London Cycling - Commuter Experience
I have a feeling that this may not go down well with the tribal cyclist, but having had a few ding-dongs on the comments pages about the need to educate cyclists in road usage over say infrastructure and HGV driving I thought it might be useful to document daily experiences of both crazy road usage by motorised transport and cyclists to give a feel for the average experience in the capital.
I'm going to document a journey (on a bus) from Ludgate to Liverpool Street:
1. Cyclist veers across buses off-side, into path of bu,s after undertaking at St. Paul's crossing, as bus is accelerating. Fortunately the driver took his foot off the gas and cyclist veered back to the left. Cyclist never looked over his shoulder.
2. Bus has slight encroachment on ASL, still enough room for bike.
3. At junction of London Wall, cyclist on left-hand side of bus turns right with no indication.
4. Narrowing of road into Liverpool Street bus station pedestrians stray into path of bus.
5. Bus driver slowing for pedestrians gets undertaken by cyclist, approaching pinch point. Bus driver again, looking to apply gas and forward momentum sees bike at last second and avoids.
I'm not saying that drivers are angels by any means, but this for me was an eventful, but not atypical journey that had the potential for numerous incidents. At no time, beyond an ASL encroachment, did he do anything wrong. I fear, that in the case of the other parties, ignorance/inexperience put them in danger.