It seems these videos are gaining popularity. Thanks to all those that watch and leave a like / comment. Some of the clips in this edit were posted on social media after the incidents… some of the comments were quite interestng!
Dangerous Overtake – I’m lit up well. I wear high vis and I have two of the best front lights on the market. This was one of the videos posted on social media and while most supported me (and the tractor driver who also commented) some still had time to blame me (for being on the road etc) and the tractor (for also…being on the road). The driver didn’t come forward, no surprise there, and my cameras didn’t quite catch the reg because of the fog. After the driver got that close to me, they almost hit the tractor cutting back in. Some of the worst driving I’ve seen in a long time.
So Close – CV08 PWO – Here I am, riding along and I saw the van approaching. It’s ok, he’ll stop… I thought. I don’t think he saw me. If I’d have been a second slower, I would have been sent flying. I didn’t actually realise how close he’d come until I got home and checked the rear camera out. Scary!
Elderly Driver – This was a bit of a “facepalm” moment. Waiting for the red light I watched in disbelief as this elderly driver seemed to miss the roadworks until they were very close and then realise and adjust.
My Heart Stopped – This was another clip that was posted on social media, mainly because there have been complaints about this road being dangerous. Personally, I don’t believe any road is dangerous, instead it’s the driving, as witnessed here. The driver clearly sees me and gives me loads of space but has failed to pay any attention to the cyclist coming the other way. I saw the cyclist coming down before the driver pulled out and when they did, I was just waiting for an accident.
Check Your Blindspots – Glen’ll Fix I.T. – BK14 RVL – Don’t just pull out on my like that! I’m clearly visible.
Chancer – What more is there to say? This person just decided ti chance the gap in front of me. It paid off but it was close.
Plan Ahead – See the lorry waiting to turn right, and the hill coming up, and knowing the road, the narrowing road beyond the bridge. Well it would be a lot easier to just take a few seconds out and allow the lorry to pass instead of making them wait and chance the overtake.
The Silent Follower – I had no idea this lad was following me until we had to move out to go around the two cars. Watching it back he had a bit of a panic brake as he checked it was clear and realised I’d slowed for a split second to make sure I was clipped in.
It’s Always A Race – After I knew he was there I had to make the gap. Always. I’m the same if I see someone in the distance. I have to catch up!
Nevermind The Crossing – What, 50 meters down the road, maybe not even that?! A lovely safe crossing that will stop the traffic so you can cross safely. Instead, you chance it on the road and try and intimidate me. Nice try, I guessed it was coming.
Popularity +1: As before, just take a second to let someone out. They’ll look kindly on cyclist in the future.. hopefully.
Kids Messing About: This was the third video that went on social media. Mixed reaction really. Kids just having fun and nobody was hurt to blaming the parents and to how stupid the girls were. Of course some said I should have stopped, and maybe I should have, I didn’t really know what was behind me though and a sudden stop to move the cone could have ended in me being rear ended. Still the fact remains, while we do get into mischief as kids, running into the road to put a cone in front of traffic is pretty stupid.
Ride To The Wall Filming – Check out a couple of my previous videos for the raw video filmed on my “proper” camera. Ride To The Wall is a charity event, for bikers, to ride to the National Memorial Arboretum to pay their respects to the fallen, and those still serving in the armed forces. I decided this year to film it from the the start but also managed to catch up and ride along side them for a while. I’ll join them on a motorbike one day.
Rev Bomb – This is just something that amused me. I think he was trying to intimidate the cyclist. Little does he know I love my cars too and knew what was going to happen 😉
Music by Ryan Little / Track called I’m Sorry
I don’t know how the injury happened but these next few videos are going to be short as I wasn’t riding much over this period. I developed a knee injury (maybe a strain?) but I ignored it and carried on riding. It got worse… And hurt. So I had to take it easy for a few weeks. It feels good now though *touch wood*
In this episode:
Rake Rage – Riding down a road that get quite quite busy, especially with those on two wheels so finding a rake in the middle of the road was quite strange. I wonder how many people just drove right by.
I’d Be The Same – I really, really want to work towards getting a motorbike and a licence. Sunny days, two wheels and some nice fast roads. Sounds like fun.
