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  • Started 7 years ago by Stepdoh
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  1. dougal
    Member

    If I had to hang around behind every bad driver on the road I'd never get anywhere.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @neddie is correct. Think of the vehicle as a loaded gun.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  3. ARobComp
    Member

    Smoking man in tiny car turning from Henderson Road into stockbridge past pizza express who almost took me out completely as had just not looked/assumed that he had a right filter. I was coming out from the WOL path and heading straight ahead.

    He just jinked and swerved around me. Happened so fast I didn't really have time to react much more than jump for my brakes (which in that situation would have actually made things worse I think.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  4. fimm
    Member

    I was about to post a link to this when I realised that it is already posted here. However I would just add that no one else has noted that one reason why the cyclist is so far out on the way down the hill is that the road surface is absolutely shocking on the inside. I go down that hill a lot and I would take pretty much the same line as shown in the video even though I am then heading for Gorgie Road.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  5. dougal
    Member

    Had an unsteady load on the back of my bike so I was being careful and steady, for which I got punishment-passed. When I objected the driver who had been in such a hurry to get past stopped in the middle of the road and claimed he was a cyclist himself. Aye, you and your spaniel both.

    Do people think "I'm a cyclist myself" works as a rhetorical device? It's either (a) disingenuous nonsense which nobody believes anyway or (b) even worse they actually are a cyclist but just proven themselves to be a dangerous/murderous one.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  6. algo
    Member

    I think it means they are a cyclist in the same way as I am still the under 14 100m freestyle champion.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  7. chdot
    Admin

    (@HumzaYousaf)
    03/07/2018, 8:14 am
    If you are an org or individual with a justice interest let me know - keen to start following more justice related accounts!

    https://twitter.com/humzayousaf/status/1014044585562181632

    Posted 4 months ago #
  8. jdanielp
    Member

    The driver who went around the Road Closed sign blocking their lane on Gray's Loan as it passes over the canal bridge, only to find that the road was blocked ahead by large scale road works. I jumped off my bike, pushed it via the pedestrian route and enjoyed a quiet cycle on the far side.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  9. Kenny
    Member

    Was overtaken on Maybury Road today, directly at an island towards the north end, during rush hour. I wasn't particularly close to the kerb because I was deliberately taking position to stop people doing that (usually works just fine), but holy cow, I jumped. Amazing that they could not wait the 2 extra seconds. Well, not really amazing, I guess. Some people just have little awareness.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  10. acsimpson
    Member

    Kenny, that's one of the worst spots on my commute. I normally go onto the pavement there because I value my safety more than obeying the law. This means that I take a deliberately wide line. On the approach I signal right before swinging out. This seems to normally have the desired effect of stopping drivers flooring it to get past before the pinch, however there are some real muppets out there and worryingly some of them are driving trucks for a living.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  11. Frenchy
    Member

    Driver of a small beige car with (I think) license plate SB64 UVN, who tailgated a cyclist all the way down Drum Street whilst apparently paying more attention to their phone than to controlling the tonne of metal they were in charge of.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  12. Kenny
    Member

    I should likely do that too @acsimpson but I’m sometimes too stubborn. Shouldn’t be, there’s only one loser if something happens.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  13. acsimpson
    Member

    I do sometimes loose my calm in a semi dangerous way. If a car pulls alongside me before realising their idiocy at the first chicane I'll hold them behind me until the second one. I know I shouldn't but when blood is boiling it's hard not too.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  14. dougal
    Member

    The white van driver would have noticed that we were halfway across the zebra and that he should stop if he weren't counting cash in his lap instead of watching the road.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  15. gembo
    Member

    I used flat of my hand, hand signal to prevent an overtake from a driver I could hear revving behind me. Once the car he would have smashed into had passed I then waved him through. Perhaps this should be in the successful use of peloton hand signal thread?

    Posted 4 months ago #
  16. Stickman
    Member

    The drivers going from Torphichen St to Morrison Link who continued driving towards the guy struggling to push his wheelchair across the road. At least they swerved around him.

