KTM690 wrote:Yes and every cyclist hating, gorilla of a van driver, will already be aware of that BBC video. Resulting in their having a very low threshold for battering a cyclist in a similar situation and nicking their camera!
You really believe that's going to happen? I doubt it. Firstly the camera doesn't have to be so obvious and second you put yourself in a far worse position, ime people are all mouth but soon back down.
Pointing out the camera to folk ime has exactly the opposite effect, they calm down and usually go away. TBH you're talking about a subject you know nothing of and simply presuming things that don't happen in the real world.
Having said that, I wouldn't put it past someone who'd knocked off and possibly killed a cyclist and who was prepared to do a runner to check for a camera, but even if they removed it the cyclist is hardly in a worse position than they would have been without it. (That's if they felt the risk of going back to check was worth it of course.)
Is it worth the risk of trying to cut up the inside of a vehicle indicating left and then bashing his van?
Would it not be better to avoid confrontation and remain in the queue for the junction or wait untill it's safe to make progress?
When you're in that sort of situation it's not possible to sit at a computer and analyse all the options. Firstly you have to figure out something is actually happening - sitting at a computer later you *know* something is happening immediately, don't underestimate how long it takes to figure it out.
Quite probably the cyclist could have done things differently, but unlike you he doesn't have the time to sit and analyse his options so why not ask him? (I believe he posts on other forums - in fact I remember reading an entire thread about this with him answering others questions)
However I appreciate you prefer victim blame believing no doubt that you'd never be in that position.
Fortunately the courts saw differently and recognised the blatant disregard of another persons safety and aggressive nature of the driver and dealt with it. IMO they should have dealt with it more severely, despite the footage the court couldn't agree that a punch was thrown so he escaped being charged with assault. It'd serve him right to have been sent down for a couple of months.
You ride a motorbike? Would you try the same move on a moped?
I've never been in a position like that on my motorbike (plus I'd never be seen dead on a moped). As I said above, until it actually happens to you, then in reality you don't know. No amount of keyboard posturing can prepare you for the actual thing.