Well Someone Wasn’t Happy – I think it was the car coming the other way that didn’t appreciate the overtake of the Civic. It didn’t seem overly wild, but it isn’t the best place to overtake.
False Start – This made me laugh. Seeing the Clio in the back of the BMW would have been even funnier. Obviously not paying attention.
Instant One Finger Salute – AD58 UBB – I can clearly see the car approaching the round about before I cross that exit so they can clearly see the island is not clear for them to pull out… Or so you’d think. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the car cross the line and I genuinely thought I was going to get hit. They slammed on the anchors and I instantly gave them the middle finger salute.
Sorry? Thanks? I Didn’t Mind – So I’m not entirely sure the message behind the light flash but I generally take it to mean sorry or thanks. They did pull across my path but there was time to react. No harm done.
One Day In A British Summer – The morning was glorious! Shorts and T Shirt, warm, dry and sunny. By the time I left work it was like another world. Soaked!
Theme Park Traffic – At certain times in the morning, when the park opens in the Summer months the local roads just get so clogged with traffic. Both directions just get filled with slow moving traffic. Luckily for me I can zip right through on two wheels!
Backing track by Ryan Little
Random Beep – Not sure who it came from or who it was aimed at, all I know is that I was getting wet and I needed to get home.
SMIDSY – DV58KGA – Bloody women drivers. Pulling out on me like that and completely blanking my one finger salute. I always think, would they have done that if I had been in my car… I think not.
I Understand The Hate – This guy pisses me off so much when i see him. In this instance I’m waiting behind the car because it’s indicating and going up the inside, in a blind spot is stupid. Naturally this idiot squeezes passed me and then up the inside of the car AS it’s turning, and i think almost gets hit. He does it all the time. I’ve always seen him ride up a busy 40mph the wrong way, fly down the path (when it suits him) at over 20mph and then jump to the road and back and so much more. So I get it. I understand why cyclists can be hated.
Wave – I know who it is, I haven’t had any random waves just yet.
Awesome White Van Man – Often at this point I get vehicles overtake when I’m indicating I want to turn right. This guy though, flashes me to let me know it’s ok, and then gives me plenty of room when passing without rushing. Not living up to the white van man generalisation there 😉
You Too – She definitely thought about shooting passed and cutting me up but hit the brakes hard when she realised that would be stupid. Cheers.
Red Light Jump – The sun blocked out the numberplate though…
Red Light Jump x 4 – Bloody Cyclists. I saw the first two crossing an island so decided to chase them down. I caught up fairly easy but the lights changed…. I stopped… they didn’t. What I didn’t realise is they had two friends behind me who came flying passed. I know exactly who they are too… I recognise their faces and found their names on Strava… It didn’t take much to catch up and pass them again.
It’s Normally Me Doing The Chasing – Talking of chasing people down… I didn’t realise until I checked my cam but I also got chased down one day. Not quite enough to pass though.
30MPH Traffic – I ride this road every day. It’s a 30mph limit and I can quite easily keep up with the traffic. Some times I’ve registered up to 36mph on Strava but I always seem to catch one or two stray cars that stop me from grabbing a PB 😦
Music by: Action Davis
Track: Pale And Blue
The “bonus” clip this week really pissed me off. You get some people that will turn in on you before an island thinking they can make it in front, but they normally leave enough room. This person however, decided to overtake in lane 2, which was empty, and then all of a sudden move back into lane 1 leaving me absolutely no room. I was so close to being knocked off! They didn’t even acknowledge me and when I rode passed and pointed to my head as a “THINK!” gesture I was completely ignored. The footage was posted on social media and got a fair amount of attention locally. Most were disgusted at the drivers actions but of course I got the blame from some delusional people. I haven’t seen the driver again…
Red Light Jump – HV08 HNF – Must have really been in a rush… or blind.
Up The Inside Is Dangerous – When people say cyclists should stick to the left, this is one example to be used against them. Not everyone checks their curb side mirror before pulling off. It felt like a close call, and was partly my fault. I shouldn’t have put myself in that situation but mirrors are there for a reason.
Close Pass – I know, I know. If you look at the last clip at see how close I was filtering to cars and compare it to this you’ll laugh and tell me to fuck off but considering the speed of that car, and that they didn’t even use the second lane, I’m saying that’s a close pass.
