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Cyclist leapt for safety on Blackfriars bridge

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by jefmcg, 7 Aug 2012.

  1. jefmcg

    jefmcg Über Member

  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Hmm,

    There is a very strong case for not using the cycle lane and sticking to the main road at that junction - just enforces my view in that cycle lanes aren't worth the paint on the road.
     
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  3. Drago

    Drago Blue Veined Member

    That's what happens when you "thought" they'd seen you. Assumption is the mother of all unpleasantness.

    Pleased the Lass lives to fight another day.
     
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  4. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I read that too - you can't think people see you. Certainly had one this morning - they sometimes see you, but still pull out/turn. Well worth riding as traffic at junctions like that. Many cyclists think these painted lanes actually mean something - they don't - she shouldn't have even been at the side of a big truck to start with, lane or not.
     
  5. psmiffy

    psmiffy -

    Location:
    Midlands
    ditto - the few times ive been that way in the past few years ive inched myself into the traffic - the layout is very similar to what you you see in many european countries - however, without any protection for cyclists - inevitable that there will be incidents
     
  6. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    Would be interesting to see how she takes this junction following the incident.
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    Location:
    South Manchester
    She even mentions she saw it indicate. I'd let the truck go.
     
  8. Miquel In De Rain

    Miquel In De Rain No Longer Posting

    North side of the bridge I take it...The layout is bloody awful and dangerous.Not impressed.

    IMHO.

    I cycled there one Saturday night a year or two ago and there had been two accidents involving cars and a bus.
     
  9. Mike!

    Mike! Über Member

    Going down the inside of a large vehicle whether it's indicating or not is asking for trouble, don't blame the road!
     
  10. Miquel In De Rain

    Miquel In De Rain No Longer Posting


    Did this person go down the side of the vehicle though or did the lorry just overtake and throw a left?

    Would agree,looks like I didn't read the article properly?
     
  11. Mike!

    Mike! Über Member

    A quote from the text on that link;

    On reaching the red traffic lights at the junction of Blackfriars Bridge and Victoria Embankment I stopped behind three or four cyclists in the cycle lane, waiting to go straight ahead. I was next to next to a truck as were the cyclists ahead of me. The truck was indicating left.

    Don't get me wrong, i'm more than glad she wasn't seriously hurt or worse but....
     
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  12. Miquel In De Rain

    Miquel In De Rain No Longer Posting

    I know,I didn't read it properly.Sorry.:whistle:

    The thing is I see this sort of thing all the time and I guess so does everyone else.
     
  13. Mike!

    Mike! Über Member

    Me too, even in Sleepy Suffolk!

    People really need to take responsibility for their own safety by actually looking at their surroundings rather than following others or road markings / traffic signals etc like sheep and assuming everyone else will get out of their way.

    Minor rant over ^_^
     
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  14. psmiffy

    psmiffy -

    Location:
    Midlands
    I agree with the post above that she might have been more circumspect - however - the layout encourages cyclists to think that left turning traffic will give way - which it probably does on many occasions - ive noticed in London that 1) cyclists often just follow the lead 2) taking a more cautious approach often leaves one open to abuse from the cyclists behind
     
  15. Hip Priest

    Hip Priest Veteran

    I know that, and you know that, but many inexperienced cyclists make the not unreasonable assumption that if they're in a cycle lane, they're ok. Therein lies the problem with our cycling infrastructure.
     
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  16. Miquel In De Rain

    Miquel In De Rain No Longer Posting

    I think I didn't really want to believe that she went on the inside of a lorry.I wasn't there so I can't really see for myself what went on though.
     
  17. dellzeqq

    dellzeqq pre-talced and mighty

    Location:
    SW2
    this is exactly the case. Susie takes this route every day (and I accompany her when I can). You have to be circumspect.

    Having said that...the truck driver didn't look.
     
  18. sabian92

    sabian92 Über Member

    If you keep riding like that you should expect to be run over. A 40 tonne lorry won't even flinch if it runs somebody over, so -10 points for her assuming. What's that phrase - assuming makes an ass out of you and me? An (almost) dead ass in this instance. :sad:

    It sounds like (as much as I sound like a total arse here) her own fault. You ride down the inside of a lorry and things like this happen.

    I'm glad she's OK but she's so bloody stupid for riding up the inside then carrying on straight ahead when she saw it indicating left.
     
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  19. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    To be frank, so does the highway code:

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070332

    183

    When turning
    • keep as close to the left as is safe and practicable
    give way to any vehicles using a bus lane, cycle lane or tramway from either direction
     
  20. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    can we share a moments silence for ruth's bike...


    :blush:



    :angry:



    :sad:



    :eek:




    :huh:





    :cry:




    thank you [sniff]
     
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