slowster wrote:Neverthless, I look at the photographs and the first thought that comes to mind is that I simply would not want to be in that position on the road (well over into the opposite side of the road) overtaking a long queue of stationary vehicles at night-time, and presumably at rush hour.
Yeah, so this is where it becomes a case of what we think rather than knowing something is good practice.
*My* experience is that if I'm too wide then I quickly vanish into a mirrors blind spot and am there for much longer.
Funnily enough I normally prefer riding at night, bright lights and hi-vis / reflectives make me more visible (if you look!) than during the day.
Obviously that's *my* thoughts.
slowster wrote:Evidently the oncoming traffic is a good distance away, so not an immediate threat, but it looks to me as if that could easily change in a very short time frame, i.e. the stationary vehicles start to move before you can get back to the inside, and you are then stuck in a very exposed and dangerous situation if oncoming traffic approaches.
So I know this junction very well, the oncoming traffic has just stopped at the lights, traffic will now come from the right of the junction and is prohibited from turning left so there'll be no oncoming traffic for another minute or two. Gives me plenty of time to get to the front.
I also get a warning that the lights are going to change several seconds before they do by watching the pedestrian signals.
slowster wrote:That perspective of knowing that I have taken far too much risk in the past when commuting on my bike, is what makes me say that I would probably not overtake the stationary vehicles. Instead I would just slowly filter up the inside. If an inconsiderate driver was hogging the gutter and blocked my progress, I would either just put up with it and wait, or lift my bike onto the pavement to walk past the vehicle and then resume riding.
Slightly less obvious from those stills is that the road becomes two lanes at that point and I want to be in the right hand one.
I have on occasion tested out the inside lane but folk suddenly changing lanes - especially scallies who see no traffic in the left and figure they'll nip in and welly it past the queue when the lights change - I've had a couple of near misses in that lane so give it a miss now.
Also something else that's not visible on the still, I've just passed a bus that will attempt (if it can fit) to go down the left lane, if I follow it in chances are it'll stop at a bus stop and I'll struggle getting back into traffic flow. You also have to be careful - being clipped by a car is a lot better than a bus not spotting that you're in front of it. I've been rear ended by a bus in the past.
slowster wrote:I am sorry to hear that you have had another incident in such a short period of time. Maybe it's just a statistical blip, but in your shoes I would be asking myself if I needed to ride a lot more defensively, even if the price of that was adding significantly more time to my commute.
Get well soon.
I cycle a min of 2-3000 miles a year, last few years I've done 10,000. Statistically more miles means more chances and they're all rush time miles in cities as well which aren't the best.
TBH I understand slow 'can' mean safer but there's always a balance between best safety practices and time. At the moment due to my last off I'm using the train, bike does around a mile each end (so 4 miles) a day.
Safest option is to walk but that adds roughly an hour a day to my commute and I think it's long enough already.
(And obviously this is a journey I do hundreds of times a year with no issues - well, issues but not injuries)