Got close passed this morning. The car was probably doing around 45-50mph and I felt the wing mirror brush my elbow. They overtook me with a car coming the opposite way which didn't move over to give more room. Luckily I wasn't riding in the gutter so I had some wiggle room on the outside to get out of the way of the car that was right up the arse of the car that nearly took me out (who probably didn't even know I was there). Didn't really phase me at the time, but when got to work I realised just how close I'd been to getting wiped out.Yeah I agree with all of that. I’m always looking way ahead and around when I’m out. You never know if someone is going to step out on you or a car is going to throw a sharp left without indicating. I find in London some cyclists especially those in full kit get way over confident using the cycle lanes as if it has some kind of protective barrier around it. The speed some barrel along at you would think there is a scout from team sky at the end.
To me it seems the roads have become a battle ground between cyclists and motor cars and is getting dangerous. Lack of patience and tolerance is a big factor plus ignorance plays a part. The amount of times I hear crap like “the road isn’t for cyclists or you don’t pay road tax” I’ve given up trying to reason with most people or even argue cos if some loon decides to knock me off my bike then I’m fucked.
Also cyclists really do have to do there but. There really is no need to run a red light. It’s dangerous and it’s the one thing that pisses people off and justifies in motorists head when they want to close pass a cyclist or cut one up. Just stop and wait. I’m fed up hearing from cyclists that they ran a red as it’s safer to do so because they don’t want to set off at the same time as a larger vehicle. It’s rubbish you just don’t want to wait at the lights.
There does tend to be a culture of road users competing for space when we should all be working together to ensure the roads are safer for all users, not just those who 'pay tax'. And as for cyclist running red lights, see it all the time and it pisses me right off. They give cyclist a bad reputation. It is absolutely not dangerous to wait at a red light 'if' you are in the correct position on the road (primary position in the middle of the carriageway, especially if turning left). That way you don't end up getting squeezed into the kerb. Once you are clear of the junction you can assess the situation and move accordingly.