Will motorists and cyclists ever see eye to eye?
I was almost touched by a car that squeezed through at circa 15mph last week. Im talking soo close that normally you'd fall off out of shock. Anyway caught up with the car at the lights and asked them why. Reason? "I shouldn't have been in the way".
This week, woman in town (she had her drivers window open)- I said 'slow down you will live longer'….noticed the fag in her hand and I added 'ah maybe not'. (she HEARD this) 😆Posted 7 years ago
LOL @ hora
I know its easy to get on your high horse and tell a story in your favor but there is some shocking driving out there and driving attitudes – Got to get from A to B as quick as possible.
However of late I have seen some shocking cycling – It seems to be people who however look like they never had cycling proficiency as school 🙂Posted 7 years agonukeSubscriber
Personally I just think commuting on the roads whether that be as a cyclist or driver is a generally unenjoyable potentially stressful experience. Those drivers who don't see eye-to-eye with cyclists will more than likely not see eye-to-eye with any other road user.Posted 7 years ago
Oh no he said "he and his brother both cycle and has never seen such a thing before" i.e. anger and swearing. Hmm prob just taka trail for him then?
"Will the guy who's window I hit this morning when I had a hissy fit think all cyclist are dicks?"
Probably – he wont think oh that was a bad piece of driving – yes loosing your rang probably isn't a positive for cyclists but its hard to keep it calm when you have the willies when the car nearly takes you with it 🙁Posted 7 years agoscruffMember
I had the same yesterday, 'defensive cycling' up to a mini roundabout where people often squeeze past, 4×4 man comes round anyway so Im millimeters from his bumper, he then gives me the V's. I catch up with him in 2 minutes, tap on his window and ask him why he stuck the V's. He vented many reason including-
-Me taking up too much room
-Cutting the island (I didnt)
-No cyclist insurance
-me being a ****
I kept calm when I really wanted to thump him in the side of his head, just where his stupid Blue Tooth ear growth was.
He shouted *p1ss off* at me as we parted.Posted 7 years ago
I think it mostly due to people "having to get infront of the precieved SLOW cyclist" to get from A to B ASAP. Once you are passed their wing mirror then its "out of sight, out of mind". Most people seem to drive in AUTO mode (I am guilt at times) but why can't people say "oh, sorry yeh you might have a point there" – a lot of people think they are in the right all the time – If I am in the wrong I try and make a point of owning up/appologising 🙂
I have also noted that since the clocks have changed and the sun is out – joe public are in a state of "increased brownian motion" 🙂Posted 7 years agoTiger6791Subscriber
This is a good thread.
When I'm cycling on the road cars pass too near and I generally don't like it and don't like the way UK drivers (generalising) treat cyclists.
When I’m in the car I bloody hate slow lycra clad sperm heads taking up my road!!
So depending on my vehicle I can't even see eye to eye with myselfPosted 7 years agophutphutendSubscriber
Last week I ended up getting cut up twice within 100 yards. On a mini roundabout, I kept going straight to avoid getting run over but someone still tried to overtake me. The other case was the same as you, indicating to get around a parked bus, but a 4×4 driver decided to block my way and try and knock me off.
All ended in a stand up row at a roundabout a mile up the road. Two guys shouting at me, me shouting back. One guys argument was that I'm on a bike and he's in a car, so I have no rights! I love that argument, why doesn't he just drive over the top of me then?
Then another driver pulled up to help defend me, saying that he'd seen me get cut up twice and that I was in the right, indicating clearly both times and just standing my ground.
Fianally the 4×4 driver, who told me he was a roadie, kinda realised he fu**ed up. He wouldn't apologise but held his hand out for me to shake adding, "I'm not really a prick, you don't think I'm a prick do you?". Brilliant!
Basically, the attitude of the guy who said that he was in a car so more inportant is the problem. Bikes are slow and to be overtaken, even if thet're not slow and overtaking is dangerous, they are a hindarance to their forward progression.
There will always be some conflict. So, accept it and just try to stay safe.Posted 7 years agoroger_mellieSubscriber
I don't agree with moving in to the middle of a lane to try and prevent an accident. You restrict the view of the road ahead for the car driver behind you, which in turn limits their options and makes them more frustrated. I followed a group of roadies last night who had split up into groups of half a dozen or so (v helpful), but who also went from 2 or 3 abreast to single file when they thought it was safe for me to pass on the straights. It would have been less frustrating for me if they had left the decision on when to overtake up to me (as I am a perfect driver :-))Posted 7 years ago
I think some motorists will always hate cyclists though.Tiger6791Subscriber
But think about it, your on a bike and you see somebody 400 yards ahead on a bike not as good. Think Raleigh Shopper or Apollo
You brain says "they are not as good as me, chase 'em down and pass 'em them, do it! do it!"
