Better than a close pass?

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by Milkfloat, 1 Mar 2019.

  1. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    This happened to me tonight, rather than close pass the vehicle decided to pass the wrong side of the pedestrian refuge and ignore the keep left sign. Nobber.
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  2. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Dangerous driving. The first successful prosecution for that due to dashcam evidence was successfully brought recently in my fair county, and the chump got a ban for his trouble.

    I mean, there are so many dash cams, cycle cams, general CCTV coverage, and Traffic Droid, about these days it makes you wonder why these chumps bother.
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  3. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Holbrooks Coventry
    A few years ago when I was commuting I saw someone almost cause a three car crash doing that. He was coming up to overtake me and suddenly realised I was traveling faster than he thought and he couldn't get past me before the pinch point and couldn't stop without hitting the keep left island.
  4. Drago

    Drago Guru

    The sooner everyone is in autonomous car the better.
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  5. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Land Rover Defender, nobber!
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  6. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    I once had one pass me at such a high speed he was within seconds of taking out the whole thing inc the car coming the other way.
  7. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    I think that most people who have been on night rides have seen a fair bit of that in the early hours. The drivers are very unlikely to be nicked, so they do it.
  8. burntoutbanger

    burntoutbanger Senior Member

    Happens to me on about one in ten of my early morning commutes. Not always the same car either.
  9. flake99please

    flake99please Make mine a '99'

    I’ve had a few lorries do similar on my 3am commute.
  10. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    I think we've all experienced the same at one time or another.
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  11. Spinney

    Spinney Bimbleur extraordinaire

    Under the Edge
    It's happened to me twice in my village, in broad daylight! No cars coming the other way either time, the bobbers just didn't want to wait.
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  12. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    I had a wagon do that to me a while back going through jedbergh, at first I thought WTF, then I thought fair enough he wasn't posing any danger to anyone, he kept it going without coming anywhere near me - 9/10

    Jed is horrible for these dangerous pinch points, I sometimes have to use that road for half a K and close passes by drivers in a panic that they may be delayed by five seconds is always a possibility.
    looks like some businesses have set up in anticipation.
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  13. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I’d rather a car do that safely than close pass

    I’ve been known to do it too on the bike when filtering and there’s no space between the ped islands and the queuing cars. Obvs not when there’s traffic coming the other way!
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  14. Vantage

    Vantage The dogs chew toy

    I had one nobber do that but on a humpback bridge over a railway line. He had nowhere to go if another vehicle had been coming the other way. Absolute madness.
  15. Drago

    Drago Guru

    It's an offence to contravene the mandatory keep left arrows on the bollards in such Islands, and while a cyclist won't suffer with their drivers licence they will get to visit a magistrate if caught doing it. It's one of the offences for which national policy is to prosecute, so a finger wagging of FPN is out of the question (its one of the acts automatically considered to be dangerous driving for motorists, it's considered that serious) and a couple of hundred quid to the beak is an expensive way to save a second or two for a cyclist (or an almost inevitable ban for a motorist).

    The reason there is no discretion over prosecution if you're caught is because pedestrians tend to use such islands as refugees while crossing, and quite naturally they're going to be looking in the direction of the traffic flow when they step out, not looking the other way for people that think the circumstances makes it ok for them personally not to have to obey the law. Don't do it under any circumstances.
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