Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by brother, 26 Apr 2010.
This is a good idea :
As seen alongside:
Yes, a good idea, but it is asking people to do something they should be doing anyway - someone with more time on their hands than me will quote the HC.
I won't look it up but it'll be something like "overtaking must be done only in a safe manner and only when it is safe so to do".
There is no "right to overtake". So Patience is the order of the day IMHO.
You have to wonder about any organisation in the UK which has not yet converted to metric measurements.
Depending on the situation, three feet isn't that much.
I'd be much for something which encourages driver to get into the other lane to overtake.
Like all of the breweries?
It all depends on the width of the road. On the roads I usually cycle on, three feet and the driver would hit the hedge.
So cars shouldn't be overtaking you then. The way you ride on those roads is in primary with frequent shoulder checks & when you see a car approaching find a place to pull into.
Hmmm. 3 feet might be fine at 20 or 30 mph in town.
A 40-tonner passing you at 60 on a single-carriageway windy A road would be a different matter. 3 feet's nowhere near enough.
Yes, I know they're not meant to be doing 60, but they do. And they don't like braking or changing gear to pass.
"And if everyone complied, there would never be another collision."
I'd dispute that. When a flat-fronted vehicle passes me at around 3 feet, at speed, on a windy day, it can take a lot of skill to avoid being pulled towards it by the suction it creates (this also causes caravans to "snake" on motorways - I'm not imagining it).
It would be entirely possible for a cyclist to be passed at 3 feet, but then be sucked under the wheels of a large vehicle. But it'd be alright because the driver had left a 3-foot gap.....?
+1 for you comments... Any large vehicle, dumper trucks, coaches need to be much further away.... as a minimum.
i am only little and a lorry passed me i could have touched it. it sucked me in as it passed luckily the driver behind me was more considerate as i wobbled all over the road trying to maintain my balance. we were out cycling with our children and a car tried to get inbetween us all to turn at a junction he tried to weave in and out and got more than he bargained for when my hubby told him to get out of the car ! our children were really unnerved by the experience
I thought when the HC says to give as much room as you would a car, it means to overtake a cyclist AS IF you were overtaking a car. Not leave the same GAP between yourself and the cyclist as you would a car (ie brushing the wing mirror in some places). So a car would effectively move into the other lane on a narrower road for a cyclist.
And milkmen and milkwomen.
He he, I'd like to see you enforce that in Central London...
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