Unequal combat

York Press: Unequal combat Unequal combat

 In July last year, I became the proud owner of a rather nice new bike. It seemed to be the right way to get my fitness back now that I am the wrong side of 50.

I am law abiding. I wait at traffic lights. I keep to cycle lanes and show bright lights when it’s dark. Worryingly, some bus drivers have developed a huge disregard for cyclists. The road has seemingly become a place to do battle, especially with the articulated Park&Ride drivers who run to and from Askham Bar. They get very close, forcing me in to the kerb.

Ten tons or so of steel, rubber, diesel and glass versus a pedal cycle, skin and bone? So what is my recourse? A video camera strapped to the bike perhaps to capture evidence of my death? There’s going to be one very sorry, and one very dead person at the end of a particularly dangerous shift.

Wayne Tyssen, Woodthorpe, York.

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5:45pm Thu 6 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

Plenty of examples on You tube. Just search for "cyclist camera"
Plenty of examples on You tube. Just search for "cyclist camera" pedalling paul
  • Score: 8

7:54pm Thu 6 Mar 14

stopatred says...

Welcome to the world of cycling in York . buses trucks and taxi's are the one,s to watch out for.
Welcome to the world of cycling in York . buses trucks and taxi's are the one,s to watch out for. stopatred
  • Score: 21

4:21am Fri 7 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

... not to mention tiny 'city cars', as those are driven around like tanks, or vauxhall zafira type vehicles for some unexplainable reason. Nissan Micra's seem to do quite a lot of "let's overtake the cyclist whilst he's indicating to turn right and is actually starting to turn" movements too.

As for the buses, I heard from a source of mine that First puts its newer drivers onto the Park and Ride routes, to "run them in" so to speak, as those routes are quite easy.
... not to mention tiny 'city cars', as those are driven around like tanks, or vauxhall zafira type vehicles for some unexplainable reason. Nissan Micra's seem to do quite a lot of "let's overtake the cyclist whilst he's indicating to turn right and is actually starting to turn" movements too. As for the buses, I heard from a source of mine that First puts its newer drivers onto the Park and Ride routes, to "run them in" so to speak, as those routes are quite easy. Magicman!
  • Score: -1

4:40pm Sat 8 Mar 14

MorkofYork says...

There was a cyclist on Lawrence street the other day at the James street junction. He was stood to the left hand side of the right lane going straight on. There was a big lorry in the left hand lane behind him turning left into James street. The left lane light went green so the lorry squeezed through the gap the cyclist had left and this guy was huffing and waving his arms about. A second lorry followed the first and did the same thing. I was thinking "why don't you just get out of the way".

The green light to go forward switched and he was still waving his arms about at the second lorry, i had to beep my horn to get him to go forwards.

He had no situational awareness what so ever.

You should all watch accidents on liveleak. People falling under the wheels of slow moving traffic is one of the most common accidents. They happen in an instant. At least try to put yourself in a safe position.
There was a cyclist on Lawrence street the other day at the James street junction. He was stood to the left hand side of the right lane going straight on. There was a big lorry in the left hand lane behind him turning left into James street. The left lane light went green so the lorry squeezed through the gap the cyclist had left and this guy was huffing and waving his arms about. A second lorry followed the first and did the same thing. I was thinking "why don't you just get out of the way". The green light to go forward switched and he was still waving his arms about at the second lorry, i had to beep my horn to get him to go forwards. He had no situational awareness what so ever. You should all watch accidents on liveleak. People falling under the wheels of slow moving traffic is one of the most common accidents. They happen in an instant. At least try to put yourself in a safe position. MorkofYork
  • Score: 0

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