A lot of what is said in the discussion I'd agree with. This is not my finest moment.
Some background I’ve been cycling to work since I was teenager clocking in to early shifts in factories in the 70’s.
I’ve been filming for years, as an insurance measure having been hit a couple of times.. You’ll see that in other instances I say nothing and just ride on (and get flack for not reporting it!) I’m not looking for trouble. I’m just cycling to work. I’m actually pretty laid back.
This video was filmed a month before I put it up and I only posted it in response to a tweet about the Edinburgh police instructing drivers to respect cyclists and cycle provisions as one of their own had got hit. Some friends pointed me at the tweet and suggested I post my video.
For those who don’t know Edinburgh the bus/cycle/taxi lane was operational and none of the cars should have been it. There is a by-law that can be interpreted that the police can use it but they are instructed not to (according to their many colleagues who have seen the video).
If it hadn’t been a police car I would have cycled on as I did for the rest of drivers, I am not some kind of vigilante. Life is too short, but what pissed me off was that it was a police car and by leading into the lane they were encouraging all the other cars to do so.. All it takes for us is to continue to ignore stuff like this and it will continue.
I think what saddens me about these comments is many of you seem to think I should have said nothing. I know I acted like an arse but some good may have come out of this with Edinburgh police cracking down this week on drivers using the lanes and advanced stop line and RLJ cyclists (these are people that give cyclists a bad name). Since I started this reply (I had to wait 4 hours to post) two officers came by to ask for more evidence for the campaign.
Since the video I’ve heard that the two officers have had a wee bit of a hard time for their creativity but those that know them say it was in character. After all they could have left it and not run after me brandishing a notebook.
Some wee points: I wasn’t really on a strava pb (that was a joke for some friends who had suggested I post the video). Only about 10 people saw it for the first few weeks.
The scooter incident was just that, blame on both sides, I should have overtaken and/or anticipated the rider might weave back in. It was mph.
What makes me smile a little is that many of you seem to be put the onus on me. Sure I could have ridden on but given I’ve been cycling since the 60s I sometimes get annoyed. The press from one of my other videos has helped launch a campaign against bad cyclists and drivers in the city. So although your opprobrium hurts it might be worth it.