Vorpal wrote:At the point the OP was overtaken by the lorry I agree that he wasn't in the gutter. However, the road seems to be a little wider than many. I used to ride regularly on a couple of roads like that, I took a slightly stronger position just to prevent idiocy like in the video. I have to admit that there was a certain amount of trial and error involved.
I often hear people complain about the dangers of driving on roads that are too narrow and traffic too close. IME, these are the safer sort of road. The road illustrated by the OP in his video is the sort that I personally dislike: too wide to take an effective primary position, too narrow to really take a safe left hand position and too fast to have a reasonable influence over traffic. In particular, I would like to confront the road engineer in person who designated the left hand white line and ask them, to their face, do you really believe that that line will not appear to indicate to drivers the proper position of a cyclist on this road and thus influence their driving accordingly? And had there been a fatality, do we believe for one minute that the coroner would have looked at these factors?
I agree with Vorpal on this but at the same time I am wondering: who sits down and works out the best position for a bicycle in these circumstances? Who tests this out? Who has the authority to provide advice to cyclists? Who has taken the trouble to research the effect this type of road has on the safety of cyclists? And who now promotes this tried and tested position?
I did look just now but couldn't easily find further advice in Franklin. So it's left to us. I think that, despite the obviously appalling action of the driver, the road engineering and planning profession and road safety organisations should hang their heads in shame - they simply don't have an answer. But we on this forum can raise our hats to members who take the trouble to do what should be done by highly paid professionals - to work out what is the safest way to cycle on this road.