It’s Not The Role Of ‘The Government’ To Teach You Physics…

The partner of a hospital finance worker crushed to death by a lorry attacked politicians today who “seek the green vote” by promoting cycling but do not warn about the dangers.


Mother-of-two Nga Diep, 33, had taken up cycling only a month before she was killed on her way to work at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in March 2008. She was trapped between a lorry and railings as it turned left, then dragged beneath the wheels of the truck.

In other words, in one of the most well-publicised dangerous vehicle/cyclist traffic manoeuvres there is?

No doubt it was all the fault of the driver, though?

The driver, Leon Weaver of Lewisham-based Economic Skips, was cleared of careless driving.

Ah. I guess not.

It takes two to tango, as they say. And when you are on a flimsy contraption that can be picked up by one hand, and your multiple partners are in multi-tonne vehicles, it can be a perilous dance altogether. And you don’t have the weight advantage, so you must needs take the necessary steps to protect yourself

Today, after a judge awarded her family £385,000 compensation, Dan Nguyen, 40, an IT worker from Brockley, said: “You see lots of posters saying how it’s good to cycle, but there’s nowhere near as many warning of the hazards and reminding people to take care. London is a living, breathing city, not a cycle park.

“Successive policy makers and mayors have said people should cycle more but they seem to do very little to educate road users on the risks.”

What more should they do? Is this information hidden?

It can’t be, because, look! About 6 million results! The top ones being government bodies and cycling organisations.

So, how could you plead ignorance? And yet….you always do.

Just like the fact that as soon as you see a report on an inquest of a child killed by blind cords you know, you just know, that the parents are going to be demanding action and wailing that they were unaware of the dangers despite the numerous cases of this that have all been in the newspapers and the warnings on the packaging.

No-one wants to take responsibility for educating themselves any more.

17 comments for “It’s Not The Role Of ‘The Government’ To Teach You Physics…

  1. ivan
    March 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

    It is NOT the governments job to teach anyone anything.

    It is NOT the governments job to do social engineering either.

    When government and people realise those two facts maybe people will start to THINK for THEMSELVES – I’m not holding my breath in anticipation.

    • March 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      With you there.

      • Yve
        April 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

        With you there, whatever happened to ruddy commen sense.

  2. Maaarrghk!
    March 30, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I wonder if this woman had taken a cycling proficiency course when at skool. My guess going by her age is that she probably did not.

  3. Ed P
    March 30, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Natural Selection 1, Idiot 0

    • March 31, 2012 at 6:32 am


  4. March 30, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Trucks are frequently fitted with signs warning cyclists not to pass them on the left. This, the government advice, the Highway Code, what more do they want?

  5. Lord T
    March 30, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I thought it was. Thats why they pay all the teachers.

  6. David A. Evans
    March 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    I have a similar problem with people overtaking artics on roundabouts then complaining that the trailer closed the gap on them.

    It’s OBVIOUS!

    • March 31, 2012 at 6:31 am

      Remember, there’s a statistical chance that they are the same people who don’t realise petrol is potentially explosive… 😀

  7. Dave_G
    March 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    …if we’re looking for a reason why this country is in such a sorry state we should be looking closer at the electorate as well as the politicians. Some of them are total fcuking muppets.

    • March 31, 2012 at 6:31 am

      ‘Some’? Oh, how I wish it was just ‘some’… 🙄

  8. Steve W
    April 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Another demonstration of the fact that, when lamenting over how stupid the average person is, one ought also to be aware that, statistically speaking, half of them are more stupid than that!

  9. DP111
    April 1, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Even with due care, cycling in a lane that is also used by cars and trucks, is inherently dangerous.

    As trucks and buses are wider then cars, the likelihood of being grazed and then dragged beneath the wheels of a truck or bus is much higher. Many a time while sitting in a bus, I have seen the wing mirror of the bus pass just a few inches past the ear of a cyclist. It takes just a little error, a gust of wind or a pebble, to lead to a serious accident.

    In the Netherlands, cycle ways are separated from cars and buses, which is a safer for all concerned.

    • Maaarrghk!
      April 2, 2012 at 6:21 am

      But don’t the Netherlands also have those stupid laws that say an accident is always the “fault” of the larger vehicle?

      • DP111
        April 5, 2012 at 12:57 am

        You may well be right. I was simply looking at the “physics” of cycling in single lane traffic, alongside cars, buses and trucks.

  10. John Blake
    April 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Feckless asininity due to the “I am invulnerable” syndrome seems endemic to the human condition (assuming peddlers flouting traffic rules are sentient). Alas, Nature knows the truth… maybe re-cycling squashed cyclists could power a new Dearth Hour.

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