Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Why do cyclists "Hog the road"

Have a look at this video (1-minute, safe for work)



My reward for getting out of the way of the considerate driver of the Merc (the reason he took a while to pass as I moved accross was that he was giving plenty of room behind - thanks) was a near left-hook from the John Lewis lorry following him. The problem is, once you let one car through, everyone else thinks they can pile past, even when there is no room. This is why it's often safer to "hog the lane".

Sorry.

I'd rather annoy you than be killed to death by the arsehole behind. And if I'm annoying you, at least that means you've seen me.

The answer to any question about why cyclists do something which appears irritating or selfish, the answer is usually "because some drivers are arseholes".



20 comments:

Simon Jester said...

Have you tried contacting John Lewis about this lorry driver?

Jackart said...

I certainly have.

Luke said...

Yes, that's the problem with cycle training. If you do the stuff you're meant to- taking the lane etc- drivers go nuts, sometimes because of arseholic tendencies, sometimes because they are genuinely baffled by what you are doing.

Jackart said...

Most drivers genuinely think you're safer out of the way, in the potholes on the left.

If we could educate drivers, so they understand that taking the lane isn't reckless or in the way for the sake of it, the hostility might drop.

David Jones said...

Glad you're safe.

Yes the safest place is in the middle of the lane. The gutter is death.

Anonymous said...

If only we could educate these cyclists that it is time they put away their 19th century toys and joined the 21st century.

Jackart said...

Ah. Anon. You ignorant pillock. Enjoy the traffic? You ARE the traffic.

Bicycles are a feature of livable cities. You make a world around the car, you get milton keynes or Los Angeles. You put your 20th century anachronism away and get some fresh air.

You might enjoy it.

The Fyrdman said...

Glad your safe, there's not many of my fave bloggers left it seems. Now for me to be bit of a prick.

Killed to death? As opposed to anything other type of killing?

Anonymous said...

I cycle, drive and was even mad enough once to own a motorbike but I encounter similar situations about 2 or 3 times a week. Every week. Not usually lorry drivers but fat c***s in their 4x4s or middle aged women in small cars, neither of which tend to know how wide their vehicle is.

Mr Jones is correct, the gutter is not the place to be - if they even think they can pass you in the face of oncoming traffic, they'll try. If you don't give them the option, they just get pi**ed off - which I don't mind a bit.

Jackart said...

Anon. Please don't write 'c**t', it offends me. Please write 'cunt' instead. Otherwise I totally agree with you.

Ben said...

Much better, thank you. I am reassured that it was not intentional.

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Ed Ward said...

Good lad Jackart! Looking forward to the extended version of the video with on street brawling..

Jackart said...

I try not to post videos of criminal offenses to youtube!

Simon Jester said...

@The Fyrdman: I believe Jackart may have been alluding to this.

Wrong type of bike, of course.

Jackart said...

Fyrdman, Simon Jester.

I was making a semi-comic meaningless tautology, as per top gear. But I like simon jester's reference to motorhead.

Luke said...

Anon, Jackart completely off topic e c***/cunt dilemma.

The New York Times apparently has a rule that they will not print actual swear words, nor anything that hints at a swear word, ie no c***s or f***s. So a review of Larkin's most famous poem solemnly quoted it as "They mess you up/ your mum and dad."

RG said...

Buy an old cheap car that smokes real bad. When you pass the cycler, drive slow until he passes out. Works every time.

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Liberal Engineering said...

I don't like to force cyclist's into the gutter, the state of the roads could easily pitch them off the bike and under the wheels.

Alas, 13 years of Labour and not having to worry about consequences of ones actions means most of the car driving fucktools on the road don't see this as a 'Perceived Hazard' (its in the driving test now, when I did my test in '92 it was just called common sense?)

There is plenty of room on the roads, just it seems bitches in 4x4's seem to think a few millimetres clearance is in fact about 12 inches, as their micro-dicked partners seem to keep telling them.

But please cyclist's - Don't ignore red lights! Some of the above mentioned mouth breathing retards are under the impression that getting the little darlings to McD's is worth more than your life, I don't think its worth the risk for a few minutes

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