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Old 19th August 2010   #1
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You can get busted in Midtown

Firstly, what marketing wanker thought of Midtown?

But now it seems if business leaders are going to start telling us what to do.
It makes me sick

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...ue-cyclists.do
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Old 19th August 2010   #2
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I shit on Midtown.
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Old 19th August 2010   #3
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Midtown is the term commercial agents/surveyors use for that part of London.
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Old 19th August 2010   #4
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The majority receive a verbal warning but some have been given on-the-spot fines.
What authority do they have to dish out penalty fines? Sounds like extortion.
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Old 19th August 2010   #5
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Midtown is the term commercial agents/surveyors use for that part of London.
Have you been there recently? There is 'Midtown' branding all over the place. Soon to be smeared with my exrement.
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Old 19th August 2010   #6
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Inmidtown, which is funded by a levy on the business rates of its members, works with Transport for London and Camden council. Its “Considerate Cyclist Code” has 10 tips for better cycling, including:
* Don't cycle on pavements.
* Don't cycle after drinking.
* Use back streets to avoid traffic.
Does not compute. Superhighways on main roads not back streets.
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Old 19th August 2010   #7
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Midtown is the term commercial agents/surveyors use for that part of London.
If it had stayed amongst those wankers then fine. But there are banners on the lampposts declaring 'Welcome to Midtown'.
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Old 19th August 2010   #8
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I shit on Midtown.
+1 I shit on top of that.
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Old 19th August 2010   #9
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Have you been there recently? There is 'Midtown' branding all over the place. Soon to be smeared with my exrement.
Nope - but its been called Midtown for years by the Industry. I know they are doing a massive regeneration push round there.
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Old 19th August 2010   #10
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* Don't cycle after drinking.

Woo! The Holborn business partnership will be offering to pay for taxis after you've had a night on the sauce.

Fuckheads.
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Old 19th August 2010   #11
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It doesn't bloody need regenerating. Its' fine as it is. There will be a Starbucks on Lincolns Inn Fields at this rate
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Old 19th August 2010   #12
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'Welcome to Midtown'.
Butt Town more like
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Old 19th August 2010   #13
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they cant clamp cars anymore so they now fine the cyclists...
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Old 19th August 2010   #14
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I don't see anything wrong here? I mean all they do is punishing those who break the highway code.
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Old 19th August 2010   #15
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A guy in my office got told by a policeman in Bloomsbury this morning that he wasn't allowed to cycle in a cycle lane. No logical explination given, just yelled at by the cop over and over that bikes weren't allowed.
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Old 19th August 2010   #16
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Does not compute. Superhighways on main roads not back streets.
Also, how does cycling on a road with less traffic make you a better cyclist?
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Old 19th August 2010   #17
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I don't see anything wrong here? I mean all they do is punishing those who break the highway code.
I would have thought that business leaders would have more to worry about than cyclists on pavements. Just a thought.

And -- Under the new scheme, cyclists could be sent on a course highlighting the dangers of weaving in and out of traffic.

Right so I should just stay in a jam with the cars then should I? Imagine having some donkey stop you and send you on a course for 'weaving in and out of traffic'
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Old 19th August 2010   #18
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* Use back streets to avoid traffic.

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Old 19th August 2010   #19
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I’ve worked in Holborn for 3 years and have virtually never seen anybody cycling on the pavement. It’s just too busy most of the time.

It’s almost as if the Evening Standard are trying to provoke anti-cycling sentiment within London… hmmm

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A spokeswoman for inmidtown stressed that Evening Standard proof-readers are on holiday.
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Old 19th August 2010   #20
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It's not just that, though, it's the enforcement of arbitrarily chosen laws by a private ersatz police force. Why should anyone pander to the sensibilities of the manager of the local Subway franchise, just because that's where they've chosen to locate their business? One person's choice of business placement does not give them the authority to tell members of the public what they should or shouldn't be doing in a public area.
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Old 19th August 2010   #21
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Are they gonna inroduce 'street wardens' for dozy arsed peds stepping into traffic or walking through 'the red man' at the lights? Will they fuck>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Old 19th August 2010   #22
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The wardens were involved in the recent arrest of two drug users and also target rough sleepers.
I bet they feel like heroes
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Old 19th August 2010   #23
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I don't see anything wrong here? I mean all they do is punishing those who break the highway code.
..and a few extra things, apparently.

