davecole wrote: Murray wrote: davecole wrote:
On the way home, I had yet another driver drive down this hill on Mascoma St
beside me on the wrong side of double white lines around a blind corner in the wet.
WTF is it with Melbourne drivers? Do not seem to be able to wait for 5 seconds.
Had another similar situation riding down Burgundy St behind a massive 18 wheeler. I was keeping a safe distance so that if I had to brake I would not end up underneath the truck, and then an idiot overtook me and went into the gap. I knocked on his window at the next lights and explained that I was keeping my distance for a reason. He was not really concerned about my reasons...
Question for you. Where do you ride relative to the lane when this happens - gutter, left tyre, middle of the lane....? I'm wondering what effect bike position has on following motorists in these situation (and planning on basing my whole thesis on a study of one sample
In these situations I ride in the middle of the lane - and I presume that is why these dills decide to drive on the wrong side of the single or double white lines. It never occurs to them that it is possible to wait behind a bike. If I were in a car, they would not cross to the wrong side of the road.
They cross to the wrong side of the road because you don't have a motor and therefore, despite any instrumentation to the contrary, are slower than them and the speed limit so they need to get past and, because you are narrower than the lane they can get past without putting both wheels across the double line so it doesn't count!
I challenged a colleague once when she confessed to forcing her way through an insufficient gap to pass a cyclist who was claiming the lane because it was too narrow to pass. "What am I supposed to do, there's oncoming traffic. Am I supposed to have a head on just so I don't hit the bike!???!" When I asked if she would treat a tractor (you know, a big, slow vehicle holding you up), she said "Of course not, you can't pass tractors." Seriously, I think the only thing holding her ears apart was the pressure of remembering her next spray-tan appointment!