Rode 30 miles yesterday mainly on roads in central Sussex and all drivers, including a bus, van with very large trailer and high powered sports car, overtook me with comfortable clearance
- except one - a driving instructor!
I recently moved to the North East (Newcastle Upon Tyne) from London. I found cycling in London pretty good (mostly a joy, in fact), but I have noticed here that drivers tend to be very considerate when it comes to cyclists. Perhaps this is because they haven't yet encountered the kind of bad behaviour that one often sees from cyclists in London? I've been here 6 months and have yet to see an aggressive jumping of lights, for example.
I assume that it was the driving instructor driving, rather than a learner? I often encounter learner drivers because the main cycle route out of Newcastle towards the coast has a couple of sections which are popular with learners because they are quiet stretches. I waited a full 5 minutes last week as a learner driver attempted a three point turn (okay, it was a fourteen point turn), but I thought, "This is bread on the water". Consideration on the road works in both directions.
I must day that I have found this thread strangely calming to read... Thanks to the OP