The wrong thing is that the enforcers are hired goons, not the polis. Much like those 'security' guards that stop you taking photos of buildings. There's absolutely no chance whatsoever of their behaviour being controlled or having any form of recourse. Awful though they may be, at least the police have to follow some rules and answer to the public.
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Old 19th August 2010   #24
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Businesses on the South Bank recently proposed banning cyclists from the riverside walkway because of the large number of pedestrians.



>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Anyway, how respectful can wardens be? I shit on them. I normally don't go crazy when cycling 'Midtown', especially because I fear for my safety, but if any fuckwit comes trying to teach me road
code, I will tell him to suck it.
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Old 19th August 2010   #25
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From the ES comments section:

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As regular readers will know, I loathe cyclists. However, I do not rejoice at this news. If thwe police are unable to handle it - as the do quite effectively in the City - then leave the anti social cyclists to pedestrian yobs like me. I have managed to clout two in the last two days outside Farringdon Station. The morons on bikes thought that they could ride through what is left of the pavement by the buiding works as large crowds of commuters were leaving the station. Sadly no blood.

- BJ, East London, 19/08/2010 13:45
Anyone fancy hanging around Farringdon one night next week during rush hour to see if this prick fancies a D-Lock in the face? I mean, yes it's moronic to cycle on the pavement outside a station, but the regard in which he holds his violent anti-cycling vigilance makes me want to provoke GBH from him just so I could get him nicked. What a dickhead.
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Old 19th August 2010   #26
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What authority do they have to dish out penalty fines? Sounds like extortion.
Zero, just ignore them.
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Old 19th August 2010   #27
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Franchises having their own private police forces? This is all starting to sound like Neil Stephensons Snow Crash. I guess on the bright side that means well soon be seeing magentic harpoons for enhanced car skitching

Also @catcher in the rye, to be fair anyone riding their bike in front of farringdon station is just being a dickhead. There are way too many pedestrians there but I always see morons refusing to dismount. Theres no excuse for being violent though.
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Old 19th August 2010   #28
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Franchises having their own private police forces?
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Old 19th August 2010   #29
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It's the drivers of motor vehicles that need more monitoring. Nearly got run down this morning while crossing on a green man. Some dozy woman just drove through while on her mobile looking at me as if she owned the road. I dont have any problems with cyclists, it's the arrogant drivers that should be monitored. Driving through reds while on their mobile, drink driving, speeding...etc. All these are far worse than a cyclist on the pavement. The cylist is probably on the pavement due to being bullied of the road by these drivers who think no one else should be on the road appart from them.

- Dom, London, 19/08/2010 13:30


Spot.Fucking.On.
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Old 19th August 2010   #30
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Old 19th August 2010   #31
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I don't see anything wrong here? I mean all they do is punishing those who break the highway code.
Ed, don't be fucking soft. There would be no problem if these were the type of people who had been trained in 'common sense', 'reason' and/or 'humanity'.

Just look at the sorry state of wheel clamping. Some of the stories beggar belief: hursts, ambulances, disabled. Where there is €£$ incentivised work stupidity will reign. These are the kind of pricks that would attempt to fine you if you left a shop and rode straight onto the road i.e. 1 metre travel on the pavement before bouncing onto the road.

I am happy to see divs that stupidly on pavements sorted out but non-cyclist cycle legislation = grief.
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Old 19th August 2010   #32
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What the fuck ! Since when has private business interest been a part of the state ?

