No, I'm suggesting that a responsible cyclist wouldn't choose to cycle down a very busy dual carriageway at a peak time on one of the busiest days of the year. Apart from being unsafe it's downright ignorant. It's not about blame its about making sensible choices.
As an ardent cyclist this is my way of thinking. Just because I have a right, or I am within the law does not mean that I am safe or comfortable
I am lucky my commute is to the countryside, but when I cycle I have two options
1 ride down a busy dual carriageway with a motorway roundabout at the end - 12 miles
2 ride down rural country roads which snake arround the dual carriageway and miss the motorway roundabout - 18 miles
I chose option 2 it is by far a more pleasant ride although it adds about 15 mins to my journey, oh and because I only hit a town at the end I always wait inline in traffic in the primary postion and never kerb crawl. This tactic works in that almost all the drivers respect your patience and give you the same room as a car, because let's face it cyclist get annoyed at car drivers inpatience
When I got out on a weekend ride I plan my ride to avoid main arterial routes, and stick to yellow and brown roads (OS landranger)
As a cyclist you must not forget why you are cycling,for enjoyment, there is no joy in being passed within a couple of feet by 2 tons of metal travelling at 70 mph. Cyclists want respect from other road users, but some fail to appreciate that respect should be a two way attitude.
BUT this has thread has been derailed by cycling trolls. In this case There was no issue of the cyclist being at fault in this case and I did state earlier that in some incidents cyclist MAY be culpable, but definitely not in this case.
I would like to ask all the posters on this thread to leave the generalisations behind for one post and say if they thought in this case the cyclist was at fault.