Great Place To Stop – Maybe the driver was picking something up, who knows, but stopping in that exact place, blocking off a set of traffic lights is pretty stupid.
Late Overtake – Thinking he could safely overtake and stop/make the left turn there was ridiculous. Especially if I had actually carried on riding.
Road Positioning – It’s a learner, yes, but whoever is teaching them should let them know you don’t stick to the left if you want to use the right lane. If you do, indicators would be a good thing to use.
SMIDSY – I don’t know what he was thinking but he held his hand up as an apology. If he’d kept on going it wouldn’t have just been me colliding with him… but the car coming the other way.
Troll Boss – Beeping and shaking his fist at me. When I heard the beeps I just thought, keep going and ignore them. Turns out it was just my boss having a laugh.
Who’s Walking Who? – That’s one excited dog!
‘Iya! – I misjudged the movement in the traffic here slightly so instead of cutting in front and holding the car back I waved them by so I could pull in. The grinning girl in the back made me laugh.
SMIDSY – DV14 AUE – See I’m not sure this was a “SMIDSY”. They MUST have seen me and just not cared I was there.
Strange Driving – I could hear the lorry behind me and kept waiting for it to overtake. It wasn’t until I looked at my rear cam I saw that he was straddling two lanes or blocking the second lane for most of the time. Random.
Music this time from Action Davis
Tracking called Rehab
I’m almost up to date! Just a couple more double video weeks and I’ll be there, then I’ll have more time to crack on with other projects!
The Morning Chase – I knew I could catch this guy up, he looked to be carrying more weight but to make it easy for me I decided to sit behind and wait for the hill. Of course that meant he could also pick up speed and I had to stop for traffic so he shot passed and took off in a cars slipstream. Felt like a bit of a noob there…
Near Miss – I think the Fiesta driver thought they were also a bike. Almost caused a head on there….
Keep In Your Lane – This still bugs the crap out of me. There’s TWO lanes on both sides of the roundabout so why do some people feel the need to straddle both lanes and turn in towards me as I’m about to take the island. I’m not just going to disappear!
Pedestrian – Sure, just walk out in front of the traffic when there’s a crossing RIGHT NEXT TO YOU!
Sound Effect Kid – It’s fairly easy to keep up with the traffic (30mph) along that stretch of road. Sound effect relevant.
Look Left & Right – The more I look at this, the more I wonder who would be at fault. The overtaking car or the car pulling out. I don’t think either expected the other to make a move, they just saw a cyclist and thought, “I have to get by quickly”
Lane Discipline – Same moan as above. I’m in front – I take the island in the lane first.
Filtering – Lot’s of traffic caused by the weekly collection of bins. That’s all.
Surprise! – That lorry rushed passed so much. The air displacement shook me and they definitely forced on coming cars over.
Playing? – I have no idea what they were doing. Slow to react to traffic in front, then come to a stop, only to wait for me to get along side and pull off again. Hmmm.
Space – It’s happening more and more along my route and that’s drivers looking in their mirrors and seeing me coming so they leave space. I always say thanks.
Motorbike ambitions – One day, One day!
This week summer hit us. Not an English Summer, a continental summer. 30+ degrees C. It was too hot for me. I did a few days riding but the heat was killing me off and I was getting slow so with the Staffs Sportive at the weekend I decided to only ride for 3 days.
There was lots of filtering and lane splitting though. The council like to start the road works season around now so traffic always backs up.
The “Bonus” clip is something I found funny. It’s actually from the Tuesday when I was filtering through traffic. I didn’t think it was wise to squeeze by the Mercedes but I’d already gone passed the lady in the red car. For some reason I decided to look at my rear cam and while skipping through landed on her reaction. It tickled me. I didn’t hold her up and she passed fine when we turned left. 6 minutes later I was filtering through traffic and passed her again but this time I got straight to the end while she had to sit in another half a mile of traffic.
Super Observant – This learner motorbike rider was great. He was constantly glancing in his mirrors both sides to check what was going on, always aware of what was around him. I think he’ll make a good rider.
In A Rush – Normally vehicles won’t pass me in that location unless I wave them by but this driver just seemed to have had enough of me and floored it. The car coming the other way didn’t really want to wait either.