    Absolute *****.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  17. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    MMW to Forest Road, I chickened out when I saw it was a NWH dump truck. I'd be dead if I hadn't.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  18. Ragingbike
    Member

    This is probably the scariest close pass ive ever seen. You can rotate the camera on the video and slow it down to see how close she came to being hit. Scary scary stuff

    [+] Embed the video | Video DownloadGet the Video Widget

    Posted 4 months ago #
  19. EdinburghCycleCam
    Member

    I'm not sure which is worse, the close pass, or the police response: "I'm not sure what you would like for us to do at this time as no crime was committed. This video doesn't show any ill intent and neither you or the vehicle did anything that would constitute an actual crime was committed."

    Wow.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  20. Frenchy
    Member

    I saw that earlier, but hadn't realised it was a 360 degree camera. Going frame by frame is utterly terrifying.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  21. Frenchy
    Member

    Three way traffic lights on at a T-junction on Drum Street due to a burst water pipe.

    Southbound traffic has a red light, and there is oncoming traffic, yet a driver decided to not only drive through the red light, but to overtake several queueing cars in order to do so. Just as I was picking my jaw up, another driver did exactly the same thing. They both got stuck behind the bus 50m down the road.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  22. dougal
    Member

    Taxi driver that tried to turn into me, driver that tried to parallel park into me, bin lorry driver that tried to reverse into me. Windows, mirrors, use them!

    Posted 4 months ago #
  23. LaidBack
    Member

    Van driver with window down told me I shouldn't cycle two abreast and that I was a '••••ing idiot'.
    I was cycling with someone on a trike - very surprised he didn't object to that too.

    Odd thing was that he was going downhill in other direction on Leamington (part of JMT). So nice to have advice from the other side of the road!

    Posted 4 months ago #
  24. Ragingbike
    Member

    Just the increasing number of drivers who are texting, at lights, moving away from lights, moving slowly, moving fast ... aaarrrggggg

    Posted 4 months ago #
  25. neddie
    Member

    @Laidback

    I am sick of traffic rat-running along Leamington Tce. Why can't they just p*** off and leave the back roads to us?

    Posted 4 months ago #
  26. jdanielp
    Member

    Either a 23 or a 27 bus followed in quick succession by a 10 bus cutting the corner from Home Street to Gilmore Place, causing me to lean left to reduce the chance of a collision with the rear right corner of the bus and my bicycle at around 17:55. I'll be reporting this to Lothian Bus.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  27. jdanielp
    Member

    Reported. Lothian Buses' complaints form has changed and now only accepts the time of the complaint in increments of quarter hours and has no menu for the service number. I don't remember being asked for my adddress previously.

    'I was on my bike in the Advanced Stop Zone (ASZ) at the end of Gilmore Place at 17:55 yesterday evening waiting for the traffic lights to turn green to turn right onto Leven Street and was passed dangerously closely by two Lothian Busses turning right from Home Street onto Gilmore Place. In both cases, I felt that I had to lean to the left to reduce the likelihood of contact (which I was only able to do to a limited extent given that there were other cyclists to my left in the ASZ) and I was able to reach out and slap the side of the second bus (a 10, the first of the two being a 23 or 27) despite indicating to the driver to take the turn wide given that the previous bus had cut across the ASZ with its rear wheel, but unfortunately the second driver did the same! I have complained about exactly this kind of poor driving before, and would be surprised if others haven't, so how is it that specific training is not being provided/not acted upon for hot spots like this to make sure that drivers know how best to negotiate them so as not to put vulnerable road users in danger?!'

    Posted 4 months ago #
  28. chdot
    Admin

  29. Stickman
    Member

  30. chdot
    Admin

    “jailed for 12 months”

    And the victim didn’t die.

    Makes a change from other sentences.

    Would be interesting to compare drugs/drink/speed/other as factors that lead to ‘lenient’ or ‘appropriate’ sentences.

    Posted 4 months ago #

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