reading the comments in the Guardian on the guy knocked off by car following a hearse cam across this one
As a motorist, LGV driver and cyclist I would suggest the first rule of cycling is look out for yourself. Having the law on your side wont repair a broken body or worse.
now I ride defensively on the road but the "look out for yourself" bit caught my attention as its what a taxi driver said to me yesterday after he'd deliberately forced me out of my lane
I was in centre of middle lane which goes straight ahead moving at the speed of traffic - he came up behind in right lane which was moving slightly faster came along side looked at me and then started to edge slowly across - I banged on passenger side window but he ignored and carried on until I was in the left lane which had parked cars in it and becomes left only - I carried on banging on the side (it was a taxi not some ones pride and joy or white van man and a hammer) so he stopped
Me "you deliberately forced me across out of the lane"
Him cool as a cucumber "you need to look after yourself - cycling is dangerous"
I gave a wasted lecture based on aggressive driving doesn't help and then shrugged my shoulders and waved him on as quite a lot of traffic behind - though the immediately following driver gave me the thumbs up
So how prevalent among professional drivers is the attitude that its cyclists that have to take avoiding action or face the consequences?