• Not sure whether this goes here or the bad cyclist thread.

    Filtering along the outside of traffic, check car behind has left a gap so I can get across to the bus lane, as I start to cut across the van in front has stopped. I hit van with my shoulder (I'm not risking damage to my bike), comically roll around for a bit then pick my bike and phone up to apolosgise to the van driver! Everything's fine, driver asks how I am after telling me 4 times its not his fault. I joke he should be driving something a bit bigger than a huge van so I can see him and we all go on our way.

    Thing that has annoyed me is, as I hit the deck 3 or 4 cyclists went around me and not one of them even stopped to ask if I was ok, was 10 yards from a red light so not like it would have halted their progress or anything.

  • Thing that has annoyed me is, as I hit the deck 3 or 4 cyclists went around me and not one of them even stopped to ask if I was ok

    That's pretty shitty. I always try to stop and help if there is any point. Meaning, if it looks like I might be able to help. If there are already three other people helping I tend to go on as there isn't much gained by just adding more to the mix, and it's not like I'm a doctor or anything.

    Same with people having a flat - I'm usually pretty race-y on my commute, but come on people, if someone is wheeling a bike with a flat, go and bloody ask whether you can help. If you have the tools of course! If not, you will appreciate it even more when someone else does it for you when you have a flat... I'll let it slide if you're late for a meeting or something, but there's no way every single cyclist just rushing past is currently late for a meeting.

    I don't know, I'm really not trying to style myself as the good samaritan here, but stopping and asking whether you can help out really should be normal. I did give some guy my spare tube once, he was on his way home to Tooting from Chelsea during rush hour - pretty sure I saved his evening when he didn't have to wheel his bike home for two hours. It cost me about 6 minutes of my time and about £3 in materials, so not exactly the biggest sacrifice - I'd hope someone else would do the same for me if I was stuck somewhere.

  • Thing is we were literally 10 yards from a red traffic light so not like they were rushing to get anywhere (which although shitty, I can half understand)

    Maybe they were just laughing at my inability to not hit giant objects while cycling at 12mph and didn't want to hurt my feelings?


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