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Good Driving

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  1. gembo
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    @algo, might go viral

    Posted 6 months ago #
  2. wingpig
    Member

    A taxi waited with apparent patience behind a cylist on a Christiana all the way from Russell Road to the Dalry Road exit from Murieston Crescent this morning.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  3. Lezzles
    Member

    Algo that is just too freaking adorable. What a lovely driver. But your kids face as she's whooshing along is just fab.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  4. algo
    Member

    Thanks @Lezzles - usually she's off the follow-me attachment but we were in a hurry and Kilgraston is pretty terrifying :-) Beautiful day for riding around town too....

    Posted 6 months ago #
  5. Frenchy
    Member

    I cycled down The Wisp to Niddrie Mains Road last night. The last section of this has a few blind corners and solid white lines in the middle of the road, but this doesn't normally stop drivers from overtaking. But the driver behind me last night stayed several seconds behind me the whole way along. I shouted thank you as our routes diverged (I turned right, they went straight on). This seemed to surprise them, so I hope they didn't think I was being sarcastic.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  6. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    "This seemed to surprise them, so I hope they didn't think I was being sarcastic."

    Ha - I'm always paranoid about shouting "thank you" to people in case they either think I'm being sarcastic, or worse, mishear it as "f*** you"...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  7. Murun Buchstansangur
    Member

    "Ha - I'm always paranoid about shouting "thank you" to people in case they either think I'm being sarcastic, or worse, mishear it as "f*** you"..."

    I got growled at in Slamannan for the same offence from a driver who'd pulled in a space in a line of parked cars when he probably could have bored on through. It confuses people...

    Posted 6 months ago #
  8. ejstubbs
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    Might not always be easy to achieve on a bike* but including the http://www.naden.de/blog/bbvideo-bbpress-video-plugin -->

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    * Not that that seems to stop other gestures being deployed on occasion - only under extreme provocation, of course...

    Posted 5 months ago #
  9. ejstubbs
    Member

    Hmm, that was unexpected. Hope the post still makes some kind of sense.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  10. dougal
    Member

    I've been known to BSL at people but have passed the point where I can tell whether signs are iconic to an outsider.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  11. acsimpson
    Member

    I'm not sure white van man or Taxi driver would appreciate being blown a kiss. They probably aren't too familiar with BSL.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  12. jdanielp
    Member

    The driver in the car behind me on Gilmore Place who was pulling out to overtake me despite oncoming traffic either spotted me raise my right arm or perhaps saw the oncoming traffic and decided to hold back... I'm not sure if this really counts as good driving, but at least it wasn't bad.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  13. Greenroofer
    Member

    Yesterday morning, the driver behind me on the bridge in Lasswade, who stopped without running over my rack pack when it fell off the bike into the middle of the road, then remained stopped and held up the traffic until I'd parked my bike and sheepishly scurried back to pick up the bag.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  14. the canuck
    Member

    the bus driver who blocked up the roundabout at Picardy place so i could get out of Leith street and into the lane to turn onto Broughton st. I'd been stuck there for so long, was starting to wonder if i was going to have to order food delivery...

    Posted 5 months ago #
  15. urchaidh
    Member

    The driver on Leith Walk who kept an aggressive concrete truck driver safely away from me.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  16. algo
    Member

    @urchaidh - always pleasant when someone offsets the idiots. I wonder in these situations if they are a cyclist themselves...

    Posted 5 months ago #
  17. acsimpson
    Member

    "I wonder in these situations if they are a cyclist themselves..."

    Or perhaps someone who wishes they could cycle if only their were not intimidating idiots like this.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  18. algo
    Member

    Going north up South Clerk street about to turn left down Hope Park Terrace. The usual mêlée of buses indicating to go into the bus stop and some indicating to leave, some shunting forward etc.... everyone stationary and I'm in the bus lane and make the judgement to decide to filter to a place nearer the front I can see and am confident I can get to. The vehicle in front is a skip lorry indicating left - I do not filter past the skip lorry. He sees me and pulls a bit further right and anticipates that I might try and go up the inside. I don't and give him the thumbs up which he returns and continues on his left turn. It would have been madness for me to go up the inside, but I was very appreciative that he was anticipating such potential madness. Unfortunately, I couldn't work out what the company was.

    Posted 5 months ago #
  19. Frenchy
    Member

    Normally several drivers will overtake me in the 20mph section of Peffermill Road/Niddrie Mains Road, even if I'm exceeding the speed limit myself. But none tonight. The driver behind kept an enormous gap all the way, then rolled down his window when we were stopped at traffic lights and said something that I didn't catch, but which I'm sure was friendly.

    Posted 5 months ago #

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