Thank You – That Land Rover driver was awesome. He overtook me earlier and gave me so much room and then when I caught up he made as much space as possible for me to get by. I don’t really like filtering up the inside but when they give you that much space, who can refuse.
Traffic Lights – OK so my waving trick doesn’t always work. Sometimes I do have to stop like everyone else.
Semi Blocked Junction – See this makes traffic worse. People get impatient and instead of leaving a lane clear for traffic to filter passed they will park across the lanes to stop anyone “pushing” in front.
Look Twice – I genuinely didn’t see that BMW until I was pushing off. Brakes were quickly applied and I shuffled back!
I’m enjoying editing. Finding new music and sitting down to piece a video together is quite relaxing sometimes. I’m still two months behind though!
Stupidly I edited these clips into small clips to save space on my hard drive so I haven’t had as much freedom with editing. I’ve also forgot to edit the correct number! Doh!
Attempted Left Hook – I’m not sure where they thought I was going to go in order for them to make that turn but I’m glad they suddenly realised I wouldn’t just disappear.
EO57XBR – Red Light Jump – I thought it was only cyclists that jumped reds…
Fast Lorry – My heart stopped for a second here. I saw the lorry coming…and it kept coming. I don’t think the driver saw me till the last second before hitting the brakes and stopping with the cab on the island…
Late Overtake – I’m not sure why I put this in. They give loads of room and indicate, I just think they were a bit nervous about pulling in front.
The incident where I pulled out in front of a car. Completely my fault. I was on my fixie, doing a tough hill start and had my head down. I’d checked left and right but not across and didn’t see the car until it was right in front of me. Stupid stupid mistake.
Potholes – Well more of a sunken drain, either way I hit it and it dislodged my rear wheel. I just about managed to fix it at the road side with the tools I had.
Motorbike filtering – Sat in traffic when you can sneak down the outside? Nah come on, just don’t twist the throttle too quick and end up in my rear. Sexy looking bike though 🙂
Taxi – Seeing me on the island and flooring it to make it in front. Standard. Sometimes I do it.
Invisible? – Again. Every week the same thing. Some people just seem to think that their car will fit along side me in the same lane. It won’t when I’m trying to centralise myself for a straight run!
7 Years Bad Luck – Someone’s day didn’t start too well finding out that some moron had smashed their mirror off in the night….
Look Before! – Not as you’re pulling out of a junction… You’re now stopped with your nose edged into oncoming traffic.
Pedestrian Jumps Red Light – Because it’s not motorised vehicles and cyclists 😉
Doors – Normally I wouldn’t filter up the inside but for the first few cars I did and then I was gifted with a reason to ride down the outside. Passengers don’t check mirrors!
MGIF Close Pass? – It felt close, only to hit the brakes quickly in order to stop for the traffic.
Sirens – Some people really seem to panic when it comes to hearing sirens. The Ford for example, pulled right off the road suddenly into a drive way for no apparent reason… the other side of the road was clear.
Ryan Little – Valley of Shadows
New music found through Free Music Archive! A artist by the name of BoxCat Games. I’ll feature some of their tracks in upcoming episodes.
AK13HTZ – Using a mobile while driving. Big No No. He’s not the only one I see, but the only one I’ve actually seen drive off still chatting away with his phone in one hand.
Must Get In Front – Sometimes… no… all the time, you need to plan ahead. I did, I’d seen the lorry about to navigate the island but this driver just wanted to get in front of me. He had to brake hard from not noticing the car stopping which forced me to brake harder and my rear wheel locked up and “snatched” at the steering.
Left Hook Attempt – It did leave me wondering, did they really think they could get passed me and turn before I’d made the junction. It looks like they thought they could and then had a change of heart.
Close Pass – It just felt quite rushed…ya know?
Right Of Way – This road is a load of crap. Potholes, bad road repairs, speed bumps. I try and avoid riding in the gutter but this driver had other ideas.
Undertake – Here again. Although there are no road markings it’s common sense the left lane is for left turns, not undertaking someone who moves over as soon as they’re safely passed the first junction.
Near Miss – How that driver didn’t see the bus is beyond me. I’d spotted it indicating back down the road and saw the gap open up for the bus to pull out. I was actually quite hoping the bus would hit them…
Wobble – He almost went into the car trying to squeeze through that gap…
Lorry Close Pass – I have loads of room to my left, yup, it’s where cars normally park but that pass felt so close. Probably all down to the wind that lorries displace…made me jump.
