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Re: Its gone crazy or is it just catching up on us?
« Reply #40 on: April 05, 2013, 10:51:15 am »
Baie waar Welsh

Dink daars 2 belangrike aspekte wat daartoe bydrae; Daars baie meer bikers op die pad as bv 10jaar trug & tweedens dink ek daar's teveel cage drivers wat nie meer die basics van K53 toepas nie...eg. indicate & checking blindspot before changing lanes.

Anyways, seker mens kan diť lys baie lank maak. Ry versigtig ouens & dink maar vir die vaak-vis op die pad ook.
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Re: Its gone crazy or is it just catching up on us?
« Reply #41 on: April 05, 2013, 11:27:18 am »
Time was that your ordinary cage driver couldn't give a biker much hassle, because the bike was quick while his cage was gutless. These days even the poor mans car has a lot more grunt, so the driver tends to be more aggressive, just because he can, and he's bigger, harder, and might is right.
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Re: Its gone crazy or is it just catching up on us?
« Reply #42 on: April 05, 2013, 11:27:53 am »
check this relevant article on N24.... the guy spells it out nicely. i see it every day, and i commute only 10km to work and back....  :dousing:

"South Africa weighs in with an official 14 000 road deaths a year - some sources put the figure as high as 20 000 through inaccurate data recording."

http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/UGC/Road-slaughter-When-will-it-stop-20130403
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Re: Its gone crazy or is it just catching up on us?
« Reply #43 on: April 05, 2013, 11:28:38 am »
Eerie - I just saw the thread about How Wilddogs started and on the 1st two pages there's posts by Watty, Beemerman and Malgat - all not with us anymore.

I know they have all been taken by other (non biking) circumstances - but it kinda made me stop a bit and give a think to our own fleeting mortality (and fragility).

Back on topic W - it also seems to me like we are hearing more and more about these things the past couple of months.


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Re: Its gone crazy or is it just catching up on us?
« Reply #44 on: April 05, 2013, 12:16:53 pm »
Greer, that's exactly what I'm talking about.  I'm paranoid of green lights nowadays.  I mean, traffic rules install some sense of trust, trust that if my light is green you will stop for your red light. Well that sense of trust is gone.
Call me names and spiteful but this is one of the reasons why we moved to a one horse town with about 9 stop streets and not a single traffic light.
In fact 9kmís away from it and even when we go there, people actually stop at them.
I dealt with Jozi, CT and Pta commuting and this type of madness for long enough thank you very please.
Thankfully we survived it in one piece after countless near misses as described by many above that happened on a daily basis.
Sure thereís the issue of making a living, not enjoying certain luxuries and not being able to buy a new bike ever so often but Iím sooo happy, way more chilled, actually have some nails at the ends of my fingers and donít fly off the handle for the slightest reason no more.
De-urbanise people, get the &^$%#@! out of those big cities and come live the simple life in an environment where people do still actually care about their neighbours and you can live to tell the tale.


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