Poll

Roughly how many incident-free miles had you cycled before you were last "in collision" with a motor vehicle?

Less than 1000 miles
1001-5000 miles
5001-10000 miles
10001-20000 miles
20001-30000 miles
30001-40000 miles
40001-50000 miles
More than that
It hasn't happened yet

Author Topic: The "have you been knocked off" poll  (Read 96525 times)

T42

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Re: The "have you been knocked off" poll
« Reply #225 on: February 19, 2020, 09:52:12 am »
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Re: The "have you been knocked off" poll
« Reply #226 on: February 19, 2020, 10:03:41 am »
Never been knocked off by physical contact, however 2 years ago a logging lorry decided to overtake me coming into a blind bend, a car came the other way, presumably to avoid the car the artic came back onto its own side of the road leaving me a choice between those giant rear wheels or the hedge, I chose the hedge, thankfully by the time it took to bounce off the verge and and end up lying on the road the lorry was past and there was no one behind him to run me over. He didn't stop.

Have dismounted for lorries overtaking me ever since.

neither me nor the bike were injured.

ian

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Re: The "have you been knocked off" poll
« Reply #227 on: February 19, 2020, 10:29:22 am »
This is why I hate (and refuse to use) the local A22, it attracts a fair amount lorry traffic from the M25 into London, but it's narrow (and to be honest, unsuitable, but we don't care about that sort of thing). So they start a nice, wide overtake the moment there's no oncoming traffic, but the sightlines aren't great and half the time midway through they'll face oncoming traffic. Sometimes it'll give way and slow. Sometimes. Other times, you'll be at the side of an artic that has decided to abandon its overtake and pull back in.

As a bonus, southbound there are considerable sections without a pavement to escape to.
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Re: The "have you been knocked off" poll
« Reply #228 on: February 19, 2020, 11:21:18 am »
This is why I hate (and refuse to use) the local A22, it attracts a fair amount lorry traffic from the M25 into London, but it's narrow (and to be honest, unsuitable, but we don't care about that sort of thing). So they start a nice, wide overtake the moment there's no oncoming traffic, but the sightlines aren't great and half the time midway through they'll face oncoming traffic. Sometimes it'll give way and slow. Sometimes. Other times, you'll be at the side of an artic that has decided to abandon its overtake and pull back in.

As a bonus, southbound there are considerable sections without a pavement to escape to.
Drivers overtaking coming into blind bends  is a bug bear of mine, at some point one will either have a head on crash or more likely swerve into me to avoid the other vehicle, as the lorry did that I mention above.

I'm very lucky in that I have roads largely free of heavy traffic, haven't seen a lorry so far this week and I will be over the 100mile mark.  But by the nature of this area logging trucks and grain wagons do also use these same roads, and they always seem to be in a big hurry.

The vast majority of drivers are very careful and when there is no conflict they know exactly how to overtake cyclists correctly, problems only seem to arise when they have to slow down, at which point they have the potential to take stupid risks, with me.

ian

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Re: The "have you been knocked off" poll
« Reply #229 on: February 19, 2020, 11:40:29 am »
By and large, most professional lorry drivers will put some effort into an overtake (on the other hand, any kind of skip, refuse, rubble lorry, all driven – as far as I can tell – by lunatics) but there's very often not enough road for the lorry to manage this before encountering either traffic ahead or oncoming traffic. This means the lorry has to abandon and fall back, push forward and hope oncoming traffic gives, or simply pull in.

It's mostly a case of poor anticipation, the need to overtake is strong (and generally pointless, I'd say 95% of the time I'd be overtaking the lorry further along, but go they must).

Anyway, I don't want to die, so I mostly avoid the road other than the section between me and the station which is unavoidable.
!nataS pihsroW

Re: The "have you been knocked off" poll
« Reply #230 on: May 20, 2020, 06:41:35 am »
Sic transit and all that..