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Dangerous Overtake (2)

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by JamesAC, 1 Feb 2008.

  1. JamesAC

    JamesAC Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    Yesterday RVM (RedVanMan) passes VERY close as he overtakes, then starts to pull over -- he seems not to be aware he's driving one of thoses stretched van things -- I hurl abuse (and am instantly ashamed:blush:, as mothers walking their little children to school stop and stare).

    Today, in almost the same place, BVM (BlueVanMan) passes so close that I'm astonished that my bar end hasn't got a blue smudge on it. I am so startled that I haven't time to swear: just a primeaval scream of fear or rage:angry::smile:. I catch this guy up at the traffic lights, and pull alongside his window. I tap, and gesture. I control myself, and gently point out the he has almost killed me, for no gain whatsoever (he's stuck at the red traffic light). He claims that he gave me plenty of room, so I grimly and robustly refuted his claim. The lights turned green, and off I set -- oops .. he's behind me again. He catches me up -- and holds back -- I get to a wider, clearer bit of road, move into a liberal secondary, gesture to him to pass, he trundles gently past me with a "toot toot" !!

    A result??:biggrin:
     
  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK

    Yes. He's learnt that not all cyclists are timid pushovers. Let's hope the lesson sticks for a while.
     
  3. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Good one.

    Or you cold do what I do sometimes. Keep a copy of this leaflet (http://tinyurl.com/27pxfq) and hand it over to them when you catch them up. :smile:
     
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I swear and shout every time but calm and firm is the way to go for sure, bravo
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Sounds like you should be taking the lane in this spot.
     
  6. Link not working. It says it needs a username and password. Wot does it say Mag?
     
  7. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    yeah, that works for me... good stuff, although they could perhaps do with a snappier version that fits on one sheet and doesn't look too wordy. A lot of drivers would probably think reading it was too much bother...

    Still, a handy thing to carry about. Would be good to number the paragraphs and just be able to say "read number 4!" or whatever.
     
  9. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    Arch, most drivers would gladly read it to relieve the boredom of driving...not such a good idea though when they'd be taking their eyes/braincells of concentrating on the roads though. :wacko: