Riddley wrote:Although motorists do not seem to mind being held up by a turning car, for example, like last night I was turning right into my driveway, and there was a lot of oncoming traffic. It took several minutes before I could turn. Quite a line of cars behind - no tooting, everyone just waiting. If I had been on my bike, I would guess the level of patience would have been lower.
Ditto a slow moving tractor.
There seems to be a belief that, because a bike is narrow, a motorist has an inalienable right to overtake without hold up. Any attempt to discourage this on safety grounds by a cyclist violates that right and therefore entitles the motorist to demand immediate priority.
I actually challenged a work colleague about her objection to waiting behind a cyclist on narrow road with oncoming traffic and asked how she'd feel about being stuck behind a tractor. Her reply was, "You can't pass tractors". I should have asked for a rational translation of that but I figured it was unlikely to be forthcoming.