Ok Jon, I'll give you 2 examples that I have seen in the past 2 weeks.
Firstly, on the dual-carriageway A64 between the A1 and York on Monday, the road was extremely busy with it being a bank holiday and I saw 2 cyclists riding together 2 abreast forcing drivers to filter into the outside lane to pass them safely which caused problems with traffic braking suddenly. Now, that might be ok on straight roads with plenty of time to see the cyclists, but the A64 has quite a few bends and it only takes one car to come round the bend and not have the opportunity to move out due to other vehicles and you've got a dangerous situation. That's a reckless piece of cycling which is easily avoidable.
From what you describe the cyclists are riding completely within the law and in a manner that is encouraged by British Cycling and CTC. According to the highway code, a car should give a cyclists as much room as if it was a car to overtake. If the cyclists had been riding in single file and the road was a single carriageway, a car would still have to cross the centre line to overtake safely and therefore it makes little difference whether they are riding two abreast or not. It is the responsibility of the overtaking vehicle to make sure they can do so safely.
Secondly, a cyclist went through a red light into a busy yellow box junction and wanted to turn right. Then suddenly seemed surprised that he was stranded in the middle of the junction sideways on to the traffic which was now passing him on either side, with buses and lorries missing him by very narrow margins. Again, a very avoidable situation and nobody's fault but his own if he had got wiped out.
Totally agree there, that cyclist is an idiot.
What riles me and many other cyclists is that despite the fact that we ride safely, within the laws and using good practice, barely a day goes by when I am not having to do a defensive manoeuvre because of a car driver's incompetence. Sometimes they generally don't see you or know they are doing wrong for some reason, sometimes they know full well they are in the wrong but do it because they are in a two tonne vehicle. I just try and stay safe and hope my luck will hold out.
Edited by Severus, 29 August 2013 - 03:46 PM.