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Midweek Rant: Bikers deserve some respect too, you know.

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Midweek Rant: Bikers deserve some respect too, you know.

 

 

Yes, I accept I am a second class citizen.

I can see why you might think I am near the bottom of the vehicular food chain.

I admit I don’t have film tint on my windows.

I don’t even have a windows.

I am just a downtrodden motorcyclist. Just a bloody biker….

But you know there are quite a lot of us and despite what some car
owners say we are human. We have feelings…..all we are after is a
little respect and consideration.

And some fair treatment from the cops – if you can do fair.

In return I promise to stay off the sidewalks. Promise to obey the
rules of the road. I’ll even stop if I inadvertently scratch your car…

Bikers in Bangkok – or any other major Thai city – are treated as the
lowest of the low.

It is rather unfair. Some of us have cars but we just want to get from
A to B as quickly as possible. We have jobs to do and families to feed
– in fact there are an awful lot of us about.

And we take up much less space on the roads and rarely block other people.

Firstly can I say to the police……

Would you mind not ripping us off and preying on us just because we
are unlikely to be people of influence and are relatively easy
pickings. How about show some parity with the car drivers who break
all the laws – and often kill us because they don’t bother to look
where they are going.

How about stopping these ridiculous checkpoints that are used to
fleece us for using various bridges and tunnels? It is absurd to stop
us using such roads and thoroughfares.

We accept that we have no right on the expressway or motorways – fine.
But we all know why we are stopped in the middle of most days. And how
you like us to bring out our wallets for disobeying the ridiculous.

Wouldn’t your time be better spent making sure that cars are not
making illegal U-turns, are not pushing in and holding everyone up are
not running red lights? You can get your fines that way, and be doing
everyone a favor into the bargain.

Secondly to car drivers…..

Would it be possible for you to stick to the markings on the road,
stick to your lanes? That way we can get through easily and there will
be less danger of damage to your precious paintwork or your expensive
wing mirrors.

It’s called consideration, even good driving – you may have heard of it.

Also please try to look when coming out onto a main road. This
involves using the eyes that are positioned just above your nose. It
may be necessary to look for a few seconds to make sure you have not
missed us.

That way you can avoid damage to your car and it will have the added
benefit of helping us return to our families at the end of the day.
Win-win!

To building owners……

Could you remember that we are also your customers? Would it be
possible not to pen us in in these underground dungeons that pass for
what you call parking lots.

Apart from being very bad for the health of your own staff it is
almost impossible at times to get our bikes out after they are crammed
in.

We are admittedly poor and low class but we have spent what little
resources we have on our transport as well as car owners.

Also to the places that charge for bike parking. It can easily build
up to 100 baht in some places. That is a lot for a biker. Would a car
that costs twenty times as much be prepared to pay 2,000 baht just to
park…..I think you’d have a riot on your hands.

For some who have what you call “big bikes” the situation is a bit
better as you cordoned off another area. But I note that many of you
have changed this to 400cc up. What about the thousands if not
millions of us who have 250cc bikes – there is barely room to swing a
cat in some of your parking lots.

Some better signage about where we should go would also be appreciated
– a bike with a big arrow would fit the bill. And not just one – keep
the directions going until the parking is in view.

To pedestrians…..

Would you mind staying on the sidewalks and using pedestrian
overpasses. If you have to cross the road try looking…..using those
eyes I spoke about earlier. Jaywalking and appearing suddenly in a
biker’s path is likely to result in your serious injury – and our
death as likely as not.

To the people responsible for the road surface……

Could you get out there and fill in some of the potholes. You see for
cars it might be a little jolt or mean a spot of wheel aligning is in
order. For us bikers we tend to come off and get our brains splattered
on the tarmac.

It’s messy and very unsightly. If we don’t die instantly just because
of a small hole or ridge left unattended we are often flattened by
oncoming cars.

This can result in damage to expensive cars……

Finally to our dear friends the security guards who are most likely
bikers just like us…

Would you mind awfully pointing to where we can park first rather than
let us park, take off all our protective gear, start walking to our
destination……before you tell us that we can’t park there.

Then we won’t get so cross.

In return for all this we promise to behave ourselves and act as
responsibly as you in your cars and trucks.

Who knows – some of us may even live long enough to enjoy our grandchildren.

We may even feel respected.

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