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BANGKOK 24 February 2019 11:45
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A very clever cycling awareness test from the UK - would it work here?

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looked behind before swerving to miss a drain cover (or similar) then they might be a bit safer.


That is easier said than done, when you are going over broken glass, another pothole you don't have much time to react. Try and see

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2 hours ago, scubascuba3 said:


 

 


That is easier said than done, when you are going over broken glass, another pothole you don't have much time to react. Try and see

 

You could try fitting mirrors.

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You could try fitting mirrors.

No need for mirrors really. Rare to swerve out but decent car drivers and motorbike riders should and often do give cyclists enough room. You've read the highway code? how much room do you give?

 

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2 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:

No need for mirrors really. Rare to swerve out but decent car drivers and motorbike riders should and often do give cyclists enough room. You've read the highway code? how much room do you give?

 

There is a massive need for mirrors, which is why all other vehicles have them, so why not bicycles? It makes sense. I give as much room as I can and/or as conditions permit.

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There is a massive need for mirrors, which is why all other vehicles have them, so why not bicycles? It makes sense. I give as much room as I can and/or as conditions permit.
It should be 1.5-2 metres, try that. As for mirrors, makes sense for motorbikes and cars as you are in different lanes and overtake more. If you feel you need mirrors get them

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Cyclists are at the bottom of the totem pole for things traveling on the road. They are always clogging up the roads, too. Grandpa on his 1920’s schwinn doing 1km/h in the lane with 80 motorcycles behind him.

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4 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:
7 minutes ago, Wiggy said:
There is a massive need for mirrors, which is why all other vehicles have them, so why not bicycles? It makes sense. I give as much room as I can and/or as conditions permit.

It should be 1.5-2 metres, try that. As for mirrors, makes sense for motorbikes and cars as you are in different lanes and overtake more. If you feel you need mirrors get them

Rubbish. Bicycles are the slower vehicle, so mirrors should be compulsory. And how often do you need to 'overtake' (move out) to avoid an obstacle. If you could see what coming up behind it would give you more chance of not being hit. As for 1.5-2 metres room well that is what most car drivers should aim for and is possible on many roads in developed countries as they tend to be wider, but not always possible on narrower roads (particularly sois) often found in Thailand. 

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6 minutes ago, scubascuba3 said:
9 minutes ago, Wiggy said:
There is a massive need for mirrors, which is why all other vehicles have them, so why not bicycles? It makes sense. I give as much room as I can and/or as conditions permit.

It should be 1.5-2 metres, try that. As for mirrors, makes sense for motorbikes and cars as you are in different lanes and overtake more. If you feel you need mirrors get them

In my experience cars rarely give anything much more than 0.5m clearance here in T/L (or anywhere really), motorcycles "usually" give a little more, but only because they're smaller.

 

Even without swerving to miss broken glass, potholes, soi dogs, children (or even adults) trying to cross the road without looking, or a multitude of other reasons, bicycles are very susceptible to even gentle cross-winds (especially between parked cars), and can easily be blown off course by 1/2m or more.  When I'm cycling, I try to give at least 1m clearance from parked cars (to minimize the risk from drivers opening their doors without looking), but most passing cars don't give the same courtesy, and expect me to "pull-over" to let them past.....  One day I'm sure one of the bas***ds will deliberately run into me after I've given them the "finger", or maybe even pull a gun.

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5 minutes ago, lust said:

Cyclists are at the bottom of the totem pole for things traveling on the road. They are always clogging up the roads, too. Grandpa on his 1920’s schwinn doing 1km/h in the lane with 80 motorcycles behind him.

Yeh the Old Guy going to Work, and 80 Dirt Bike Me Me Oiks going no where!

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One day I'm sure one of the bas***ds will deliberately run into me after I've given them the "finger", or maybe even pull a gun.


Pulling a finger isn't recommended as you increase your chances of getting run over dramatically
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