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Mis-directed anger in Brum

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by GrahamG, 31 Oct 2007.

  1. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Bizarre incident yesterday morning. I see a guy cycling in who I've seen a number of times before (this is unusual in brum!), but he never returns my 'morning!' because he cycles with a whistle in his mouth (!).

    Get to a busy junction with the outer ring road where there is always traffic and a bus lane disappears meaning the road narrows into two lanes. I've slowed down to filter carefully between the two lanes behind a motorbike. He bombs along in the gutter whilst a taxi slowly moves over to stay in the left lane after merging with the bus lane. Screach of brakes, the cyclist declares the taxi driver a "f***ing twat" and comes round to the drivers side to tell him to look in his mirrors.
    I'm absolutely flabbergasted at this point and just said, "mate - you were undertaking!" at which point he rode off.

    This guy is wearing lycra shorts, a luminous yellow waterproof jacket and a helmet.......

    F**kwit. I wish I'd pulled him up 'cos the daft bugger will get in a bloody accident the way he's going but I was just too astonished at his attitude that he was totally in the right!
  2. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    York, UK
    Did the taxi driver see your reaction? If so, that may go some way to persuading him that not all cyclists are like that...

    You could try riding up behind him one day, with an airzound....
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    ...he'd end up swallowing his whistle like Wheezy the penguin from Toy Story.
  4. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    Taxi driver should have looked in his mirrors. He'd have failed his driving test for that.

    Cyclist should have been more aware of the possibility too.
  5. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    I just looked at the cab driver (elderly guy who seemed not to care) and shrugged my shoulders.

    The response just really took me by surprise as he was a middle aged bloke, the type you can picture driving a silver Audi and yet he seemed to think that drivers have some duty of care to undertaking cyclists approaching from their blind spots.

    Ah well, on a positive note, a car overtook me with 1" to spare (if that!) the night before - I caught up and just told him calmly that was 'a bit scary' and I needed more room. He apologised and we both waved each other off.
  6. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    if the lanes merged then both vehicles are responsible I'd have thought

    and if the cab didn't see the bike then he's largely to blame
  7. CotterPin

    CotterPin Senior Member

    See this quite a lot, I am afraid - the holier than thou cyclist who thinks everyone else should be looking out for them.

    There was one this morning coming through the City of London, effing and blinding at every car that was in his way and every pedestrian that tried to cross the road, as he trundled through all the red lights.

    Part of me is grateful that he is a cyclist. Think how much more damage he could do behind the wheel of a car!
  8. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    North Somerset
    I haven't seen that one.

    I'm still trying to find a successor to the idiot who undertook me twice on Bristol street in stationary traffic, then rode straight into the back of a car.
  9. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Lets just say that the cab had 90% merged and only moved over about a foot and at about 5 mph....
  10. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member



    Graham was there and saw what happened. The taxi was in front, the bike came from inside behind. The only reason for your nonsense is that the taxi had 4 wheels.
  11. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk

    Wrong. You need to check your mirrors before you perform a manouevre. I also drive a car. I wouldn't move off my line of travel without checking that it's safe to do so - this is basic good driving.
  12. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    I also reckon the cyclist was in the wrong.
  13. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Sounds rather like both of them made mistakes.
  14. ChrisW

    ChrisW Senior Member

  15. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    So do I.