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Is this really a positive image?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by David W, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. David W

    David W New Member

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    In his review of your Roadster in the Daily Mail, James Martin states an experience with cyclists:

    The Institute of Advanced Motorists clearly states in its Cycling Factsheet:

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    What a shame that this individual is driving a car with such an ignorance of safe and proper driving technique, never mind common courtesy for other road users.

    I wonder whether the ability to drive in this irresponsible, bullying and aggressive driving really illustrates a positive feature of the Roaster?

    Are you happy with this article and the image of Roadster drivers it portrays?
     
  2. vfx

    vfx Well-Known Member

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    Could you post a link?
     
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    I had a really positive experience with a cyclist yesterday. I was out in perfect weather test driving a leisurely rural route for a future group drive and passed a cyclist. I waited until the oncoming lane was clear, then gave him a wide berth as I passed him, assuming it was possible he was unaware of me.

    Shortly after that, I came to a stop sign and just camped there while composing a tweet. I saw him come up behind, so I waved him forward to let him know I wouldn't mind if he cut around me.

    He pulled up to the passenger door and asked, "how do you like the Tesla?" I love that when the top is off, cyclists can pull up beside me and easily chat, even if the windows are rolled up. He said something about the car being quiet, and I asked him what the experience was. He said he heard the usual road/tire noise as I passed him but that he hadn't heard me farther back. We chatted a bit more, he wished me a good drive and I wished him a good ride.

    It was a really fun experience and I felt more camaraderie with him, both of us enjoying the beautiful day and scenery in a quiet, zero emissions way, than I would in a gas burner.
     
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    I read these kinds of sentiments too often ... and wish the authors would be forced to take a two hour bicycle spin on some busy road in their local city.

    ...while riding my bicycle on Labor Day, I was hit by a car. It was a low speed thing, and for that I am grateful, but accompanied by screeching tires and all the rest. It was no fun.
     
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    I don't feel the author's comments reflect on Tesla or the Roadster at all. They're not the 1st to leave behind conventional automobile noise (the Prius comes to mind).

    As for the fact that the author enjoyed his actions? I pretty much lost all respect I may have ever had for him. It's one thing to feel the way he does - it's another to feel comfortable sharing such inhumanity with the rest of us.
     
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    I've been honked at by a passing car while riding a bicycle. Let me just say it's not funny. This has nothing to do with the car, it's only because there are a few incredibly rotten induhviduals out there. The good news is, most such low-lifes are far too stupid to consider an electric car in the first place, so there's no need to worry:biggrin:
     
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    David W wrote:
    It should be noted that this is not a Tesla sponsored site. We are merely fans of the good the company is doing and the cars the are producing.

    James Martin is a douchebag.
     
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    As an avid cyclist, the review just turned my stomach, and it's good to see Tesla go aggressively after the issue.

    I want to have more Roadsters replace the noisy (and dirty) crotch rockets along Skyline Blvd. where I ride. Tire noise is more than enough warning while not detracting from a peaceful morning.
     
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    Seems the offending parts at the end of the article have been removed.
     
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    And the appology...

    James Martin - Chef

    Regarding the The Tesla Roadster Article...
    May I take this opportunity to apologize for any offence I have caused through the article in last weekend’s Mail on Sunday. It was never my intention to offend the many cyclists who share our roads across the country. What was intended to be a humorous piece was clearly misjudged. Further more I do not condone any form of reckless driving.

    Once again, I am sincerely sorry for any upset caused in relation to this article.

    James Martin
     
  12. Albern

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    That title made me laugh.

    On a serious note, that test driver is a complete douchebag for doing such a thing and shouldn't be driving at all if that's going to be his attitude. The last thing we need is another point in the pot as to why EVs should emit simulated noises.
     
  13. ChrisC

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    I believe the correct phrasing should be "James Martin is a huge douchebag ... and an idiot." :)
     
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    Honestly, the phrase "out of all proportion" comes to mind here. Yes he shouldn't have said it. I'm sure it was a very poor taste joke, but costing the company friends?

    I think by stoking it up, it will cost the EV/cycling community more friends.

    One story claimed they couldn't find the apology on his site. Really? It's on the first page you hit after selecting flash or HTML...
     
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    The article doesn't contain anything on Tesla losing friends. It's a misleading headline.
     

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