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Sometimes cycling to work is Not Fun.

To: cambridge.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com

Good morning,

As I was cycling to work this morning I was overtaken by the number 18 bus in a manner which was frightening and frankly dangerous.

I was cycling along Lensfield Road from the Catholic Church junction towards Trumpington Street, and as I passed the Chemistry Department I became aware of the bus behind me. The bus very closely sat behind me for 50 to 100 metres as I repeatedly checked over my shoulder for safety. Ideally I wanted to be able to signal, in order to turn right at the roundabout, but there was no space to do so safely. In the end I very carefully pulled into the kerb and stopped, and the bus passed me.

I'm afraid I was unable to get more details of the bus, but it was a double-decker and turned left at the roundabout with Trumpington Street.

Please could you:

* identify the driver concerned
* ensure that they are properly aware of the need to give cyclists plenty of room, and to wait further back if there is not room to overtake
* determine whether this is a general lack in driver awareness
* if necessary arrange for more training for this driver or all drivers
* let me know what you have done

I was very shaken by the manoeuvre, and as I am a confident cyclist I dread to think how much it could have scared someone with less experience.

Yours faithfully,

Eleanor Blair

Edit: see comments for their response

Date: 2017-02-06 10:31 am (UTC)
emperor: (Phoenix)
From: [personal profile] emperor
I think bus drivers sometimes don't realise how intimidating they can be :(

Date: 2017-02-06 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
You are, of course, legally entitled to see any CCTV images of you, under the freedom of Information law. In case they try to rob you off with some further excuse about privacy.


Date: 2017-02-06 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gailsedotes.livejournal.com
That is one narrow bit of road and a lot of three lane traffic where it is only safe for two cars sometimes. Certainly not with a bus! I love the highway code me. If we all use it then we work together.

Saying that I got verbally abused by a panther taxi driver the other day and contacted the appropriate authority. They are taking it seriously. At least they will talk to the guy.


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