Si wrote:Yep, the "keep to the left" comment jumped out at me too. If you mean in the gutter then you may be luring them into poor overtakes. If, on the other hand, you mean in a normal secondary / in the car's left side wheel track then it sounds like you are being unlucky.
Jumped out at me too. It's easy to think staying further to the left means that you're further away from traffic and giving them more space. But all that happens is drivers see a gap and go through it. A good number of drivers have no clue about overtaking a bicycle properly so you have to do their job for them. Up to a large extent it's up to you to control when the overtakes happen, and if there is not enough space for you and an overtaking car to coexist on the same bit of road you then ride in the middle to prevent overtakes from happening at all.
And to answer the original question, if you can touch the overtaking vehicle then IMO this counts as a dangerous pass.