Greatest advice when negotiating traffic and roads

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Matthew_T, 5 Aug 2012.

  1. Matthew_T

    Matthew_T "Young and Ex-whippet"

    I hope to make this a sticky but this is generally what I want this thread to be about: Give advice and decisions on what you think should be done in typical road situations. Either what to do at traffic lights, on a roundabout, at a blind junction, when filtering, etc.
    I will start the ball rolling:

    When a pedestrian is crossing at a set of traffic lights, they have right of way if the lights are on red>amber. However, they also have right of way if they started walking on an amber and the lights change to green. You should wait for them to finish crossing and not be an impatient person, whether cycling or driving.
  2. Octet

    Octet Über Member

    You should always stop at a red light, so no RLJ.
    If in doubt, let the car go first... the car shall do more damage then you on a bicycle.
    Miquel In De Rain likes this.
  3. Hip Priest

    Hip Priest Veteran

    Always give peds as much space as possible on shared paths, and slow if necessary.
  4. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Never assume some one has seen you and registered your presence - eye contact means nothing.

    "Right of way" is of zero consolation when you're dead. It is something you give, not something you take.

    Obey the rules of the road.

    Ride predicatably.

    Keep hydrated - up to 1 litre an hour if you're really going for it, or in hot wetaher.

    Wear appropriate kit - if you can't feel you toes because of icicles, you wont be paying full attention to what you're doing.

    Godd luck.
  5. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    To be correct. There is no such thing as right of way in the sense you use it.

    I can see this stepping on the toes of the thread and great PDF in the thread The Essential Guide For New Commuters
  6. OP

    Matthew_T "Young and Ex-whippet"

    Okey then, pedestrians have the legal priority to cross on an amber/red light.

  7. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    South Croydon
    Just priority, they don't have legal priority.
  8. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Expect the unexpected.

    Always have a backout plan.

    Don't be a dick.

  9. jazloc

    jazloc Über Member

    Don't be stupid. Just because traffic should yield for you, it doesn't mean they will.
    Pat "5mph" likes this.
  10. Always assume one of those vehicles will pull out whether they see you or not.
    Don't ride the lines on roundabouts, ride the lanes.
    Hawk likes this.
  11. OP

    Matthew_T "Young and Ex-whippet"

  12. jazloc

    jazloc Über Member

    Avoid the door zone! :B)
  13. OP

    Matthew_T "Young and Ex-whippet"

    Dont ride lines anywhere, its called being in the gutter if you do it on doubles.
  14. OP

    Matthew_T "Young and Ex-whippet"

    Apparently not from my latest video.
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