Skips, Bin Lorries, Black Cabs and other unpredictables

I am sure many others do the same but just wanted to call out what I felt are vehicles that are rather unpredictable in the movement because of the nature of their purpose.

I tend to very cautious of these unpredictables because these are not just travelling from point A to Point B. They do frequent starts and stops and sometimes makes changes abruptly. Tend to give a wide berth.

Another lot are left handed tour buses from the continent. They tend to hug the Kerb.

Saturday nights after 9pm seem to be high hazard period with party revellers and people letting their hair down and driving rather fast.
 
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arch684

Veteran
I treat all vehicles the same.I expect the unexpected
 

summerdays

Cycling in the sun
Location
Bristol
I find bin lorries are usually pretty well driven, and are used to looking out for blind spots etc, and expecting people behind them.

If anything one of the vehicles I am cautious about is motorbikes, especially at junctions/traffic lights because of their potential acceleration from zero. That said they often acknowledge your awareness of that hazard and try to look out for cyclists.
 

theclaud

Openly Marxist
Location
Swansea
I find bin lorries are usually pretty well driven, and are used to looking out for blind spots etc, and expecting people behind them.

This. Bin lorries (at least when they are collecting) are driven with the awareness, indeed the expectation, that there will be people on foot buzzing around near them. The way they are operated should be the model for large vehicles in urban and residential areas. Skip lorries, on the other hand, and cabs of all kinds, are driven execrably.
 
Everyone of them is trying to knock me off my bike, it is my job to make it extremely hard for them to do so.
Just like Whack-a-mole.

I also note the most hazardous time of the week: Sunday morning. Drivers assume that they have the road all to themselves, and are often on unfamiliar rat-run routes.
 
http://www.southwarknews.co.uk/00,news,27341,440,00.htm

A black cab driver who was caught with an ounce of cannabis was fined.

Leighton Hall, 52, had a large stash of Class B drugs on him when he was stopped by a police sniffer dog as he came out of Denmark Hill station on October 30.

Police searched him on the spot, discovered the drugs, and arrested him.

In court last Thursday Hall admitted a charge of possession and claimed he used it to treat his arthritis.
 
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