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  • tonyd
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    IMO the driver left with the impression he’d ‘won’ the argument and that the cyclist would ride in the gutter from now on.

    Disgraceful behaviour and I’d have struggled to keep my cool, especially with the blaring horn and forcing the cyclist to stop. That was extremely aggressive.

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I suspect he will think “victory” unfortunately

    That’s fine. Thinking “victory” will make him less defensive and more open to pondering whether the cyclist may have had a point.

    Be careful playing fast and loose with the word “thinking” in reference to motorists

    I’m a motorist too. Most of us are. No point playing “them and us” games.

    I’d have dropped the gobby little scummer on the spot.

    +1

    atlaz
    Member

    Got to agree that whilst the whole thing was precipitated by someone driving like a ****, what happened afterwards was very civilised and is far more likely to result in the driver modifying his behaviour than had the cyclist just hopped the curb and ridden off, or punched him or been punched.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    The cyclist must be about 5 foot tall as the camera, which I assume is on his helmet, is looking straight at the driver!

    stumpy01
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    Fair play to the cyclist & probably the driver too for his backing down & being mildly willing to accept some responsibility.
    But, what the hell was he doing In the first place. He was clearly trying to bully his way past, took a dislike to having his car slapped & probably decided to get all confrontational without really thinking about it.

    What is the offence of touching someone’s private property. I’d have argued that the offence of trying to run me off the road probably trumped any (non existing) offence of touching private property.

    At least he did back down & they had a semi-discussion about the rights & wrongs of the whole thing…

    Premier Icon DezB
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    If the cyclist had dabbed his brakes around the 13 second mark instead of speeding up, the whole incident would never had happened. Sometimes, it’s not just about driving according to your rights, it’s also about being considerate to other traffic.

    Jeez, it’s like you know exactly what to type to get me wound up.
    *leaves thread*

    surfer
    Member

    That’s fine. Thinking “victory” will make him less defensive and more open to pondering whether the cyclist may have had a point.

    I dont think it was his “defensive” behavior that put the cyclist at risk more likely he has had his behavior reinforced and will either continue or be even worse in future.

    Well, I’ve watched the clip again and the Audi driver quite clearly crossed the solid white line and entered (albeit partially) the bus lane in the initial move that was the cause of the fuss.

    Regardless of anything else, that plainly puts the audi driver at fault doesn’t it? The cyclist had no obligation to move over being permitted to be in the bus lane. Consideration or not on the part of the cyclist is irrelevant, in my view

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    probably decided to get all confrontational without really thinking about it

    Since when is road rage ever a carefully thought out response?

    slowoldgit
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    It just proves once again that half the drivers on the road are of less than average intelligence.

    And Audi drivers think they can share bus/cycle lanes.

    Mr Woppit
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    I had a similar with a driver of a small bus this morning in Morden, swerving into the clearly marked cycle lane just opposite the Amadhiya Mosque.

    I banged on the side of his vehicle and when it stopped, I squeezed through the narrow gap between it and the kerb and carried on.

    Further on, when I had stopped to put on my smog mask in preparation for Boris’s CS7 through south London, he pulled up alongside me and opened the bus door.

    “If you want to take my name, it’s difficult driving with people overtaking, I have to swerve and…”

    At that point, I employed a phrase that I reserve for these situations:

    “I’m not interested. Go away.”

    It’s so much more time efficient than getting involved in stupid conversations when you’re busy trying to get somewhere..

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    I dont think it was his “defensive” behavior that put the cyclist at risk more likely he has had his behavior reinforced and will either continue or be even worse in future.

    I think the exact opposite.

    Having a relatively polite, non-aggressive discussion about it, and allowing the driver to go away without feeling overwhelmingly angry and defensive means he is far more likely to think about it rationally later when he has a clear head or when he faces a similar situation.