It's just how we work. That is why I'm now a buddhistPosted 7 years ago
Commuting this morning – V. badly cut up (IMHO) by overtaking motorist down a hill, car parked on left etc etc. Moved into middle of lane to prevent an accident i.e. 2 car and bike pile up – driver (possibly maliciously) overtakes even though car comming on opposite side. I thumped on the side of the car it was so close. Argument insues – I cycle off – he follows me for a while – I stop – arguments resarts – then he speeds off nearly running over my foot as I was leaning on his open window.
I know I was in the wrong by swearing and getting angry but it always presses by anger button when I nearly loose my life or a limb.
Will some motorists always hate cyclists?Posted 7 years agofreegan bikefascistSubscriber
I commute through Antwerp in Belgium. Up here there is a critical mass of bike riding, not in the militant sense, it's just that cycling is Belgium's national sport (if they have one) and just about everyone gets out on a bike once in a while. This leads, IME to considerably more empathy shown by car drivers towards cyclists than in other cities I have lived in.
ofc there are always morons remaining on both sides of the fence but the more people that ride and drive (even if they only ride a little) the safer the whole situation becomes.
you want to see the other side of the coin, try Amdsterdam, there you'd struggle to drive a car around anywhere, there's so many bikes!Posted 7 years agomattkMember
I love these threads.
There always seems to be plenty of people ready to launch themselves kung fu style through the passenger window and show any aggresive teh car driver the error of their ways.
Bicycles (with an average speed of say 15mph) on the road are always going to be considered an annoyance, so convincing other road users that we have every right to be on the road will always be an uphill struggle.
But do wonder how many cyclists thank the nice car drivers?
I mean, sure, i've had my fair share of arguments with bluetooth headset wearing middle managers driving their BMW shaped penis extensions. But when a car driver is couteous and waits behind me before overtaking when it's safe to do so i always give them a raised hand as a thank you, and alot of the time will get an aknowledgment back from the car driver. now surely this must have a positive effect on that car drivers opnion of cyclists.
So could the answer be 'we all need to be nicer' and perhaps show our appreciation when a car driver gets it right?Posted 7 years agostumpy01Member
I always try & do as mattk says & thank patient people in their cars who wait for a safe overtaking opportunity, don't pull out of that 50/50 T-Junction etc.
I hope that they remember it the next time they meet a cyclist and behave in the same way again.
It is annoying though when you come across the motorists who think that you have no right to be on the road and they must get past you as quickly as possible, regardless of how dangerous it is.Posted 7 years agoTandemJeremyMember
mattk – Member
But do wonder how many cyclists thank the nice car drivers?
Me – I do frequently.
I also try to remember to spoilt he idiots in cars day more than they spoil yours – so politely point out the error of their ways, a choice insult if appropriate and cycle off whistling and laughing at them.
Don't let it get to you. Don't lose your temper of let it rankle.Posted 7 years agoacjimMember
Now that I commute for an hour each way I've lost nearly all of my rage (used to be a proper red mist idiot) and the only thing I do get animated about are licensed vehicles (buses, taxis etc) even then I'll only make a comment (no insults) and then send an email to their bosses. Had a couple of calls out of this so hoepfully those drivers will get a flea in their ear.
Riding defensively and thanking/acknowledging other vehicles helps as the drivers see you more as a vehicle/human and less as a lycra clad obstacle (this doesn't tend to work for the generally stupid types that shouldn't have a license in the 1st place)
IMO/IME getting aggravated on the road leads to more incidents as you increase the risk level / chase down cars etc etc – stay zen kids!Posted 7 years agoNotterSubscriber
This problem will be with us forever unfortunately and is why I will hardly ever cycle on the road.
Now if we had proper cycle lanes / routes, covering all areas then we'd be making progress.
At least by sticking to the dirt I know that if I get damaged it's probably my fault (unless it's a badger's fault for sitting in the middle of a trail and forcing me off the singletrack 😉 )Posted 7 years ago
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