This isn't a close pass

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  • Pituophis
    Pituophis Posts: 1,025
    awavey wrote:
    john1967 wrote:
    A lot of macho bullshit going on here. Pause that video at 0.35 secs and then imagine yourself on that bike. This is a close pass and the police taking no action is the reason drivers believe they can do what they like.
    There was zero margin for error and one mistake could have cost the cyclist his life.

    its not macho bullshit, for once, and I dont have to imagine being in that kind of situation, I am in that exact situation probably at least once a week on average Id say, depends how many times or how far I ride, and Im sure its the same for anyone on the road who cycles regularly.

    as close passes go, certainly for me and Ive had a few recently where Ive felt I had to take avoiding action to prevent being hit, that didnt look that bad, almost a standard overtake in those circumstances on that road Id have said,and they havent sped past, or cut immediately back across or do that weird triangle overtake where they end up furthest across the road after theyve passed you,theres no road furniture they are rushing to get back in front before hand, they arent putting oncoming traffic in unnecessary danger, its not a left hook, they dont brake test, all of these are things that happen often with passing traffic.

    yeah it still probably wasnt nice, youd prefer they didnt happen or the car get that close, and maybe depending on where your frame of mind is at the time it affects you more sometimes than not, but I cant get worked up about overtakes like that anymore

    This.
    Not nice, but certainly not out of the ordinary unfortunately.
  • slowbike
    slowbike Posts: 8,498
    awavey wrote:
    yeah it still probably wasnt nice, youd prefer they didnt happen or the car get that close, and maybe depending on where your frame of mind is at the time it affects you more sometimes than not, but I cant get worked up about overtakes like that anymore
    getting worked up isn't the same as a simple report and response from the Police to remind drivers that they should give room on the road.
    Ok - takes the reporter a bit of time to sort a sensible clip. Online reporting tools make that very simple. It's not difficult then for someone in the Police to review footage - sift out the ones which aren't clear, pass on the ones that are way too close and submit the number plate to a system to send an automated letter to the registered keeper for the remainder.

    Some (many?) close overtakes are probably mindless - as in the driver didn't consider the affect of their proximity to the cyclist - it's taken a huge effort to get horses recognised as requiring careful treatment - I believe we need similar effort for cyclists too.
  • john1967
    john1967 Posts: 366
    I'm bemused by some of the attitudes on here.I certainly will never accept close passing as an acceptable occurrence.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,190
    john1967 wrote:
    I'm bemused by some of the attitudes on here.I certainly will never accept close passing as an acceptable occurrence.
    It's not acceptable, just commonplace