    Smacking him in the face or shouting him down would do absolutely nothing to change his attitude, just reinforce his resentment of cyclists and probably make him more aggressive towards them in the future.

    Think about how you would react to someone physically assaulting you. Would you later reflect on the possible truth of the argument they shouted at you while punching you in the face?

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Since when is road rage ever a carefully thought out response?

    I called a woman a “f*c*i*g c*nt” once when she pulled out on me from a side street. Her face was priceless and her argument was the fact that I wasn’t indicating. Bearing in mind I was going straight on, I struggled to see how my lack of indicating gave her permission to pull straight out in front of me”

    bwaarp
    Member

    I don’t think the driver was being reasonable to begin with after he got out the car, you don’t get out the car and get right in someones face after that kind of incident. You keep some distance, I’d have felt threatened by him coming so close and may have done something about that.

    rocketman
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    I struggle with long sentences but although I never ride on the road the motorist-forces-cyclist-into-kerb theme seems to occur quite often here on STW

    Wouldn’t it be easier to simply bunny hop onto the pavement to avoid getting squeezed?

    It’s a brave motorist who pursues a cyclist along the pavement.

    Feel free to flame my naive suggestion

    druidh
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    slowoldgit wrote:

    It just proves once again that half the drivers cyclists on the road are of less than average intelligence.

    😆

    zokes
    Member

    We have reached a new low when even a cyclist being forced off the road is seen as 50:50 at best 🙄

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    My most recent altercation with a motorist was after he’d forced his way around me at a mini roundabout infront of another car on the roundabout, to arrive at some clearly red lights about 20 yards away a few seconds before me.

    He chastised me for not indicating. But I was going straight on.

    brooess
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    Police should get involved, he nearly knocked the cyclist off
    Car driver just needs to grow up and recognise cyclists are legally in the road, and recommended to take primary position

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    Car driver just needs to grow up and recognise cyclists are legally in the road, and recommended to take primary position

    seeing as how plenty of cyclists on here don’t seem to know about primary I can kinda understand why the majority of drivers are ignorant of it (and think cyclists are just hogging the road)

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Car driver just needs to grow up and recognise cyclists are legally in the road,

    Car driver just needs to grow up and recognise cyclists are legally in the bus lane, unlike him.

    cynic-al
    Member

    rocketman – Member

    I struggle with long sentences but although I never ride on the road the motorist-forces-cyclist-into-kerb theme seems to occur quite often here on STW

    Wouldn’t it be easier to simply bunny hop onto the pavement to avoid getting squeezed?

    It’s a brave motorist who pursues a cyclist along the pavement.

    Feel free to flame my naive suggestion

    In reality he’ll follow you along on the road. Unless you can go somewhere he can’t then he may be there for a while.

    Of course one could giv it a go. Combined with opening his NS rr door any time he stops 😎 should wind him up

    Premier Icon bigad40
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    Well done for not resolving it quietly.
    Him getting out the car like that would’ve suggested he wanted me to break his nose…

    It’s a brave motorist who pursues a cyclist along the pavement.

    Its happened before… Cyclist knocked drivers wing-mirror, driver mounts kerb and kills him, then washes his car down and books it in for repairs to cover up the evidence.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7646957/Driver-killed-cyclist-in-revenge-attack.html

    MrSmith
    Member

    If the cyclist had dabbed his brakes around the 13 second mark instead of speeding up, the whole incident would never had happened. Sometimes, it’s not just about driving according to your rights, it’s also about being considerate to other traffic.

    obvious troll is obvious

    timc
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    why is the cyclist so far out from the kerb? ie far right of the left hand lane?

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    you missed mrsmith THAT ^^^^ was obvious troll

    Premier Icon GrahamS
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    Wouldn’t it be easier to simply bunny hop onto the pavement to avoid getting squeezed?

    Not always that easy to bunnyhop sideways up a kerb – especially at speed on a road bike. Not everyone is a trials god.

    why is the cyclist so far out from the kerb? ie far right of the left hand lane?

