Drive like a dick day

I’ve no idea what was up with people today, but the driving standards and dangerous aggression was all to evident on today’s ride.

First off, I was tailgated along a narrow road, and keeping well out of the door zone, and he finally overtook, blasting his horn as he went. Sorry mate, I’ll ride anywhere I like in the damn road. He then aggressively tailgated the car in front having to break hard several times.

Next up, a delivery van completely blocking the cycle path, as I went round him in order to continue, I noticed his reversing lights as he whacked it into reverse along the path.

Didn’t even look around, almost taking another cyclist out.

Then, on a roundabout a taxi pulled out right in front of me, causing me to brake hard. Then came the close passes. Not just a few, but almost every car, and a close pass on a tight downhill bend.

I give up. The driving standards are dropping like a lead balloon. We all have to get somewhere, we all have to learn to share. Motor vehicles do not, and have never had a greater priority than anything else.

The whole mentality of the car needs to change. We, as a society cannot allow the car to dictate our city plans. Our whole outlook on town planning needs a shift away from cars, and to sustainable methods of transport. I’m all for scrapping the VED, and increasing the cost of petrol to compensate. That way, you pay less if you use your car less, more for all those pointless journeys taking little Esmeralda and Sebastian to school in a massive 4×4, where they could easy walk it.

It is possible to live without a car, or at least use it less.

Bus Squeeze, The Result

transdev_busSo, in light of a recent incident with a Transdev Bus, I contacted the company, and as I previously stated, Transdev is a professional body, who take road safety seriously. Every single one of their drivers, is polite and professional on the road.

And that goes for their customer service Staff, as the response I got back from them was nothing but stellar.

Dear Michael

Thank you for getting back to me with the time the incident occured.

I have identified our driver and informed our Operations Manager of this incident. Our driver will be spoken to very shortly. It is disappointing to hear about this incident has our driver as only been with us a few months.

On behalf of Transdev Harrogate and Dsitrict Travel please accept my apologies for this incident.

 
Should you have any further problems please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind Regards,
Patrick
Harrogate and District Customer Care

So, as much as I’m sure this was a simple misjudgement by the driver, it is important he realise what effect this has on a fellow road user, so that he can be aware for next time.

Kudos however for the professional way this was handled by Patrick.

Squeeze!

On my recent ride, I was heading up Starbeck high street. There are alot of stopgap traffic up there, as the road is being fixed.

I was overtaken by the knaresbough bus, but the driver failed to estimate the distance, and ended up squeezing me to the curb.
But to be fair, we can all make mistakes, and this could of been worse.

In my time of using the roads, and travelling on the Buses, transdev drivers are polite, professional and courteous. So this may of been an underestimated distance, stressing to make time due to the roadworks or just human error.

I’ve contacted transdev about this, and will update when I hear back.

New Camera

So I recently got a VIRB camera. I had wanted for a helmet camera, but there are a few things up with that. One, is that this is a very heavy camera, and quite large. Mounting it to the side of the helmet makes it very noticeable in the lean due to the weight, I tried mounting it on top of the helmet, but finding an area on the helmet that stops the shake is hard. I have a Kask Mojito helmet, which has no flat areas at all. It does work, it is just quite wobbly.

Example image from VIRB
Example image from VIRB

The other issue I have, is that the camera over exposes quite a lot. When compared to the GoPro Hero I have mounted to the handlebars, its very noticable. I can live with that, just about. A Lot of it could be dealt with in Post Process, but there is not really a massive need. I only plan to use helmet cam when something happens, it will pretty much be throw away footage. It seems to be mostly when leaving shaded areas, and the GoPro can have issues with this too, it just seems to deal with it quicker. VIRB does overexpose consistently through the frame however.

Example image from GoPro Hero
Example image from GoPro Hero

In other ways, this is a good camera. I think I’ll be keeping it around, and find away to helmet mount it at some point.

I also got hold of a repair stand. This is a massive help when working on the bike, as having it elevated, and off the ground saves my back and makes drive chain adjustments so easy. No more tipping the bike over and working on it upside down. Probably one of the better purchases I’ve made recently..

Despite what Simon at VeloHeads says (I have no reason to doubt him, and he has been repairing bikes for god knows how long, as he likes to point out) however, I don’t like clamping the carbon seatpost, so I have to swap it out for an old aluminium one when I have it in the stand.