Cycling maniac closes Blackwall Tunnel

Cycling maniac closes Blackwall Tunnel

Cycling maniac closes Blackwall Tunnel

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A cyclist with more wheels than brain-cells closed the Blackwall Tunnel this afternoon after trying to ride through it.

Transport for London said the cyclist's idiotic antics led to the closure of the tunnel southbound.

The tunnel has now reopened, although some residual queues remain on approach.

Although Blackwall Tunnel is only open to motor vehicles but that has not stopped cyclists and even pedestrians trying to use it in the past.

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3:42pm Thu 26 Jun 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

I see there is a fine for running out of petrol in the tunnel - an act that is unintentional, but causes disruption.

What is the fine for riding a bike through please ?

Just another example of broken Britain.
I see there is a fine for running out of petrol in the tunnel - an act that is unintentional, but causes disruption. What is the fine for riding a bike through please ? Just another example of broken Britain. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 40

3:55pm Thu 26 Jun 14

reasonable75 says...

But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault

Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc
But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc reasonable75
  • Score: -19

4:06pm Thu 26 Jun 14

The Fozziest of Bears says...

reasonable75 wrote:
But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault

Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc
Yes, it's their fault - but it UNINTENTIONAL. Nobody runs out of petrol in a tunnel on purpose.

The cyclist INTENTIONALLY rode through the tunnel.

You are not correct about them being above the law - earlier this year hundreds of cyclists were prosecuted by the Met when they had the "Safety at Junctions" awareness week.
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc[/p][/quote]Yes, it's their fault - but it UNINTENTIONAL. Nobody runs out of petrol in a tunnel on purpose. The cyclist INTENTIONALLY rode through the tunnel. You are not correct about them being above the law - earlier this year hundreds of cyclists were prosecuted by the Met when they had the "Safety at Junctions" awareness week. The Fozziest of Bears
  • Score: 36

4:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Marty1979 says...

reasonable75 wrote:
But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault

Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc
You cant say that - just wait from the storm of protests
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc[/p][/quote]You cant say that - just wait from the storm of protests Marty1979
  • Score: -16

4:31pm Thu 26 Jun 14

reasonable75 says...

Did they catch him/her?

That's the problem with bikes - there's no number plate so impossible to trace
Did they catch him/her? That's the problem with bikes - there's no number plate so impossible to trace reasonable75
  • Score: -11

6:44pm Thu 26 Jun 14

danm5577 says...

They don't take notice of red traffic lights so they sure as hell wont take notice of a sign!
They don't take notice of red traffic lights so they sure as hell wont take notice of a sign! danm5577
  • Score: -9

8:55pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Harold_Monk says...

Those idiotic spandex shorts were clearly crushing the mans brain...
Those idiotic spandex shorts were clearly crushing the mans brain... Harold_Monk
  • Score: -8

9:16pm Thu 26 Jun 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
reasonable75 wrote:
But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault

Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc
Yes, it's their fault - but it UNINTENTIONAL. Nobody runs out of petrol in a tunnel on purpose.

The cyclist INTENTIONALLY rode through the tunnel.

You are not correct about them being above the law - earlier this year hundreds of cyclists were prosecuted by the Met when they had the "Safety at Junctions" awareness week.
You fail to mention that they got points on their licenses and will find insurance will cost more next year.
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While on that topic, are they covered for riding on pavements?

Just thought I'd add that as someone that used to cycle a lot, other road users are very inconsiderate, and as a motorist I can see why they might prefer pavements but also as a pedestrian i can say the bad press they get is wholly deserted. The majority making it bad for the minority in this case.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc[/p][/quote]Yes, it's their fault - but it UNINTENTIONAL. Nobody runs out of petrol in a tunnel on purpose. The cyclist INTENTIONALLY rode through the tunnel. You are not correct about them being above the law - earlier this year hundreds of cyclists were prosecuted by the Met when they had the "Safety at Junctions" awareness week.[/p][/quote]You fail to mention that they got points on their licenses and will find insurance will cost more next year. I While on that topic, are they covered for riding on pavements? Just thought I'd add that as someone that used to cycle a lot, other road users are very inconsiderate, and as a motorist I can see why they might prefer pavements but also as a pedestrian i can say the bad press they get is wholly deserted. The majority making it bad for the minority in this case. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 17

9:22pm Thu 26 Jun 14

oBLiVioN 70 says...

The Fozziest of Bears wrote:
reasonable75 wrote:
But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault

Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc
Yes, it's their fault - but it UNINTENTIONAL. Nobody runs out of petrol in a tunnel on purpose.

The cyclist INTENTIONALLY rode through the tunnel.

You are not correct about them being above the law - earlier this year hundreds of cyclists were prosecuted by the Met when they had the "Safety at Junctions" awareness week.
Running out of petrol means you've been careless, that's what a petrol gauge is for so it isn't far off being intentional.

Anyone that causes preventable delays at that tunnel should feel the full force of the law basically.
[quote][p][bold]The Fozziest of Bears[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: But it must be the car/van/lorry drivers fault Cyclists don't have to take any notice of laws - same as no test, no MOT, no insurance etc[/p][/quote]Yes, it's their fault - but it UNINTENTIONAL. Nobody runs out of petrol in a tunnel on purpose. The cyclist INTENTIONALLY rode through the tunnel. You are not correct about them being above the law - earlier this year hundreds of cyclists were prosecuted by the Met when they had the "Safety at Junctions" awareness week.[/p][/quote]Running out of petrol means you've been careless, that's what a petrol gauge is for so it isn't far off being intentional. Anyone that causes preventable delays at that tunnel should feel the full force of the law basically. oBLiVioN 70
  • Score: 33

8:21am Fri 27 Jun 14

PaulErith says...

Just let the cyclist go through the tunnel rather than shutting it and causing delays. If he gets knocked off and injured then that's his own fault.
Just let the cyclist go through the tunnel rather than shutting it and causing delays. If he gets knocked off and injured then that's his own fault. PaulErith
  • Score: 41

8:55am Fri 27 Jun 14

ms day says...

IT MUST OF BEEN BORIS JOHNSON HE IS THE ONLY NUTTER RIDER I KNOW .
IT MUST OF BEEN BORIS JOHNSON HE IS THE ONLY NUTTER RIDER I KNOW . ms day
  • Score: -19

10:03am Fri 27 Jun 14

genna1310 says...

School boy error!
Why would you want to be on a push bike in a tunnel full of exhaust fumes.....
School boy error! Why would you want to be on a push bike in a tunnel full of exhaust fumes..... genna1310
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Bimembris says...

surely they could have just sent one of the support vehicles in to slow down th elane that the cyclist was in rather than shutting the whole tunnel?
surely they could have just sent one of the support vehicles in to slow down th elane that the cyclist was in rather than shutting the whole tunnel? Bimembris
  • Score: 26

2:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

mouthalmighty says...

genna1310 wrote:
School boy error!
Why would you want to be on a push bike in a tunnel full of exhaust fumes.....
Has anyone considered it may have been an suicide attempt?
[quote][p][bold]genna1310[/bold] wrote: School boy error! Why would you want to be on a push bike in a tunnel full of exhaust fumes.....[/p][/quote]Has anyone considered it may have been an suicide attempt? mouthalmighty
  • Score: -15

11:58am Mon 30 Jun 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Without a doubt it was a woman cyclist.
Without a doubt it was a woman cyclist. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -7

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