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Wise words on a lorry

secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,773
edited September 2008 in Commuting chat
Having read the article in C+ a couple of months back about emergency services' bike training, where they are taught "undertaking leads to the undertaker", was interested to see the following scrawled into the dirt on the back of an HGV:

on right side, arrow pointing to right and the word "Outside"

On the left, arrow pointing to left, and word "Suicide"

Rather blunt, but you see the point. Keep safe...

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  • I was behind a lorry on Long Lane today, it had a TFL sticker on the left that said something along the lines of - cyclists - do not undertake. Any big and yellow. Unfortunately the driver was a [email protected] I was only behind him as he'd pulled out right in front of me - clearly misjudged my speed. I enjoyed the irony though.
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  • I find that people misjudging my speed and pulling out in front of me is actually the biggest cause of most of my near-misses at the minute, I guess they just don't think a cyclist will be moving very quickly.

    I've taken to trying to make eye contact (did this anyway) then mouthing 'NO' or shaking my head at the driver... but some just don't look.

    And as it's usually in Acton I'm too scared of stumbling upon a gangsta to knock on windows when I inevitably catch up with them in the heavy traffic.

    I've seen those 'cyclists do not undertake' stickers a few times before, mostly on lorries with turning rear axles.

    However, I don't know if they lead to an attitude from the driver whereby cyclists have been warned so they don't need to check their left mirror before manoeuvering... pass.
  • Yep Ive taken to giving drivers the 'You're really not going to do that are you ?' look it does seem to work, and I even made a driver laugh when I filtered down a line of traffic and pulled in front of him turned round and stuck my tongue out at him :D
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  • ChrisLSChrisLS Posts: 2,749
    ...the look I most fear from drivers is when they look straight at you and you can see them thinking, "it's only a cyclist, so I don't need to stop/slow down etc"
    ...all the way...'til the wheels fall off and burn...
  • spen666spen666 Posts: 17,709
    ...

    I've seen those 'cyclists do not undertake' stickers a few times before, mostly on lorries with turning rear axles.

    However, I don't know if they lead to an attitude from the driver whereby cyclists have been warned so they don't need to check their left mirror before manoeuvering... pass.


    That is my concern about these stickers etc.

    Perhaps the stickers should be also giving the message about motorists checking for cyclinsts before making manouveres - ie reminding both parties of their obligations
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  • CorianderCoriander Posts: 1,326
    I've taken to trying to make eye contact (did this anyway) then mouthing 'NO' or shaking my head at the driver... but some just don't look.

    It's funny you say that, L-i-T, as recently I've had a couple of occasions when cars have arrived at speed at a junction, barely stopped and only seem to be gving a cursory glance to their right before pulling out. I've been quite afraid and speaking out loud to myself rather than them, I've said 'Nooo' and shaken my head. Which they've seen and come to a complete halt.

    So it does seem to work.
  • Coriander wrote:
    I've taken to trying to make eye contact (did this anyway) then mouthing 'NO' or shaking my head at the driver... but some just don't look.

    It's funny you say that, L-i-T, as recently I've had a couple of occasions when cars have arrived at speed at a junction, barely stopped and only seem to be gving a cursory glance to their right before pulling out. I've been quite afraid and speaking out loud to myself rather than them, I've said 'Nooo' and shaken my head. Which they've seen and come to a complete halt.

    So it does seem to work.

    It does, I think, or like to think!!

    I can almost see the decision-making in their head 'can I make it out before that cyclist oh she's only a cyclist she can't be going that fast i'm sure i'll be able to pull out in front of her...'

    NO! :x
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    I find that people misjudging my speed and pulling out in front of me is actually the biggest cause of most of my near-misses at the minute, I guess they just don't think a girl will be moving very quickly.

    I've taken to trying to make eye contact (did this anyway) then mouthing 'NO' or shaking my head at the driver... but some just don't look.

    fixed that for you :wink:

    yeah I do the eye contact thing as well with a shake of the head
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  • Clever Pun wrote:
    I find that people misjudging my speed and pulling out in front of me is actually the biggest cause of most of my near-misses at the minute, I guess they just don't think a girl will be moving very quickly.

    I've taken to trying to make eye contact (did this anyway) then mouthing 'NO' or shaking my head at the driver... but some just don't look.

    fixed that for you :wink:

    yeah I do the eye contact thing as well with a shake of the head

    OI!

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  • on right side, arrow pointing to right and the word "Outside"

    On the left, arrow pointing to left, and word "Suicide"

    naff, and factually incorrect. It's not suicide, but it's a good way to get squished by someone else.

    'Outside' and 'don't go this way, the numpty driving this thing is likely to squash you. He won't be watching, he's fantasizing about the next hitchhiker he's going to dismember before leaving their body in a roll of carpet in a layby on the A1' is far more precise, if a little less catchy.
  • 'Outside' and 'don't go this way, the numpty driving this thing is likely to squash you. He won't be watching, he's fantasizing about the next hitchhiker he's going to dismember before leaving their body in a roll of carpet in a layby on the A1' is far more precise, if a little less catchy.
    But by the time you've stopped to read that, you'll have been run over from the rear!
  • I know...but it's the principle of the thing, damnit!
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,920
    spen666 wrote:
    That is my concern about these stickers etc.

    Perhaps the stickers should be also giving the message about motorists checking for cyclinsts before making manouveres - ie reminding both parties of their obligations

    There is another sticker seen on the back of HGV/LGVs etc "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you"

    If I do have to stop behind a lorry then I make sure I can see the mirrors, usually the off side.
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  • _Brun__Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    redvee wrote:
    There is another sticker seen on the back of HGV/LGVs etc "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you"

    If I do have to stop behind a lorry then I make sure I can see the mirrors, usually the off side.
    I think that's dangerous since it implies that if you can see the mirrors the driver can also see you, which is often not the case.
  • _Brun_ wrote:
    redvee wrote:
    There is another sticker seen on the back of HGV/LGVs etc "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you"

    If I do have to stop behind a lorry then I make sure I can see the mirrors, usually the off side.
    I think that's dangerous since it implies that if you can see the mirrors the driver can also see you, which is often not the case.

    Well, he's able to see you, question is, is he looking? :shock:
  • _Brun__Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    edited September 2008
    Well, he's able to see you, question is, is he looking? :shock:
    If their expression is anything like the above I'd recommend keeping well clear. What's this sexist 'he' business anyway? Women drive HGVs too you know...

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  • _Brun_ wrote:
    Well, he's able to see you, question is, is he looking? :shock:
    If their expression is anything like the above I'd recommend keeping well clear. What's this 'he' business anyway? Women drive HGVs too you know...

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    I'm sexist.

    :twisted:
  • atticaattica Posts: 2,362
    What's wrong with being sexy?

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  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,773
    on right side, arrow pointing to right and the word "Outside"

    On the left, arrow pointing to left, and word "Suicide"

    naff, and factually incorrect. It's not suicide, but it's a good way to get squished by someone else.

    'Outside' and 'don't go this way, the numpty driving this thing is likely to squash you. He won't be watching, he's fantasizing about the next hitchhiker he's going to dismember before leaving their body in a roll of carpet in a layby on the A1' is far more precise, if a little less catchy.

    Best not to encourage them or keep them busy by ever buying anything in a shop, ever, then... :lol:

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
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