Primary Position and Squeezing

Primary position is key in some positions and this is one of them. The left lane keeps going straight and the right lane goes to the right. But drivers try to squeeze in where they can from the right lane into the left. I will let drivers in if it’s safe but when someone starts taking the piss like the following one it’s not clever. The driver knows where I am, and even when I sound my horn he continues to squeeze me. ┬áIn the end I have to give way and brake, he isn’t going to want to hit the traffic island, so he will turn into me and I will get hurt, I don’t want that!

SMIDSY

Standing for ‘Sorry mate i didn’t see you’ a term often heard by cyclists and motorbike riders from drivers of vehicles who didn’t look when doing something. I get my fair share of these on my weekly commute but today I thought i was going to be taken out by one.

The driver of WU06HSJ turns into Canterbury Road from London Road in Thornton Heath, Croydon. His view was partly blocked by a white van turning out of Canterbury Road, i was forced to brake heavily, and swerve out of the cycle lane to avoid a collision with his car. After i tell him he is on film and that he is being reported for this, i get a load of expletives shouted at me. Some PCSO’s are further up the road, i stop to check if they saw it and get their badge numbers.

It would have been hard to anticipate this as his view is totally blocked by the van and thus i can’t actually see him. Totally stupid! I should have done better to anticipate this.

Video: sound didn’t record on my Contourhd, and thus i have taken the sound from the muvi and matched it to the footage from the contourhd