CityCyclingEdinburgh Forum » Debate!

  1. gembo
    Member

    I know a youth who is a very terrible driver of other people's cars, he is currently in the community. I am going to check tomorrow when back at work.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. LivD
    Member

    Some contractor in a VW Transporter racing along the path towards Balgreen tram stop (from the access at the Golf club I guess) - at least 30mph I'd guess. Screeched to a crawl when he saw me and my free range toddler walking along. We had to jump into the bushes for him to pass.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  3. Frenchy
    Member

    Saw a driver overtake a cyclist on the 40mph section of Drum Street this morning. There was an oncoming car, so the overtaking driver didn't cross the central line. Slowing down not an option, either, obviously; you clearly need to get to the bottleneck in Gilmerton Village as fast as possible.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  4. Following a recent complaint to Scottish Citylink about one of their driver's nearly wiping me out at Haymarket, I emailed them this morning to say how pleased I was with the exemplary behavior of one of their drivers at the same spot this morning.

    I did think there was a "good driving" thread, but a search for it proved fruitless

    Posted 4 months ago #
  5. algo
    Member

  6. Cheers Algo

    The exact words I searched on were "Good Driving" it didn't show that thread - and still doesn't!

    Posted 4 months ago #
  7. Min
    Member

    The exact words I searched on were "Good Driving" it didn't show that thread - and still doesn't!

    Search "titles only" and de-click the "exact words" box.

    The search function isn't the best but you can work round it a bit.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  8. acsimpson
    Member

    I generally find Google to offer a better search. Just include City cycling Edinburgh in your term.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  9. Frenchy
    Member

    Cycling down the hill in Holyrood Park towards the roundabout at Dynamic Earth, I'm doing 25mph (20mph limit) but keeping a sensible gap with the car in front, which itself had two other cars in front of it. Despite that, and despite oncoming traffic, someone still overtook me.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  10. davidsonsdave
    Member

    Driver of white VW almost blocking Lower Gilmore Place yesterday around 5.20pm who then decided to completely block the road as I approached by badly attempting to park in the forecourt of Polmont Garage.

    I stopped without saying a word having already anticipated some such ignorant manoeuvre and driver (possible owner/employee of Polmont Garage(?)) immediately starts swearing at me.

    Chap is going to give himself a heart attack being so close to anger all the time.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  11. Mandopicker101
    Member

    Driver of a Black people-carrier type vehicle more or less forced his way between a pair of lady cyclists coming down Queen Charlotte Street this morning. Lady in front wasn't hammering it down the cobbles, which seemed fair enough in terms of staying upright, but the driver felt the need to offer helpful abuse along the lines of 'Why aren't you pedalling?'.

    It got interesting when the lady cyclist took exception (not unreasonably so when someone behaves provocatively in a large motorised vehicle right next to you) and firmly told him where to insert his advice. Evidently the driver didn't like some female on a bike giving it back, so a fine exchange kicked off. After some choice gesticulation he sped off, towards Commercial Street. Well over the 20mph limit.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  12. steveo
    Member

    Sociopath test:

    You are driving on a 20 mph residential back street, in front is a person on a bicycle towing a kiddy trailer at ~15mph.

    As you approach a blind corner do you:
    A) Over take
    B) Hold back

    If you answered A you’re most certainly a sociopath…

    Posted 4 months ago #
  13. Mandopicker101
    Member

    @Steveo - Once I was in a similar position, except it was the polis overtaking me and they flagged me down (mild panic, mild panic)...to suggest my rear flag could be bigger and I ought to have a lot more reflectives on the back.

    'I mean, it's just not visible when you're in a car...yeah you see you on the bike but not the trailer'

    I nodded (thinking to myself 'How close do the polis think a car should get to a bicycle's rear wheel'?). Polisman glanced inside the trailer and found....it was full of shopping...

    'Aye well, thanks anyway for your time. Have a good day' quoth the polis.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  14. Greenroofer
    Member

    The unknown driver who scraped all the paint off the nearside corner of the front bumper of our hire car while it was in a car park this morning. Of course without leaving a note of regret or apology.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  15. Frenchy
    Member

    Ouch. Hope that's not too expensive for you.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  16. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Did my annual stint of in loco parentis there, nephew over for a couple of weeks. Old enough to go proper cycling now, keen and strong too. Took him down the Dava Way from Grantown to Findhorn and he loved it.

