miketually - Member
When I was hit, also on a roundabout, the guy followed up the classic SMIDSY with the equally classic "I'm actually a cyclist myself".
I had two flashing front lights on my bike when he "didn't see" me. He didn't see me because he was looking past me to the cars behind to see if he could get a flier round the roundabout, not because I was invisible
You see, the thing is, until it happened to me I would have agreed 100% with this post. It's not even as if I'm an inexperienced traffic cyclist, 1 year as a cycle courier in central London gave me enough traffic awareness to generally be ok. Thing is I know that I wasn't trying to get a flier onto a roundabout and certainly wasn't deliberately cutting up a cyclist. I didn't see him and tbh it has done my head in since then, particularly given that I cycle to work through busy streets pretty much every day and it could so equally happen to me.
The article linked to above is a revelation and suddenly helps to make sense of something that previously seemed way too obtuse. From a cycling perspective, purely for self-preservation I've always worked on the basis that someone pulling onto a roundabout or road will do something stupid (bit like not flying up the inside of backed up traffic next to parked cars), but will now do the moving laterally bit as well (traffic willing). From a driving perspective will now ensure that I look actively in the way described in the article to try and ensure that it never happens again.
OP - hope you're feeling better soon. Last big road smash I had cracked a few ribs (3 yrs ago), hurt like hell but that's the way it is I guess