Nearly ran over a bin man .....

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by cyberknight, 17 May 2010.

  1. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Land of confusion
    As you can see from the clip i was coming along the road on the way to work about 6.30 am when a bin lorry pulls out and the bin man on the side of the road walks straight out in front of me, i should have used the airzound .....
  2. thomas

    thomas the tank engine

    hmm. Bit like an ice cream van and kids I suppose.

    Better that than having the rubbish lorry pull out in front of you.
  3. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
  4. You'll get him next time ;)
  5. Helly79

    Helly79 New Member

    well at least no one was hurt. I certainly wouldn't like a bin lorry to put out on me
  6. DrSquirrel

    DrSquirrel Guest

    You'd think they would be stepping out from behind it all day long so would learn... unless it's early and they are used to not having much around (obviously a poor excuse).

    I match your pull out, and raise you driving on the wrong side of the road. ;)
  7. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    That's nothing,I had a toddler run out in front of me and i should have it on 2 cams.
  8. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    defo like an ice cream van

    and buses
  9. OP

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Land of confusion
    Not many about at 6.30 am :biggrin:
  10. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    I always pass rubbish vans slowly. The bin men provide a very valuable service for us and have to spend much of their job walking in the road. I think you should expect them to be in the road in front of you and ride accordingly.
  11. OP

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Land of confusion
    He was on the pavement and just did not look for oncoming traffic he might be valuable but he would be dead if he trys it with a car
  12. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Perhaps he was half asleep....I remember I startled a ped on one of my 430am commutes...he crossed in front of me without looking and when he was aware I was there he said sorry....I was really sorry I startled him...his eyes were all red and he looked knackered.

    Trouble is peds esp down my road tend not to look if they dont hear a car engine noise...of which I can claim I have been guilty of doing as well.
  13. 661-Pete

    661-Pete Guest

    Well I pass the refuse truck every week on my commute (did so this morning) - it's always got its orange flasher going and the men are always wearing hi-viz. And they've got a tough job to do, they're on a tight time-schedule, and their work, of necessity, involves crossing and re-crossing the road many times.

    Honestly, seeing as I nearly always see the truck well in advance, I give them a bit of slack and drop my speed accordingly. What does it matter if I lose a few seconds?

    And once, a few weeks ago, when I happened to come upon one of these trucks on a very narrow lane, barely wider than the truck itself, the driver saw me in his mirror and went out of his way to pull over to give me room to pass. A courtesy for which I have a lot of respect.

    I think if you hit and injured a bin-man, you'd be on a poor defence.

  14. dondare

    dondare Über Member

    Given the situation, a motorist should be watching out for binmen crossing the road and taking care when passing the lorry.
    As should cyclists.
  15. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    He was probably listening for engine and tyre noise.

    A courteous tinkle of your bell would have been all that was needed.
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