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  • Angry commuter – justified??
  • you could have moved over to let her pass?

    Premier Icon winstonsmith
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    you had right of way.

    tis simple

    Hairychested
    Member

    Too late, never move to talk to them. Make them come out. If they threaten you call the cops and ask for immediate help as you fear for your life. Or take a camera out and start taking pictures of the car and the driver.
    Or just get on with your life.

    TandemJeremy
    Member

    you had right of way.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    having right of way doesn’t always make you right.

    xiphon
    Member

    Have a read if you’re legally in the right or wrong..

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/Cyclists/index.htm

    My take is, you are a user of the road, therefore must adhere to road signs. If the signs indicate you have priority over oncoming traffic, then just proceed…

    steve_b77
    Member

    It was your right of way and she was just being awkward and a blatant law breaker, ha!!

    Was there space for both of you?

    surfer
    Member

    Charlie your responses appear to be the wrong way round!

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Legally, you’re right. Practically, if there’s only a car’s width plus 2-3 feet, then you’re right.

    Charlie your responses appear to be the wrong way round!

    It might look that way, but in fact it’s because my thoughts are so far ahead of yours that you are actually being lapped.

    Premier Icon JAG
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    I was concerned that sharing the road may lead to her clipping me or bumping me into the barrier on my left.

    I would not have chosen to share as you never know how good a driver they are and 2-3 feet is too narrow even at <20mph.

    There was one of these on my old commute. Whilst you do have the right of way, it’s not worth dying for.

    Refreshingly, some drivers would give up their right of way for oncoming cyclists on the way home.

    I would not have chosen to share as you never know how good a driver they are and 2-3 feet is too narrow even at <20mph.

    fatty fatty boom boom

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    You can’t take someone’s right of way just because you think there’s room. It’s not a discretional thing.

    I got tired of the aggro caused by me claiming my right of way on the traffic ‘calming’ measures near my house.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    You were right. She’s a typical stupid idiot behind the wheel of a car.
    Though there are so so many of these I can never get used to it.

    Put yourself in the position of the car driver. What would you have done? I would have waited the tenth of a second for the bike to cross the bridge, then crossed myself.

    You can’t take someone’s right of way just because you think there’s room. It’s not a discretional thing.

    But if there’s room, you haven’t taken their right of way. They still have way.

    andyl
    Member

    you had right of way. I would have accidentally let met pedal rub up against the side of her car as she tried to drive off.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    If it was all slow speed I’d have been really tempted to do a controlled dive sprawling onto her bonned with my face smooshed up on the windscreen.

    I nearly got squeezed into the kerb / pedestrian rails at a roundabout yesterday. An early 20s female who was too busy chatting and laughing on her mobile to notice me. I RAPPED on her passenger window and bellowed “get off your effing phone you stupid effing slag.”

    Was it justifiable bahaviour? Hell YEAH!

    And she got off the phone.

    alpin
    Member

    you should have hit hit her, you wimp. you let her walk all over you like the down trodden man you really are…. 🙁

    They’ll think they’re justified so you should also.

    IanMunro
    Member

    Too late, never move to talk to them.

    Aye, I stopped in the road and queried a driver last year as to why they were sounding their horn at me, but made sure that the bike was still blocking them. The rear wheel nut put a lovely scrape down the side of her front wing as she decided to try and drive off 🙂

    ski
    Member

    Whilst you do have the right of way, it’s not worth dying for

    Agree with Militant_biker, its a hard one to argue if you are six feet under.

    I wonder what she would have done had it been a motorbike or a horse coming the other way?

    I too have had my fair share of these scenarios (similarly to Molgrips with the traffic calming measures). I did once have someone try to overtake me in order to squeeze in through the traffic calmer as a car coming from the other direction was also trying to duel with them. I just stopped and waited for carnage to ensue (unfortunately it didn’t).

    Premier Icon miketually
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    You were right, they were wrong.

    Was there space for both of you?

    If there was room for both, was there room for both with a 40-50mph closing speed? I’d guess not.

    MartinGT
    Member

    Troll 😛

    the hustler
    Member

    And another one, (maybe 2)

    Cars that give you little/no room when overtaking

    Cars that overtake and cut back in as close as poss to kerb (sometimes when not fully past you) to stop you underpassing when approaching lights or a junction.

    There is a siver VW polo driving round Telford with a broken wing mirror due to the latter, bar ends can be great revenge 🙂

    rewski
    Member

    was I being petty expecting her to wait for me to cross?

    A little, in those scenarios it’s best to wait for them to flash, I always assume they’re not going to stop.

    aP
    Member

    The answer to this (given to me by a 60 something year old cyclist) is to remove the door mirror as they come past. I’ve had a car driver very deliberately pull in on me when I was trying to get into my car. The nearside mirror ended up in pieces. They stopped got out all arsey – because apparently they couldn’t stop in time to avoid me. When they got more arsey I suddenly had these incredible pains in my arm and elbow and asked for their insurance details and that I was going to hospital and that they might want to expect an insurance claim. She went very, very quiet and ran back to her car and drove off.
    It’s exceptionally tedious when the “might is right” folks see others as fair game.

    mansonsoul
    Member

    If in doubt, assume the motorist is in the wrong. I mean, they’re the people driving the polluting, murdering vehicle that kills thousands every year and damages the air and lungs of tens of thousands more, of course they’re not going to card about something as trifling as “road law”.

    highclimber
    Member

    silly old bat, she obviously saw you as an inferior road user and as such doesn’t need to comply with the highway code.

    let it slide unless you encounter her again in which case have a copy of THC ready to launch at her with the relevant pages marked for her attention.

    stumpy01
    Member

    There’s a narrow bridge over the river near my house like this.

    The bridge goes over the river and joins a road running directly alongside the river on the other side (i.e. an immediate t-junction).
    Anyone crossing the bridge from the road that runs along the river has to turn into onto the bridge, but there isn’t always the visibility to see if a car is starting over the bridge or not. There’s always stand-offs.

    On a bike, there is room to squeeze a car past, but it’s quite tight. I generally turn in quite quickly having stood up on the approach to see if there are any cars actually on the bridge, then get out of the saddle and make it obvious that I am coming over by positioning myself fairly central.
    It helps in winter with twin Lumi’s set on high.

    In your situation it sounds like you were in the right.

    surfer
    Member

    or a horse coming the other way?

    Probably stopped, given way (twice) genuflected before apologising.

    Often seems to be the approach we give to horses, its cyclist we want to endangour!

    The comparison with horses is ridiculous, they are much less predictable an far more wobbly, even on a tandem, let alone a bicycle.

    TandemJeremy
    Member

    I’m justified – and ancient
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    and I drive an ice cream van

    gwj72
    Member

    Roll-up, Roll-up! Vent your car hate here! 😀

    Rob Hilton
    Member

    I’d have likely spat in her face – actions speak louder then words 🙂

    P.S.
    I like motor vehicles – they’re great for transporting bikes round the country in.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    The funny thing is she’ll be exactly the type that harps on about “lycra louts” with no respect for the rules of the road… 🙄

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