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Bus vs bike - John C. Kirk

Mar. 31st, 2009

11:57 pm - Bus vs bike

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Date:April 1st, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'd agree with the better written responses above. The most important thing when trying to co-ordinate with other road users is to make eye contact. You can't rely on them having read the highway code, remembered it, interpreted it the same way, and being aware enough to pay attention. Make eye contact and you'll immediately be able to interpret what (or if) they are thinking (and as a bike rider if they've even seen you!). Also you really should be able to interpret their intentions by road positioning and speed, I would have thought the bus would be moving very differently if it were turning (particularly as they have large turning circles).

For that junction, as a car driver, I would place myself to pivot around the outside of the another car, otherwise you won't be able to clearly see what's going on with the rest of the traffic coming at you. As mentioned above you were very lucky a motorbike wasn't coming down the road - you'd likely both be dead and it would be entirely your fault). On a bike... I would probably just get off and walk it across two sides of the square.

As someone that drives every day cyclists and motorcyclists rank as my top most terrifying thing I encounter. They're extremely fragile and unpredictable, rarely a week goes by when one doesn't do something unexpectedly stupid and narrowly avoids an accident. They're worse than tailgating BMWs and undertaking Mazdas - and that's saying something. PLEASE be careful.
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