PDQ Mobile wrote:roberts8 wrote:I too despair about some idiot drivers, hence I love cycling in Europe. I did get my elbow clipped leaving Calais, shouted, then realised it was a GB car. No surprise there. I find cycling solo attracts less attention and keep to quiet lanes and the bar end mirror gives me some warning of possible close passes and a quick wiggle and they give more room, sometimes.
But why no surprise?
That is the question that intigues me.
What is/are the salient differences and causatives between the places.
Different insurance rules and liability law is mentioned up thread.
I am less covinviced.
I don't think we are necessarily less skilled as drivers overall either.
Our killed and seriously injured stats compare quite favourably across the whole spectrum.
This is a societal thing IMV.
A "get out of my way because you are weaker" mindset.
Instilled ( and installed!) by a Trumpian (and The Apprentice etc) type press and media.
Probably American influenced and possibly more pervasive in the no language barrier UK.
((This lack of language barrier does not apply to inarticulate Trump himself though. I have the greatest difficulty making any sense of all his utterances. ))
Isn’t it the law in France that you have to give 1.5 metres clearance when overtaking a bike? If it’s not law, then it is strongly encouraged. The last time I was in Bourg d’Oisans, there were signs all along the road to show that you should give 1.5 metres of space.