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 Post subject: Re: Cyclists in central London
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:59 pm 
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Eggcatcher wrote:
Now got a bruise on my arm where some c**t (thats the only word for this bloke) in a 4x4 didn't go round me this morning, I was cycling up the dual carriageway and he caught me with his wingmirror, somehow I stayed on and didn't get too hurt, and at least I can smile knowing he's now got to pay for a new mirror, and I'll have a nicce bruise to show off.



See that's just not even funny. You should always give room when passing cyclists, and if there isn't room you should stick behind whether they're doing 20mph or 5mph. My cousin was killed when he "came off" his bicycle on a busy road and was run over (head first) by a car that "happened to be passing him as he came off" and even the helmet stood little chance of helping.
I put certain parts of that in inverted commas as there was noone but the car driver's statement given to the police. Despite the fact I wasn't even born for about 6months after the "accident" he was in his late twenties and had not only been cycling as a means of commuting but had taken and passed the cycling advanced profiency test. It's not for me or even the police to speculate that suggesting an experienced cyclist would randomly flip off his bike and under the wheels of the one car on the road that just happens to be passing him at the time - but I hope, if what I and the rest of my family has always believed is true, that the car driver is still racked with guilt to this day and never sees another happy day in his life because of it.

If I were you I would have taken the number plate details down and handed them to the police, if only to start proceedings long enough to find their full name and rough location, put that into 192.com and pay them (and their precious 4x4) a visit. The wing mirror should be the least of their worries. :lol


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 Post subject: Re: Cyclists in central London
PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:54 pm 
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I missed the plate, but as I bike that road nearly everyday I'm sure I'll see him again.
Didn't need a 4x4 today, wasn't frozen in Lowestoft, but about 3/4 the way to Yarmouth it was frozen over, and thats where I learned 25mm racing slicks + Ice = bad idea. Couldn't lean into a bend, or use brakes.


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 Post subject: Re: Cyclists in central London
PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:05 pm 
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cor, 25mm slicks :shock: you NUTTER! :lol

it always amazes me, how little room people give - on busy roads i always indicate that im overtaking a cyclist, to give the cars behind me a chance to see whats ahead as a warning.


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