like how they have a 3 second stare of acceptance as they embraced each other
Not a single brake lever was pulled that day ...
No innocents got hurt
That groan was totally where they pulled the “tranqued soldier” sound on Metal Gear Solid 2
Head On! Apply directly to forehead
They didn’t even try to avoid that lol
Sweet sweet justice
Going too fast for such a small path.
They both zigged! You gotta zig-zag.
Why would you ever go full speed through that anyway??