    Thought he'd enjoy Scotland's ninth highest road, so took him over from Farr to Garbole on quiet tarmacadam. Got an insight into @algo and @Roibeard's worlds. Shouted at twice in two hours. First time for holding primary behind him as protection on a single-track road. Cost the driver five, ten seconds. Purple-faced rant as he left.

    Second time met a mobile home coming north that took the whole road. Guy shouting and swearing at a fourteen year old on a bicycle triggered my desire to kill which I think he sensed. Told him firmly to calm down and had him acting like a whipped dog. Not sure I should be proud of that but there you go.

    Met a grouse shoot at the summit. Asked if they were shooting sheep, but they were so dim they just explained why they didn't hunt sheep.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  17. dougal
    Member

    Sheep outwit them.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  18. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @dougal

    The shooters were a caricature of inbred degeneracy I have to say. Like a well-dressed special needs outing with guns.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  19. gembo
    Member

    Glorious 14th Going Round Picardy Place and environs this morning in the rain

    Posted 3 months ago #
  20. algo
    Member

    @IWRATS - well done - you command more gravitas than I - I have never manage to induce the demeanour of a whipped dog - not even a whippet dog.

    I don't know what you were thinking searching for a sense of humour in those who confuse irreverance with irrelevance...

    Posted 3 months ago #
  21. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @algo

    My favourite bit of the grouse encounter was a chap in a tweed hat booming 'He's taking a photograph!' across the moor as I took a photograph.

    I hope he comments every aspect of his life that way. I suspect he may.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  22. Stickman
    Member

    Large silver PHV who was tailgating me along the outside lane on Haymarket Terrace decided that he couldn't wait any longer so aggressively undertook me and sped through a very red light.

    I caught up with him at the next set of lights and politely pointed to my camera and said that I'd caught him running the red and could report him to police and licencing. At that point he got very apologetic and insisted it was all a mistake (it clearly wasn't - he was just desperate to get past me). He caught up with me again later and again was very apologetic.

    Going by his reaction I'm guessing some combination of uninsured/no MoT/VED/accumulation of points.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  23. ejstubbs
    Member

    I would be inclined to send the footage to the police/licensing anyway. If he really shouldn't be driving -
    which, as you say, is strongly suggested by his reaction to being challenged on his behaviour - then he needs to be got out from behind the wheel, livelihood or no.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  24. wishicouldgofaster
    Member

    Some absolute plank of a taxi driver this morning on clermiston road. Failed to give way and if that was not bad enough hazards go on for an immediate stop. The road was pretty wet and although I skidded quite a lot managed to stay on. Drivers excuse - he put his hazards on. You would think that a professional driver would realise that a big would struggle to stop safely on such a steep hill.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  25. jdanielp
    Member

    Cycling west on Gilmore Place this morning, I was mildly surprised that the driver of a faux-by-four emerging from Hailes Street bothered to give way to me based on how far away I was when it appeared. I took this as evidence that the driver was sensible. Passing between the parked cars on the left and some vehicles on the right, I became aware of it approaching behind so I decided to maintain primary since I would be turning right soon and wasn't far off the 20 mph speed limit. The driver then demonstrated that he wasn't sensible after all by sounding the horn at me and then close passing up the inside after I indicated early that I would be turning right. I raised my left arm as the vehicle passed to which the driver responded by raising his right arm. I shoutily questioned the man's driving abilities as a parting gesture before turning right.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  26. stiltskin
    Member

    Saw the aftermath of a collision between a Rolls Royce and what looked like BMW 4x4 in Orchard Road. From the positions of the cars it was very hard to see how it happened. The inevitable schadenfreude mitigated by the fact it looked like there might be some injuries.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  27. Stickman
    Member

  28. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I had a look at the crash site on Gilmerton Road. No sat-nav bump. Cast iron railings crumpled and festooned with bits of motor car. Much energy involved.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  29. stiltskin
    Member

    What that photo doesn't show is that the whole of the driver's side of the Roller was also scraped & I can't work out why they should be.

    Posted 3 months ago #
  30. Frenchy
    Member

    @IWRATS - they put the bent railings back?

    Posted 3 months ago #

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