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Good Driving

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  1. paddyirish
    Member

    As mentioned on the spotted thread, Irn Bru truck driver followed two cyclists with trailers all the way through Kirkliston without ever trying to overtake, even though he probably could get away with it. Didn't cost him any time either...

    Posted 5 months ago #
  2. Frenchy
    Member

    As mentioned in the rubbish driving thread, following a close pass from a transit driver:

    Textbook pass from the driver of a Murray Moves van, complete with "Cyclists - Stay Awesome" sticker. I believe the owner is of this parish? Thanks!

    Posted 5 months ago #
  3. wingpig
    Member

    SB03 OJO or similar, which stuck to 20mph all the way along Lower Granton/Starbank Roads.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  4. davidsonsdave
    Member

    Network Rail van which pulled out of Sauchiebank onto Russell Road ahead of me this morning and waited patiently behind two cyclists before turning right onto McLeod St.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  5. fimm
    Member

    Lots of good driving with nice wide slow passes yesterday :-)
    (and even when a driver pulled a u-turn in front of me forcing me to jam on the brakes (I did think I was going to hit the car at one point, but didn't) the car behind me did all the honking of horns.)

    Posted 5 months ago #
  6. Ed1
    Member

    As I cycled in to edinburgh on the a71 to the ecc night out rabbies tours over took me completely on the other side of the road unlike every other pass on the a71

    Posted 5 months ago #
  7. Min
    Member

    White pickup man yesterday driving towards me outside Hibs stadium. There was a lorry parked on his side so of course I expected to get driven at rather than given way to. He gave way! Big cheery wave from me.

    White van man this morning on Minto Street splashing through the puddles and approaching a side street. There were two women walking on the pavement and I was waiting for him to soak them. Phew, he is slowing down, must be going to turn into the side street. But no, he slowed down so not to splash them.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  8. steveo
    Member

    I do hate when white van man refuses to conform to type, taxi drivers too. Its very confusing.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  9. Cyclingmollie
    Member


    As seen by Frenchy.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  10. Min
    Member

    I do hate when white van man refuses to conform to type, taxi drivers too. Its very confusing.

    I do sometimes wonder if there is some sort of man thing whereby some white van and taxi drivers feel they have to show how manly they are to male cyclists but are less inclined to act that way towards women. Therefore I often get considerate behaviour to the extent that I am not entirely sure what the fuss is about.

    Though when they are bad, they are VERY bad though. :-(

    Posted 5 months ago #
  11. adamthekiwi
    Member

    Bit late, but a few days ago I was riding laps of Arthur's Seat on the road bike. I always take primary on the climb - there's just not enough room for a safe pass of any kind - and then signal and pull into the bays when I get to them. Most drivers seem OK with this approach, and I get friendly waves from more than 50% when I do. On this particular ride, I heard a car approaching and turned round to see a silver Renault - he was stuck behind me for a wee while until I got to the second bay; still, no revving, kept a good distance. I pulled in, he passed, I got a friendly thank you wave and set off behind him. The next rider up the road was just starting the steepest ramp, and was tucked right in to the left - friendly Renault waited behind him, crawling up at the same pace, to the extent that I ended up being delayed behind the Renault. No revving, no tooting, no swearing...

    Posted 5 months ago #
  12. nedd1e_h
    Member

    The entire George IV Bridge northbound bus lane and cycle lane was completely clear of illegally parked vehicles this morning.

    Only one taxi driver had to spoil it by blocking the box-junction at the top of Victoria Tce/St.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  13. Klaxon
    Member

    The private hire driver who complimented me on my choice of bike as I locked it on Easter Rd

    He was genuinely engaged and positive as to the uprightness - 'nobody'll knock you down on that'!

    Posted 4 months ago #
  14. c30c60
    Member

    I’ve tweeted my thanks to the two Lothian bus drivers who behaved perfectly while I toiled up Minto St yesterday. Plenty of space when we stopped at the lights, then a nice bit of holding back, and lovely overtaking. And it wouldn't have cost them more than a few seconds' delay.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  15. Min
    Member

    Driver of Absolute Roofing van keeping at a very polite distance on the way up Leith Walk. I moved over when I thought it was safe for him to overtake but he thought otherwise and stayed behind a bit longer until the road got properly wide.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  16. Stickman
    Member

    Absolutely textbook from the driver of the 31 on Corstorphine Road heading into town this morning.

    I was in the front seat of the top deck so could see it all. Lots of cyclists and he held back a good distance from them all and didn't try to overtake when there were bus stops just ahead. When he did finally overtake he went fully into the outside lane and didn't pull back in until he was far past them. A bit further on he waited at a bus stop until they were well clear before pulling out. He also stopped short of the ASL at the red lights.

    I've let Lothian Buses know just how good he was. I wish I'd been able to film it as an example to others.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  17. gembo
    Member

    Today on New Street the massive Car Transporter was blocking the road. I was coming down the hill, a taxi stopped near the bottom. Flashed lights and I proceeded. As we passed each other we gave each other the thumbs up.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. algo
    Member

    I cycled back from the CommonWealth pool today - I filtered past some cars turning right onto Dalkeith Road and then did the usual East Preston Street, West Preston Street, Sciennes Place. One of the cars I filtered past was a newish blue VW Scirocco - didn't get the plate. It followed me the whole way without coming vaguely close or any attempt to overtake. I had to overtake a couple of buses which would normally be fraught with tailgating etc... I gave the driver a thumbs up as I went over to Sciennes Place which I hope they saw - really excellent driving making my life so much more pleasant.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  19. paddyirish
    Member

    Coming up to Ingliston turnoff on A8 cycle path heading Eastbound. Car was waiting to pull out. The driver saw me ready to cross and a long line of traffic coming along the A8 behind me. She reversed to allow me access to the drop curb and gave me a big cheery smile. Really brightened my morning.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  20. jdanielp
    Member

    I had to cycle along part of the sporadically busy A811 a little west of Stirling on Saturday afternoon and was very impressed with the behaviour of nearly all of the drivers who passed me. I wonder to what extent this is down to the fact that my old hybrid away trip bike now has a rear view mirror protruding to the right? None of the drivers passed while there was close oncoming traffic and most gave me a generously wide berth when they did overtake. The only two close overtakes that I experienced were both from the same driver on a quieter road in between Stirling and the A811.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  21. jdanielp
    Member

    I was increasingly incredulous that I was being followed at a respectful distance by a driver as I cycled past various parked cars as I headed south on Myreside Road, round the blind corner, up the start of the hill where I pulled into the cycle lane given that I slowed down somewhat, abd even after I turned onto Craighouse Gardens until I eventually pulled over at my destination on Balcarres Street. Turned out that the driver was in a Police car...

    Posted 6 days ago #
  22. fimm
    Member

    Two persons driving white vans followed patiently at a safe distance and then overtook well at different points on my 'long commute' this morning. I gave both a wave to acknowledge the courtesy and got a wave back from one and a flash of the orange flashing lights on the roof of the van from the other.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  23. steveo
    Member

    Turned out that the driver was in a Police car...

    Funny thing is that level of care isn't even a given these days. (see the other thread)

    Posted 5 days ago #
  24. jdanielp
    Member

    That did cross my mind briefly.

    Posted 5 days ago #
  25. Stickman
    Member

    Yesterday I noticed several different Lothian Bus drivers giving loads of space to cyclists ahead, clearly following the new council campaign advice. Well done.

    Posted 3 days ago #

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