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Cycle Commuter Event - 24th March, The Ramada Hotel, Penns Lane, Sutton. 3 Replies

Started by BikeWork. Last reply by LS Feb 15, 2013.

Commuting North Brum to South 7 Replies

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Comment by Sarah Newth on November 21, 2013 at 23:08
I had a scary experience the other day approaching Smallbrook Queensway from the Hippodrome. there I was sitting in the cycle lane' in the middle of the road when 2 fire engines came roaring up behind me sirens blaring! Managed to get
out of the way but its not a good bit of
bike planning.
Comment by Daniel Carins on January 25, 2011 at 15:49

Basil - totally.  I remember my driving instructor telling me that's exactly the reason why drivers should never beckon other drivers with flashing headlights or hand signals - the other driver is probably looking to please that other driver and take advantage of their "generosity", and then completely forget that they still have to look. 

 

All of these risks just push me further and further out into the middle of the road.

Comment by Basil on January 25, 2011 at 10:45

While motorists "pushing out" at junctions is a PITA, I agree with Phil.  In some places on my commute there is no point in them waiting for a gap in the traffic, there just isn't going to be one.

If a car is already pushing out when I arrive, I negotiate it pragmatically.  Either defend my space with assertive road positioning or yield, depending on the exact circumstances.

However, if a car decides to initiate the "push out" deliberately at me, I tend to react with a little less love and understanding.

 

The one that does get my goat is when a car following me flashes (I'm guessing here, but I'm sure that's what happens) to let out someone at a junction.

The car at the junction seems to mis-intemperate this signal as "Please drive straight into that cyclist."

Bah!

Comment by LS on January 23, 2011 at 20:38
Agree on the RLJing and driving (parking) on pavements putting pedestrians in danger is totally out of control.
Comment by Phil Weber on January 23, 2011 at 19:41

I think that "pushing out" thing is becoming more and more necessary for motorists as volume of traffic increases, otherwise in some places they'd never get out.  But once you start having to do so in some places, it becomes habit (impatience!) to do so everywhere.  I try to be mellow (as a cyclist) and occasionally let people out ... "it gives me a sense enormous well being and then I'm happy for the rest of the day" (Parklife, Blur) ... and hopefully gives a positive image of cyclists ... but I can't say I manage such magnaminity very often :-(

What annoys me is all the red-light jumping by motorists, which is definitely getting worse.

Comment by Nick on January 22, 2011 at 23:43
I can't say I've noticed this as a recent trend but it has happened to me a few times, mostly van drivers. What annoys me more is cars in side roads on the left pushing out 4 or 5 feet over the line trying to force people to stop and let them out. I have noticed this increasing, perhaps as the volume of traffic increases meaning fewer and smaller gaps.
Comment by Daniel Carins on January 21, 2011 at 16:30

Has anyone noticed a trend where car drivers joining a road from a side street on the right, pull out in front of you, expecting you to move over to the left?

 

It's happened a number of times over the last few months.  I can't remember it happening so much - is it a recent development or has it always been this way....?

Comment by LS on May 24, 2010 at 15:37
Glad you have had such a good experience of cycling here. If it wasn't my sons birthday today I would be able to meet up for that beer.... hopefully next time! Have a safe trip home.
Comment by juan_diaz on May 23, 2010 at 23:04
Had my first flat on the Saturday afternoon conmute back from the NEC. I was lucky as this happened really close to the end near the OnYourBike shop. The where very kind helping me to fix the flat and i was back to the hotel on time.
Sunday conmute has been a fantastic experience as the roads where emptyand i can run all the way beating all my time.
Tomorrow, monday, will be my last cycle conmuting day as i have to return the bike late monday or ealy tuesday, i will travel back home on tuesday.
Has been a very nice experience and i encourage everyone to conmute daily here. is quite safe, drivers see and watch you, you have to be careful as usual but drivers tend to be kind and polite and give you way and ease your ride.
Hope to be back sook in Brum and cycle everywhere.
Thank you to all fellow Brum riders, in this place and out in the road for the great asistance and help.
I owe you a beer LS and Rob not Bob, maybe next time.
Comment by juan_diaz on May 22, 2010 at 9:40
Thank you LS i was out to dinner in the chinses quarter. If dining alone i better like asian food.
I made it today in 40 min, no trafic at all at 7 in the morning and i zipped trough all roundabouts as the morning breeze. Spoted many rabbits around the NEC and some fatcat triying to prey a late dinner.
Yesterday the trip back was fun as some kids played overtaking me in the downhills, and they suceeded easily. I was laughing as they passed me, some times the childs need a easy victory over the elders.
Hope to end sooner today and do visit evans cycle shop downtown.
 

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