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Stupid undertake this morning...

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by the reluctant cyclist, 16 Apr 2008.

  1. the reluctant cyclist

    the reluctant cyclist Über Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    I was cycling along this morning, minding my own business and obeying all the rules - you know the usual Wednesday morning stuff!

    I had just gone straight over at a junction where there is one lane for left and one lane for straight on - I was going straight on so was in the straight on lane. These are very small lanes and the cars turning left have a habit of pulling out into the right so it's a bit cramped for all the cars going straight on and I was the only one in the lane anyway.

    Just after I do my straight on bit I have to turn right so I tend to keep over to the right and start signalling nice and early. I checked behind me and I could see a 4X4 quite a long way back so kept over to the right and stuck my arm out - nice and clear and straight - you could have hung your washing on it!

    Anyway, I am just a few feet away from the right turn (still signalling) when I feel the 4X4 (BMW X5) rush past me on the inside (where there really wasn't enough room to do it safely) to get past. Okay thinks me - bit stupid and gave me a bit of a wobble but fair enough - I'll get over it! Next thing I know the 4X4 is cutting up in front of me TO TURN RIGHT - directly in front!

    I couldn't believe it - slammed on the brakes to avoid going into said 4X4 and turned right myself - stupid 4X4 then had to wait at the end of road for the traffic (for a change) and I was at this point on the pavement on the other side of the road (before you all start - off the bike I have to get off to cross the Hagley Road on the crossing - not pavement cycling at all!!!!) shouting at her that she was a stupid cow and what did she think she was doing - lots of "Oi's" from me but complete blanks from her!

    I was so angry - god I wish I had had a helmet camera - I don't understand where people get off on manoeuvrers like this!

    I know you are not supposed to "loose it" at the side of the road and all that but hopefully seeing me (albeit out of the corner of her eye) ranting and raving will make her think a tiny bit before doing it again - although probably not as BMW x5's and thinking don't usually go together! :biggrin:
     
  2. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Location:
    Barmy in Barming
    Once again another black (bmw) 4x4 driven by a woman* who has the road sense of frightened rabbit.

    * sorry for the stereotyping, but the majority of my bad experiences with 4x4's are driven by women. However I do acknowledge that the male of the species who also drive such machines are also more often then not bully's on the road.
     
  3. lol, it's funny that. I've even knocked on car windows in the past to try and have a word with foolish drivers and they haven't noticed me!!
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Sounds nasty, TRC. Glad you're OK.
    You're from brum aren't you? Is the traffic mental on your commute?
     
  5. OP
    OP
    the reluctant cyclist

    the reluctant cyclist Über Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    Yup - the traffic is mental. I have been knocked off twice recently and keep changing my route to try and go on quieter roads but my route keeps getting longer and longer and not actually any better.

    There is definately a "must overtake" mentality and I have found in the last couple of years that drivers are taking more and more risks around me.

    I so wish there could be a short government campaign in advertising to inform drivers what is and isn't legal for us to do. I genuinely think that a lot of them think we are not allowed to ride on the road etc etc.

    I very occasionally take the Hagley Road because it is my quickest route home and I feel like I am taking my life into my own hands on here.

    Birmingham is a big city and very busy and I can't see things getting any better and I am not a massively rushed or aggressive cyclist in any way - quite happy to wait in queues etc but at least once a week something like this happens!
     
  6. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    Came up to lights at a T Junction this am at the end of a dual carriageway. Nice wide road. At the lights the outside lane splits into two(as the inside lane is used for cars going right). However, it's never a busy road and the cars tend to stop in the middle lane to go straight on. If they go on the inside lane, you see, they have to cut back into the middle lane anyway about ten yards further anyway as they reconverge.

    There I am, approaching the lights, pootling along the centre of the inside lane (now the third) all safe in my big space with cars staying in the middle and outside lane.

    WHEN...A Black Range-Rover with tinted windows went past me a foot away and, 2 secs later pulled up at the lights on the INSIDE LANE!!! MY LANE!!! Obviously to get a head-start on the cars in the middle.

    OK, I thought, bit close and rather selfish but I'll just go and sit in front in secondary (I know the light sequence). Won't get worked up. Not worth the hassle. Enough room for them to safely get past me and join the middle lane.

    As I pedalled past I SAW A LITTLE PLUM LADY TEXTING FURIOUSLY AT THE WHEEL.

    The combination of things then wound me up - the overtake, the stopping on the inside and the texting. I pulled a couple of yards ahead and stared at her. For 20 secs. Then she looked up at me and I made a "no mobile use" sort of sign. She looked angry and started waving me away.

    I then wheeled in front of her so she could not speed on as the lights changed. I carried on at 10 mph. Looked back saw her filter into the middle lane (and giving me the middle-finger).

    I gave her a wave (I wear mittens and couldn't reciprocate). She then went into the inside lane to turn RIGHT 20 yards on.

    I was really disappointed as I was hoping to meet her again at the next reds (only about 40 yards on).

    I gave her a wave as I pootled along and boy did she look unhappy.

    And the moral? I felt good afterwards about not swearing, doing a rude sign and just smiling.
     
  7. Maz

    Maz Guru

    You're not kidding. I'm scared to even drive on that road.
     
  8. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    That should have read "plump lady" not "plum lady".
     
  9. PBancroft

    PBancroft Senior Member

    Location:
    Winchester
    It read fine as it was. Good story too. I love the idea of people getting so wound up over things they could have easily avoided.
     
  10. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    It happens even when you aren't having a go - I had the devil of a job persuading one lady not to drive off with no lights on back in the dark nights.
     
  11. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Volvo with old couples in tend to be one of my bugbears.

    2 days ago. I'm turning right from a minor road onto a major road. I can see that 15 yards away theres a parked car I'll have to pass and another 20 yards on theres a central traffic island.

    So as I'm waiting for a gap to pull out, 2ft from the centreline, Mr Volvo pulls up to the stop/give way line at my left, indicating right :thumbsup: :smile: (this kinda gives me a different indication....)

    I pulled away fast and assumed a road position suitable to pass the parked car. Got past the car, pulled back into a primary ready for the island to find Mr Volvos bonnet is now starting to pass my RHS, with the island looming.

    Checked there was nothing coming and strengthened the primary by moving further out. . .

    He backed off, but shouldn't have put me in that situation in the first place.
    ;)

    That was when I noticed the yoof, on the pavement, on a hybrid that wanted to race....:?: :biggrin:
     
  12. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Try knocking while wearing an armoured gauntlet, preferably with diamond tipped studs on the knuckle. Or when you happen to be carrying that big adjustable spanner you need for your wheel nuts...:tongue:
     
  13. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    sounds shitty

    I have two junctions where being passed on the inside where drivers used the left hand turn to get a quick getaway is a regular thing

    anyone passing a cyclist on the inside from the left hand turn lane should lose their licence, it's that unecessary and dangerous
     
  14. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    I remember one particular one sided conversation.

    Gentle knock on window. Glanced, then blanked me, looking resolutely forward. Another gentle knock, followed by "Oi, mate" and the 'wind your window down' movement, still blanked, so "Your back tyres going flat, back right tyre, you're losing air, do you know? You want to sort that out, yeah?"... still blanked, so shrugged and cycled off.
     
  15. MER Veteran

    MER Veteran New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road
    Where's BentMikey?

    The judges decision is final.
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