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Driver courtesy(11 posts)

Driver courtesyMJ
May 29, 2002 12:39 AM
this morning on the commute to work I was coming down a small hill on a four lane road (two lanes are bus/taxi/bike lanes) in Central London

as usual the traffic was stationary - a large dumptruck in my lane stopped inching forward in order to creata a space and let someone turn right (in the UK across oncoming traffic) - however the driver turning would not have been able to see me, the cyclist behind me, the scooter or the motorcyclist who were also shooting down the open bus lane and were obscured by the large dumptruck

a blast from the dumptruck's horn brought our two wheeled parade to a stop and also injected a sense of caution into the driver who was turning who stopped to look - we, the two wheeled traffic, let the driver turn and I waved a thanks to the dumptruck driver

so here's a guy sitting a long way above traffic in his dumptruck, who is stopped in a traffic jam - he takes the time and consideration to remain aware that his decision to allow someone to turn may affect people in the bus lane to his left and behind - not being content with just looking for a huge red double decker bus - the guy looks for cyclists and 'vulnerable road users' as well and blasts his horn to prevent a possible accident when he actually sees them

some drivers are fantastic
re: Driver courtesyscruffyduncan
May 29, 2002 1:11 AM
great story. So often cars are waved across the lane and into the cyclists, nice to know there are such considerate drivers.
always good to seeEJC
May 29, 2002 4:01 AM
Very nice indeed!

I wish I could say that I had such experiences when I lived in UK. But good for you! AND for the courteous driver!

re:some drivers are fantasticCrankist
May 29, 2002 5:25 AM
I too have had the benefit of an occasional considerate driver, but have never posted such news, and the specifics now escape me. But we do need to see this from time to time if only to counter the regular appearance of hillbilly horror stories. So thanks.
re:some drivers are fantasticMJ
May 29, 2002 5:58 AM
yeah - it makes you wonder - during a ride I pass hundreds (?) of cars - and only have occasional 'attempts on my life' through driver acts of ommission/commission

so maybe there's alot of really good, attentive drivers out there who never have to demonstrate their ability to share the road with cyclists - that's not to say we should be less vigilant or more tolerant of bad drivers - but I think for the most part, statistically, we have it pretty good
Must be a phase of the moon...MSA
May 29, 2002 6:12 AM
Similar experience on my morning commute! I use a bike path since rush hour traffic is so vicious. Still I have to cross wide avenues at regular intervals. I was waiting at one crossing as two lines of cars approached, and the light 100 feet down from the the bike path crossing was green. Instead of speeding up like they usually do, they stopped, and waved me across! Both lanes!! Even tho they had the green light! I was so shocked, I almost didn't go. Unbelievable.
Few and far between, but welcomed none the less! nmrideslikeagirl
May 29, 2002 7:35 AM
Truck Driver's often get a bum rap...jagiger
May 29, 2002 7:03 AM
But it's always great to seen a real Pro in operation...they generally have command of the whole playing field. They are in control of there own vechile and the impact with others. It's a pleasure to witness.
yup...big rigs often are the most courteous drivers (nm)ColnagoFE
May 29, 2002 7:32 AM
May 29, 2002 10:40 AM
I'd rather drive along side a truck than a car. Something about the fact that these guys drive their vehicles for a living makes me feel more comfortable. They are trained and licensed to drive the vehicles and if they mess up it could cost them their livelyhood.

Too many people associate the driver with the big, intimidating rig they drive. They take pride in what they do the same as everyone else.
Betcha he rides. Nice. nmrideslikeagirl
May 29, 2002 7:34 AM