When truck driver meets motorist meets cyclist

[This post dedicated to Julia]

This is one where we see different things, don’t disagree but some other issues stand out as well.

Wiggia rightly notes:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/motoring-news/smile-youre-on-dashcam-camera-more-motorists-are-installing-incar-recorders-to-capture-instances-of-bad-cycling-and-driving-9101712.html

I was reading this piece on in car cameras when I did a double take on the second photo of the “cyclist cut up”. Now he may well have been but the inference is that the truck and trailer did it deliberately.

If you look at the photo, a car is coming the other way and is overtaking parked cars on his side, the truck has obviously had to pull over to avoid (they are very close) the oncoming car, it would be reasonable to assume the oncoming car is at fault for failing to ensure he has enough room etc etc.

There are different directions we could go here. Discuss road rage? Discuss the cyclist mentality on roads these days, in particular the male’s? The tendency to ill will between parties rather than all being reasonable to each other in the first place?

The joke which is cycling lanes which end abruptly, then restart, causing all sorts of potential accidents at those points? The campaign to get cycling safe enough for the ladies [I’m part of this campaign]?

The real need for cyclists to at least – yes, I’m sorry to say it – pass a rudimentary test on safety, riding etiquette and bike maintenance?

The need for dash-cams or handlebar-cams or not?

3 comments for “When truck driver meets motorist meets cyclist

  1. Furor Teutonicus
    July 28, 2014 at 10:41 am

    XX the oncoming car is at fault for failing to ensure he has enough room. XX

    As it would appear the pick-up /I see no “truck(?)” and trailer driver were traveling well to close, if not OVER the center line, then the fault is not the cars.

    The pick-up driver should have been much closer to the kerb any way.

    (AND the idiot on the wire donkey should have been far enough from the back of the Pick-Up to ensure a safe stopping distance.)

  2. Ed P
    July 28, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I’m not usually one to encourage state controls, but I think all cyclists should have to have (at least third-party) insurance. Then it’s even possible they might develop a sense of responsibility to other road users.

  3. July 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Yep.

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