Pointless Overtake – I laughed. Overtook me to simply pull in less than 100m down the road. Good overtake from a bus though!
Activate Lights – These lights are so slow to react normally so I’ve resorted to waving to see if the sensor picks me up quicker…
Bike Love – Genuinely at first, when I heard a car slowly pulling along side I thought I was going to get some abuse. It was a nice surprise when the gent complimented my choice of bike.
Link to music:
Still lots of footage to go through! I quite like this editing lark though. The more I learn the less stressed I get. How is it for you viewers?
Just a short one this time. I don’t think I rode much this week.
– That island is badly planned. Three lanes in, two lanes on the island, three lanes out. Someone always gets cut up, it just happened I was obstructed from view.
– They really wanted me to move out the way so they could finish the overtake… Unfortunately I can’t move the traffic in front.
– Behind me at the island to turn right, pulls out behind me and then tries to dip up the inside. I always move over as soon as I’m passed that first exit to let cars by (like the blue car behind). They were just impatient…
– Filtering with a motorbike. I heard the guy coming so didn’t move out when I wanted and he offered for me to go first but seeing as he has the power I thought I’d let the motorbike lead. I’m just that little bit more agile to fit through the gaps though. The oncoming traffic had to stop at one point to let him through.
– And this is one of the reasons why cyclists need a bit of space. Some, like this gent, get tired and start to wobble around.
Filmed on GoPro HD Hero 2 w/ Chesty Mount
Song: Ryan Little – Sand Castles
– Now that’s a good driver. I indicated I wanted to turn right and despite having the chance to overtake me they acknowledged my signal and held back. Awesome.
– Cutting it fine was in reference to the overtake in this clip. I had to break to let them in. Meh
– This isn’t actually a bike lane. It’s a stretch of road that years ago ran two lanes side by side but someone deemed it too dangerous and limited the road to one lane thus creating a nice area to cycle in at the sides. It would be awesome if all roads had that space to cycle.
– Close pass. Well when a box of metal does pass you at 30+ mph it doesn’t feel nice.
– This happens a fair bit. Some drivers try and squeeze ahead of you before an island and when they realise there’s no space they either end up stradling two lanes or putting the squeeze on you.
– Overtaking on a solid white line, before a blind humpback bridge is never clever… Imagine if that car had been a little quicker…
– I never like having a large vehicle behind me so if I can pull in and wave them by I usually will.
Bonus Bad Bus Driver
Who knows what he was thinking! All the cars and me were indicating left but he still decided just to pull across and force his way in. Reported to the bus company. Not sure if anything happened.
Music by Ryan Little
Two videos to share with you this week. First up is another “POV” video:
I’m getting out on the bike more and more now trying to get the old body back in shape so the amount of footage is building. Unfortunately it’s not all drama like I know a lot of people want to see. The old cyclist vs car war isn’t all that apparent when you’ve got some common sense and a camera clearly visible. Honestly since fitting it to my helmet people really seem to be more cautious when passing you etc. I get some funny looks riding around but I’m enjoying it. OK so the odd “incident” might happen but it’s rare. I just like to share the things I find interesting.
Thanks again to Ryan Little for producing some great free music!
The second video is from my ride to work this morning. It wound me up so much. As I’m approaching the island, with less than 100m to go I notice a car passing in the second lane. It’s quiet, the island is free, it’s safe to use both lanes to continue on to the next section which has two lanes. What I didn’t expect was the driver to suddenly swing back into my lane before the island, closing the gap and slowing down quickly. There was no need for it. The driver was completely oblivious to what they’d done and just drove on. I passed them again 500m down the road but still got no recognition or sorry.
The video has been shared on a local “new” page and while many comments are saying how bad the driving is, there are still others who shift the blame on to me, saying there was plenty of space and the driver was just getting back in their lane. While I watch the video back everything seems a bit slower and of course I can see ways out of it but in the moment everything happens so quick. I believe it’s only 5 second from first seeing the car pass until they’ve completely cut me up but that’s ok apparently. I wonder how many would think it was ok if I went out in my car and did the same move on them…
Stay safe out there!