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I find the majority of drivers are courteous and as interested in avoiding contact with me as I am with them.
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A few days old but worthy of praise...
It's just after school and I'm head down, bum up in the bike lane on Gap Road when your standard schoolmum in a shiny black loaded Frord Terroriser pulls alongside with the left blinky going headed for the carpark I was about to pass, can't say that the buttocks didn't clench a little at the time. Her nose dipped and she pulled in behind to make her turn. Dunno if she saw it but the thanks wave and 1000 watt smile went out big time.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Only just saw this thread for the first time! Three good experiences in three days for me.
My final intersection on the work commute is a busy roundabout where I turn right. As I'm approaching I do a head check before the cycle lane ends, to see the driver behind pause and slow down to let me merge. The hand signal I was in the process of beginnning became a thankyou wave/signal.
Thomas St (Perth) heading north yesterday while on the MTB for a meander around my local suburbs. No way I can ride fast enough to not be a nuisance as I hit the hill approaching the freeway, so I jump the kerb and use the (empty) footpath. Slowing down a little there's a car emerging ahead from a high walled driveway. I was planning on stopping - no chance of going around either in front or behind - then the driver nods at me and reverses back into his drive.
Then this morning on the scary part of the "river circuit", crossing the Stirling Hwy bridge heading into Fremantle. Everyone either gave me loads of room, or changed lanes as they passed then changed back further ahead with no chance of cutting me off.
As much as I enjoy the sense of self righteous indignation of the Moron Motorists thread, credit where it's due
And then this http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=22881&start=2775#p778892 happened.
Yeh, my last tour of duty on my bike in Sydney was a good experience motorist wise. In the 6 weeks I was working there I found most motorist were quite patient and courteous. It was really scary.
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Riding along the motorway this morning, I came to an entrance lane, where you have to cross over to get to the breakdown lane. I slowed to wait for a blue car that I'd noticed coming along the entrance. I turned to look at him to see that he'd slowed right down, and he gave me a friendly flash of the lights. I rode across in front of him with a wave, and reached the safety of the breakdown lane again. He then drove by on my right, giving me a clear view of a V8 Falcon from Queensland, complete with one of those wings people put on their boots. There goes a couple of stereotypes!
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I think motorists are increasingly aware and more considerate of cyclists in the areas where I ride. Others who commute in the same areas as me might not report such an improvement. I don't know. There seems to be a decrease in the incidence of squeezing me to the gutter, or not seeing me at intersections, or even yelling out for kicks. There are some really considerate truck drivers and also some "stereotype busters" such as work utes or late-model Commodore/Falcons that do well by cyclists.
Expectations may be low, but sometimes the nicest deed on a ride comes from someone you would least expect (from a stereotyping viewpoint).
This is something as a newbie I raised some time ago but assumed my positive experiences were unique considering all the negative feedback posted here.
See the post about Noosa and the Sunshine Coast viewtopic.php?f=12&t=50136
There are only two types of cyclist.
Those that have crashed and those that are about to.
I figure we are very quick to point out all the bad drivers and cyclists it's only right to do the same for the good ones too.
This bus driver deserves a mention for observation skills as well as action.
The bus blocks the path of a car that had just hit a bicycle, allowing police to catch up.
http://video.au.msn.com/watch/video/9ra ... ay/xmv8m0o
That's awesome work, should get a medal for that.
Haven't noticed any change in motorists' behaviour on the whole around my place. As always, most manage to pass my sphere of concern without incident or any hint of it, much as I hope I do theirs, and then there are those that seem to go out of their way to get noticed although obviously many of them are totally oblivious to, well, pretty much everything it seems. Those who please me by showing courtesy and/or patience get a beaming smile and a wave if it's safe to do so.
Today I was totally gobsmacked. Turning right to get into the home rabbit warren is usually a no brainer as I often ride during quite times. On those occasions when it is busier I'll sometimes get "trapped" by a line of braille drivers setting off from the lights not far back. I could get amongst them at the lights and claim my space but I'm usually not that keen about being bothered with the hassle ( I don't like holding vehicles up unless I have to) at that late stage in proceedings. I'll usually slow on the left til they've passed, or if there's a particularly long line of traffic, I'll just proceed up to the roundabout and come back.
This afternoon the road was quiet but I could hear an approaching car slow behind me as I was preparing to do the business. A quick head check revealed he was the only vehicle and it'd be safe to get over and cross after him. But not with this gent...oh no.
He not only slowed even more but also indicated that I could cross ahead of him. That's right peeps! You heard right. A late model commodore driver not only displaying extreme courtesy (some might consider it unnecessary, but I'll take it); not only deigning to acknowledge a tired road warrior with legs of grey and bent old eyes on a trusty but age worn donkey; not only thinking that such a sorry sight should have precedence over his shining tribute to modern mechanics; but way more importantly, possessing an understanding of a cyclist's plight and anticipation of his intentions!
In all likelihood it was probably another cyclist in disguise, but I seized the opportunity and I'm fairly certain this knight in mightily impressive armour could see my wide grin through the back of my skull. If not, I hope the wave was sufficient reward.
You Sir, kind, anonymous, no doubt winged vision of loveliness, are the deserving recipient of the much coveted K2 approved Medal of Chivalry*, Highways and Byways, SEQ Division for 2012. I'm very confident your sterling effort won't be exceeded.
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I am constantly amazed that drivers would rather have a head on with oncoming traffic than get anywhere near a cyclists... come to think of it I remember the near head on which caused a car to flip a few times as it passed our bunch.
If you can't explain it simply, then you don't understand it well enough.
I remember when you posted that particular incident ............ and while you may find that so in France and Belgium, I don't think it could be relied upon in Australia.
Makes you wonder what that driver was doing behind the wheel not to notice that cyclist
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Wow this thread really died. The problem is if we list all the good motorists this thread will quickly grow really really big, which will be really really boring
339RJV - -hyundai - gave me space to move across after head checks on 2 separate occasions, instead of racing to get in front
692LXS - "Look&Listen" van - thanks for being patient on the hill... I was going as hard as I could (and dying)
288HQM - mitsu 4WD - Patient and cautious, dare I say it a bit too cautious I was "inviting" you to overtake there
Plus 50 others this morning who did nothing special at all except be safe...
[Minus a courier van that ran a very red light, and a cyclist who did the same - call that one even]
But my point is, BS to the war on the roads thing. Most people are decent. Its the few (on both sides) who wreck it for everybody else. Which makes it more like terrorism than a war.
i couldnt tell you about motorists... because i do not ride on shared roads
break down lanes are ok
because no matter good motorists or bad motorists...
i feel naked... my life, my health.. my bones, my blood & my intestines are within my body and is at someone else's mercy or ignorance to turn me into a flat furry road kill with guts hanging out..
so i feel really bad on the roads with the back of my head facing the traffic... it just feels wrong
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