Two wheels bad - two legs good?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by CotterPin, 22 May 2008.

  1. CotterPin

    CotterPin Senior Member

    Has anyone else had a similar incident as this?

    Yesterday coming up to a roundabout - I was going to take the second exit and I should have been further out in my lane but it's usually fairly quiet so I was just tootling along in secondary.

    Car overtakes me fairly close and then cuts me up to take the first exit. But then stops to allow some pedestrians to cross the road, effectively boxing me in. :biggrin:

    Am I being paranoid or have other people had experiences when they've seen a driver do something stupid around them but then gone on to behave impeccably to some pedestrians later on?

    I am not saying pedestrians shouldn't be given priority but I was just a little bewildered that he followed the Highway Code which says you should give way to pedestrians crossing a side road but hadn't bothered about the bit about giving cyclists room when overtaking.

  2. spindrift

    spindrift New Member


    A vehicle overtakes you, then slows to allow a turning car through. Sometimes the turner sees you and stops, sometimes they don't, but the driver of the first vehicle must think the cyclists suddenly ceases to exist once overtaken!
  3. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Should have opened his tailgate, if you'll pardon the expression! :biggrin:
  4. Yes, this is exactly the way some drivers seem to think. It's like when they cut you up, and you catch 'em for a good talking to later on - they sometimes look amazed at the fact you've caught them, with a look on their face that says "Can't be you, I've overtaken you - how can you be here". Wierdos.
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    This is certainly not unusual behaviour towards cyclists. There is a well known, but unspoken of pecking order on the roads:

    Smart Cars
    Sinclair C5s
    Powered Wheel Chairs
    Unpowered Wheel Chairs
    Skate boards
    Roller blades
    Creepy Crawlies
  6. Origamist

    Origamist Guru

    I can't believe you forgot that pederasts rank higher than cyclists, Dom.
  7. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Or... Car behind you flashes lights at car waiting at side road in front of you, car at side road pulls out right into you. What, am I not even here?
  8. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Buses :biggrin:
  9. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Single deck, low floor, double deck or bendy?

  10. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Are you sure cyclist come that high up the pecking order Dom??
  11. dantheman

    dantheman Über Member

    what about squirrels???

    i think some drivers would rather run a cyclist over than damage their car on a stationay object, if they had to hit something, or even if there was just a small chance... Luckily, i havent come across many..
  12. Red squirrels or Grey
  13. I wouldn't be too sure of this. I get plenty of grief (in my artic, that is) from car drivers who see me as a large slow vehicle in their way. The roads are for cars, and even artics come a good long way down in the pecking order.
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