What powers do private businesses have over members of the public, this is fucking bullshit, if some street ranger tried to stop me I would tell him to go and fuck off, seriously.
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Old 19th August 2010   #33
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steady on! I already got the issue in hand that it's the rent-a-cop that's the problem, everyone already answered my post.

@ multi.
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Old 19th August 2010   #34
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I don't see anything wrong here? I mean all they do is punishing those who break the highway code.

You are missing the point Ed, the problem is the apparent delegation of state powers to a bunch of - and this is an educated guess - badly trained and officious pricks on the minimum wage - all in the interests of business.
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Old 19th August 2010   #35
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Whoops, sorry Ed, I was too slow . . .
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Old 19th August 2010   #36
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You are missing the point Ed, the problem is the apparent delegation of state powers to a bunch of - and this is an educated guess - badly trained and officious pricks on the minimum wage, who'll never catch you - all in the interests of business.

Fixed
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Old 19th August 2010   #37
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What the fuck ! Since when has private business interest been a part of the state ?
Ages... Do I still own Northern Rock?
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Old 19th August 2010   #38
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ftfa: Last year 200 cyclists were stopped over four days during Operation Responsible Cycling. Business leaders fear the arrival of Boris bikes — there are seven docking stations, holding up to 176 bikes, in the area — will make matters worse.

ey?
jesus this is a poorly written, sorry excuse for journalism.
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Old 19th August 2010   #39
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What the fuck ! Since when has private mug interest been a part of the state ?

What powers do private mugs have over members of the public, this is fucking bullshit, if some street ranger tried to stop me using my mug I would tell him to go and fuck off, seriously.
Shit yeah!

Mug Party in Holborn.
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Old 19th August 2010   #40
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and who the fuck is Mark Ames of some twunty website that flogs t-shirts to be telling anyone what their priorities should be on the road? mine's staying alive, pedestrians are pretty far down my list.
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Old 19th August 2010   #41
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"Businesses have ordered their street “rangers” to stop rogue riders"

This is the bit that is problematic for me, if it's the businesses who are 'ordering' (?) their 'street rangers' to stop 'rouge' riders, then the 'street rangers' have zero authority.
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Old 19th August 2010   #42
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Businesses don't own the footpath or the road so I don't see how they could enforce anything except perhaps if you were to ride INTO the shop...
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Old 19th August 2010   #43
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"Businesses have ordered their street “rangers” to stop rogue riders"


Don't fuck about in mid-town you punk...
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Old 19th August 2010   #44
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Twisted!!
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Old 19th August 2010   #45
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I could break it.
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Old 19th August 2010   #46
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You can't break the highway code. It is not law.


Bletchley Park could..
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Old 19th August 2010   #47
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Team Shit on Midtown
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Old 19th August 2010   #48
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Anyone fancy hanging around Farringdon one night next week during rush hour to see if this prick fancies a D-Lock in the face? I mean, yes it's moronic to cycle on the pavement outside a station, but the regard in which he holds his violent anti-cycling vigilance makes me want to provoke GBH from him just so I could get him nicked. What a dickhead.
IN

1. Catcher On The Rye
2. Pistanator
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Old 19th August 2010   #49
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From the ES comments section:



Anyone fancy hanging around Farringdon one night next week during rush hour to see if this prick fancies a D-Lock in the face? I mean, yes it's moronic to cycle on the pavement outside a station, but the regard in which he holds his violent anti-cycling vigilance makes me want to provoke GBH from him just so I could get him nicked. What a dickhead.
yeah why not.
i follow the rules of the road and try not to incnvenience motorists but this doesnt protect me from abuse and near misses by fuckwitted cuntards. my lady friend had a van nearly force her off the road a couple of days ago while the the prick in the passenger side hung out the window requesting that she "show her tits".
would be quite pleasant to smack the fuck out of some prick, especially if we can catch him in the act. hypocritical? fuck yeah!
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Old 19th August 2010   #50
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could we invoice the wardens for time consumed while they stopped us? ..double rate of course
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