Discussion in 'Commuting' started by dudi, 31 Jan 2008.

  1. dudi

    dudi Senior Member

    Ipswich, Suffolk
    Just got a glancing sideswipe from a car as it pulled out of a side road...
    I say glancing, I mean that he pulled out as i was passing and collided with me, pushing me over into the next lane with his wing mirror...

    First time I've ever had a collission with a moving car... quite a scary time!

    the guy was very apologetic and insisted that I check my bike over to make sure it was safe before we set off again. probably a fellow cyclist, though didn't want to admit it as he failed to se me!

    even though he nearly ran me over. nice chap.

  2. Paulus

    Paulus Started young, and still going.

    Many of the drivers who hit us are apologetic when they hit us. Both times I have been knocked off were. It is a shame that that don't look what they are doing in the first place. Glad to hear that you didn't hit the road though.
  3. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    Glad you're ok.
  4. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    What time did it happen?

    I find rushhour to be treacherous for this, and more so if it's cold and raining, like, oooh it's cold here in my lovely car, I'll runover that cyclist to make time because he looks toasty warm.
  5. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    I don't think that there is enough emphasis for learner drivers to 'sweep' the road with their eyes. As we know most cagers just look where they expect vehicles to appear.
  6. OP

    dudi Senior Member

    Ipswich, Suffolk
    It wasn't rush hour, and it wasn't even very busy... it was about 6.30pm on a well lit fairly empty stretch of "residential" road.

    Sometimes makes me wonder just how well I look for cyclists when I'm driving, I think I check quite carefully, but I guess you dont know until they're there. not that many cyclists round here.

    thankfully absolutely no damage to myself or my bike... think i may have nicked the paintowrk on the car though...
  7. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    I personally have never even once come remotely close to swiping a cyclist, or motorcylist... even when I wasn't interested in cycling.

    It really makes me wonder about people's eyesight and / or presence of mind, and think it is quite scary really.
  8. A car caught my back wheel from a turning in Stratford many years ago early in the morning and I had a right go which wasn't really a very good idea at the time as there was a car full of dodgy characters at the time.
  9. Abitrary

    Abitrary New Member

    I find a real problem is making eye contact with the driver. If it is quiet, then no problem; the driver construes it as 'you stay right there'.

    However, if it is busy junction, and a lot of people are giving way, letting people out, sometimes they construe it as 'go ahead, I'm giving way'.
  10. A good tip at a junction is to cover the brakes and maybe even apply them a little, but keep on pedalling, against the brakes if necessary. If you freewheel it looks as if you're slowing down and some drivers misconstrue this as you giving way to them
    Glad you're ok Dudi, by the way.
  11. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    ooh, good tip!
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    quiet roads are dangerous roads in my experience, and too many drivers do not think to even consider anything smaller than a car, they simply don;t look for them

    and in my accidents people have been polite at best, never that sorry, that might be a natural reaction to me waving my arms around and shouting a lot in fairness
  13. frog

    frog Guest

    When I started cycling years ago a chap told me the mile at the beginning and end of a journey was the most dangerous time. Either their brain hasn't got into 'I'm driving' mode or they're thinking about what they're going to do once they get to the destination.

    Either way it makes urban, residential, areas a very dangerous place. Over they years his bit of knowledge has saved my bacon on a lot of occasions.

    Great Tip RT! It's all about perception isn't it.
  14. pompey

    pompey New Member

    Good point about eye contact - I agree that making contact can often be wrongly interpreted. I tend to cover the brakes and keep an eye on the front wheel of the car, which is the easiest way to tell if a car is inching forward.
  15. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    indeed frog, excellent point, I make a point of raising my game when driving on the last mile, it amazing how your mind starts thinking about slippers and a a hot drink and what you;re going to do next

    free wheel, what's that? I thought sir kept his legs moving to stop lactate something building up?
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