    Perhaps taking the primary, as recommended in basic cycle training?

    amedias
    Member

    If the cyclist had dabbed his brakes around the 13 second mark instead of speeding up, the whole incident would never had happened. Sometimes, it’s not just about driving according to your rights, it’s also about being considerate to other traffic.

    yes…but…

    If the car driver had been treating the cyclist as another vehicle on the road rather than a 2nd class user to bully out of the way then he never would have even attempted that.

    would he have done that if it was a car? bus? van? milk float? no, he only did it because it was a cyclist and that’s the whole point of incidents like this, highlighting that cyclists have to ride like that because some motorists behave like that.

    And they behaviour of the driver with the horn and running the cyclist off the road afterwards is totally inexcusable.

    I’ve banged on someones car like that when they pulled a similar manoeuvre on me once, he also got shirty at me for ‘touching’ his car but when I pointed out that had I not had my wits about me and managed to swerve it would have been my nice hard, pointy bar end making contact with his car instead of my relatively soft hand he kind of got the point.

    druidh
    Member

    timc wrote:

    why is the cyclist so far out from the kerb? ie far right of the left hand lane?

    That’s a good place to position yourself to “defend” your bit of the road as you approach a narrowing. It’s a bit further out than I normally ride but I’ll take up that position when necessary.

    I usually choose not to race an overtaking vehicle to the pinch point though. That would be just stupid.

    cynic-al
    Member

    You new round here timc?

    I think I might have braked as druid suggests (for my own safety), though there would have been some impotent fist-shaking.

    If the car driver had been treating the cyclist as another vehicle on the road rather than a 2nd class user to bully out of the way then he never would have even attempted that.

    He might have. My experience is that an idiot driver is just that, an idiot driver. They will have a go at cyclists, other cars, buses, milk floats and vans.
    It’s not a them (car drivers) against us (cyclists) argument. It’s more a question of a selfish twunt being let loose in public and wreaking havoc.

    amedias
    Member

    He might have. My experience is that an idiot driver is just that, an idiot driver.

    I really doubt it, any other vehicle and that would have been a collision.

    he even acknowledged in the video that he knew he was there, and carried on anyway, that’s not stupidity or idiocy, that’s bullying.

    It’s not a them (car drivers) against us (cyclists) argument. It’s more a question of a selfish twunt being let loose in public and wreaking havoc.

    He may be a selfish twunt, but just walking down the street he isn’t as much of a danger as when in charge of a moving vehicle.

    The ‘them’ isn’t ‘car drivers’ in general, it’s ‘people that drive cars like that’, and unfortunately there are too many of them.

    rocketman
    Member

    Not always that easy to bunnyhop sideways up a kerb – especially at speed on a road bike. Not everyone is a trials god

    Agreed – but perhaps it would be a useful skill to have in the event of a situation like this

    I really doubt it, any other vehicle and that would have been a collision.

    Try driving a foreign registered car in the UK and I bet you’ll change your mind.
    EDIT:

    Agreed – but perhaps it would be a useful skill to have in the event of a situation like this

    The Vulcan Death Grip too. 😆

    tessayates
    Member

    “If the car driver had been treating the cyclist as another vehicle on the road rather than a 2nd class user to bully out of the way then he never would have even attempted that.

    Do you ever drive a car yourself, like regularly? Cars ‘bully’ other cars all the time!

    hora
    Member

    Do you ever drive a car yourself, like regularly? Cars ‘bully’ other cars all the time!

    Drive a Citroen C1- you get a certain class of male driver who thinks he can bully you…until he pulls alongside.

    amedias
    Member

    Do you ever drive a car yourself, like regularly?

    Yep, very regularly.

    Cars ‘bully’ other cars all the time!

    Doesn’t make it right though does it? And the difference with a cyclist is that ‘bullying’ is a LOT more likely to cause injury

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