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Right or Wrong?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Wolf04, 18 Jul 2007.

  1. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    On my return commute I travel along a fairly fast stretch of residential road, which then curves sharp left past the entrance to a filling station, then leads to a junction which goes straight on or curves right. As I come round the first left curve I position myself in the centre of the road near white line, I indicate that I intend to turn right and cycle as quickly as I can to the junction and follow the curve to the right. It is not a hugely busy road but there is usually some traffic behind me. The drivers seem to fall into three catagories: 1. Wait patiently while I cover the whole 100 yards and turn right. 2. See my intention and undertake me. 3. Undertake while sounding horn and making non sensicle hand signals. The only alternative I could see would be to cling to the left hand side of the road and be trapped by overtaking cars. Am I doing something wrong?
    :tongue: :?:
     
  2. ChrisW

    ChrisW Senior Member

    Not according to the Highway Code or any poster on this forum.

    However according to your third category of car user, yes you are doing something wrong- you are riding a bike...ignore them!
     
  3. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Sems to me you are doing the right thing, Wolf04!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Difficult to know without knowing the road. In similar situations I'd probably ride near the centre of the lane, rather than near the centre of the road. You'll probably get overtakers, but most will presumably be disuaded by oncoming traffic.
     
  5. dondare

    dondare Über Member

    Location:
    London
    Signal your intention to turn right. Position yourself correctly and ignore those ignorant peanuts.
     
  6. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    Thanks guys!
    :tongue:
     
  7. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    if there was room for car and bike to make the right hand turn I might position accordingly but otherwise, all sounds fine
     
  8. killiekosmos

    killiekosmos Über Member

    I agree with your aproach.

    Two points: if motorists were attempting the same turn would they not signal early to ensure following traffic was aware of intentions.

    Second point, the difference in time between a car waiting behind you for a few seconds or driving at the speed limit for such a short distance would be only a few seconds, so no need for drivers to get agitated. If only more motorists appreciated that there is little time saved in any journey by driving badly.
     
  9. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Don't worry it is not you that's wrong, it is just that some driver don't think. They can't quite grasp the idea that you have just as much right to the road as they do and you need to be able to turn right as well as left.

    Some of them even seem to think that if a cyclist wants to turn right, the cyclist should pull over to the left, wait until there is no other traffic coming, then walk across the road pushing the bike. Probable because that is what they were taught to do when they were five and they haven't grown up.
     
  10. You're doing nothing wrong that I can see. The only time I get irritated with cyclists when I'm driving my artic is precisely when they don't do this kind of thing - I always want to stop and teach them how to control following traffic by dominating the lane.
     
  11. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    Location:
    UK
    :tongue: So true.

    The driving test needs a whole section on how to treatfellow road users, and that should include lorries,van,cars, motorbike and cycles. The main problem is unless you've been on the road without a steel frame around you you don't understand how scary it is when you get cut up.
     
  12. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    [quote name='Alcdrew][quote name='Hairy Jock']Some of them even seem to think that if a cyclist wants to turn right' date=' the cyclist should pull over to the left, wait until there is no other traffic coming, then walk across the road pushing the bike. Probable because that is what they were taught to do when they were five and they haven't grown up.[/quote']

    :tongue: So true.

    The driving test needs a whole section on how to treatfellow road users, and that should include lorries,van,cars, motorbike and cycles. The main problem is unless you've been on the road without a steel frame around you you don't understand how scary it is when you get cut up.[/quote]

    Maybe all drivers should be made to cycle on busy roads for a year before they can take their driving test...
     
  13. Wolf04

    Wolf04 New Member

    Location:
    Wallsend on Tyne
    Controversial, revolutionary even, but it gets my vote
    :tongue:
     
  14. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Another way would be to make people take the basic motorbike test before the car one...
     
  15. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
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