I had the horror of a very close near miss this morning. I was travelling in the left hand lane approaching a set of lights. There were three cars queued in the right hand lane. The first turning right, the second and third going straight ahead. The left hand lane was clear. I’ve had trouble at these lights before, so about 50m before the intersection, I moved in to the centre of the left hand lane to take the whole lane and remain obvious. The lights turned green before I needed to slow down, so, I continued on at normal speed. I’m very cautious in these situations so am on the look out for any indicators or signs that driver will make an unexpected manoeuvre.
The second car in the queue decided they did not want to wait for the first car to turn right and made a sudden swerve into the left hand lane with out indicating or even creeping forward first. I had to brace my forearm on the passenger side door in order to not get pushed over. The driver did not stop.
This was incredibly frightening and has made the top 3 of bad things that happened on the bike.
But the worst part was I told this story at my work safety meeting and was met with a person stating that they don’t look for cyclist because they don’t expect them. How in your right mind can you state in a safety meeting that you blatantly don’t follow the road rules. And therefore don’t really care if one of you injure or kill one of your colleagues as a result.