- Reporting bad driving to the Police – will I die ?
So, I finally cracked yesterday. I ride to work once/twice a week, same road, same-ish time. EVERY DAY the same van driver passes me within centimetres, at what seems to me about 80mph. Even when there is nothing coming, he won’t deviate from his path to give a cyclist room, or lower his speed.
I am starting to worry that somebody will get killed. I don’t sit that far out or kerb-hug, and try not to swerve out for potholes. But one day somebody will, and he clearly does this every day, to every cyclist. Its about the math in the end.
The Policeman asked an interesting question – “do you know the driver ?”
Well duh of course not, but now I am thinking….
They are going to have a word with him. I guess I will find out next time I ride in how he responds to this. It may have been nice knowing some of you.Posted 4 years agobrooessMember
When I spoke to a Bikeability instructor about repeat bad driving on certain roads on my commute he said “find another route”
Seems obvious really! If this guy drives like this repeatedly and you think it might be deliberate then being spoken to by the Police is, IMO unlikely to produce a “really sorry, I’ll stop doing it”. Irrespective of whether the driver may or may not know it’s you, they’re clearly unfit to be driving, so why not just remove yourself from the scene and remove the risk from your ride?Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
As a van driver, i see drivers of vans who think theyre driving fiat 500 and give cyclists hardly any space, they seem to think they must never go over the dashed white lines to overtake.
By reporting a driver his name and regt will go on a data badse and sooner rather than latter his number and name will keep cropping up, or he will injure someone.Posted 4 years agoircMember
A mirror is part of the answer. Then you see him coming. Ride 1M out from the kerb and by moving in just before he passes you turn his few CMs overtake into the best part of 1M.
Being 1M out also lets you swerve towards the kerb to avoid any potholes seen late.
Even video evidence doesn’t mean successful prosecutions.Posted 4 years agogeeMember
Not so much needing to get a grip, just after 20 years of this I’m a bit sick of it.
The most recent one a bus driver drove so close behind me then overtook me so close I had to hop onto the pavement to avoid him. He deliberately drove the bus too close to me. My irritation is more with the police insisting on corroborating stories – I bet they wouldn’t say this to a lady who reported a rape…
GBPosted 4 years agoircMember
I bet they wouldn’t say this to a lady who reported a rape…
Actually …..Posted 4 years ago
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