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07-12-2018, 12:08   #6676
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That last guy in the van sums up the daily experience. I've been driving in the city very early in the morning a lot recently and the red light situation needs critical attention now. Multiples of cars breaking literally every last one of the red lights I come to even before rush hour.

I was driving through roadworks on the N2 in Monaghan a few weeks back, and approaching the road workers' traffic lights you crest a small hill and they come into view about 7 or 8 cars in front when in traffic. When I crested the hill the light was fully red but every single car in front of me broke it, AND the guy behind me screeched around me to break it too when I had the gall to stop. When I got the green a minute later I had to wait fully fifteen seconds to allow all the gob****es who broke it coming the other way to clear the road, so the cycle continued. The "I'm alright, Jack" attitude is absolutely ingrained in drivers these days.

Painting yellow boxes, stop lines and ASLs must almost be a satirical joke by the council at this point. It's not even enough to park in cycle lanes now either, the amount of completely blocked footpaths I see all over the place is at epidemic levels.

Large scale garda intervention is essential at this point to curb driver behaviour.
I saw a Garda car blithely drive past 8 cars and 4 vans parked in the bus lane on Camden Street the other day, not a single f*ck given.
I also nearly got into an argument with a Garda, fed up with a load of cars in the bus lane, there was one ahead of me that was inching into driving lane having driven 300m in the bus lane with a garda car behind, she mouthed "not my problem" to me when I pointed it out to her, if my wife hadn't been in the car with me i'd have gotten out and asked her to do her job.
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07-12-2018, 12:17   #6677
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AND the guy behind me screeched around me to break it too when I had the gall to stop.
I've started breaking reds on the bike for the first time in years when on certain roads because of this. One of the times i stop i know the car behind wont swerve and I'll be mince. If i stop at cerrain reds i get 2 cars at least that will speed past me.
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I've started breaking reds on the bike for the first time in years when on certain roads because of this. One of the times i stop i know the car behind wont swerve and I'll be mince. If i stop at cerrain reds i get 2 cars at least that will speed past me.
One of the worst near misses for me was a few years back at harolds cross bridge inbound. Light had gone red so I slowed to stop and stupidly made the assumption the cars behind me would too. I began to shift over into the middle of the advanced stop box when the van behind which had sped up to break the light brushed past. I'm talking millisconds or millimetres in the difference and I'd be gone. Must have been doing north of 60 and the first cars crossing along the canal had even started moving when he sped through.

Had a decent sit down after that before continuing the journey.
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One of the worst near misses for me was a few years back at harolds cross bridge inbound. Light had gone red so I slowed to stop and stupidly made the assumption the cars behind me would too. I began to shift over into the middle of the advanced stop box when the van behind which had sped up to break the light brushed past. I'm talking millisconds or millimetres in the difference and I'd be gone. Must have been doing north of 60 and the first cars crossing along the canal had even started moving when he sped through.

Had a decent sit down after that before continuing the journey.
Brandy. Have a glass of brandy after that.

Or a fcuking bottle.
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Brandy. Have a glass of brandy after that.

Or a fcuking bottle.
Yep! This was years ago, but even after countless close passes and a couple of actual hits, this one stands out in my mind as the scariest, and I doubt the van driver even noticed.

My wife has never been a fan of me cycling (Father in law hit on his bike years back in hit and run and spent a long time in hospital recovering) - but this was the only time I actually properly considered if it was worth it to continue.
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One of the worst near misses for me was a few years back at harolds cross bridge inbound. Light had gone red so I slowed to stop and stupidly made the assumption the cars behind me would too. I began to shift over into the middle of the advanced stop box when the van behind which had sped up to break the light brushed past. I'm talking millisconds or millimetres in the difference and I'd be gone. Must have been doing north of 60 and the first cars crossing along the canal had even started moving when he sped through.

Had a decent sit down after that before continuing the journey.
A fear of mine. I tell myself to never trust another road user beyond the evidence of what I see, and what could happen, but surely read usually means stop, which it doesn't for a few like quite a few vans or members of the automotive self love crew.
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So a strange near miss

Was coming back from a howth spin last Saturday, heading down parnell st onto the corner of capel st and I see a group of well dressed men all in their 50s and older. As I approach them, one of them stepped to the corner of the curb and threw a punch at me. Luckily I ducked n wobbled out of the way, stopped n shouted back a "what d f##k " and got no acknowledment at all. Was in shock. Live a couple of doors away so ran home dropped bike and put on jeans n shoes ( I find lycra and sidi's are not the best grear for fistycuffs ) and ran out to find the son of a Witch with the intention of calling the garda. Unfortunately they were gone. If he had connected with me he would have flattened me. Be careful out there..some total loons about in cars n on foot..
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Looks like an off road segregated cycle track

https://twitter.com/dubfirebrigade/s...939379200?s=21
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Looks like an off road segregated cycle track

https://twitter.com/dubfirebrigade/s...939379200?s=21
I did not recgonise it at first, it said Rochestown avenue. I can see now it is at the graduate pub roundabout, on "the new road" R118 which I think is called the Sallyglen road, goes to the old deerhunter roundabout.

https://goo.gl/maps/zHS6d7HKP3P2
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I did not recgonise it at first, it said Rochestown avenue. I can see now it is at the graduate pub roundabout, on "the new road" R118 which I think is called the Sallyglen road, goes to the old deerhunter roundabout.

https://goo.gl/maps/zHS6d7HKP3P2
Good catch. Used to live about 2 minutes from that spot. Can't understand how they've ended up like that... it's so close to the roundabout, at a guess I'd say they were flying around and lost traction coming off. They took out the 60km/h speed limit sign in the process.
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I've started breaking reds on the bike for the first time in years when on certain roads because of this. One of the times i stop i know the car behind wont swerve and I'll be mince. If i stop at cerrain reds i get 2 cars at least that will speed past me.
One of the worst near misses for me was a few years back at harolds cross bridge inbound. Light had gone red so I slowed to stop and stupidly made the assumption the cars behind me would too. I began to shift over into the middle of the advanced stop box when the van behind which had sped up to break the light brushed past. I'm talking millisconds or millimetres in the difference and I'd be gone. Must have been doing north of 60 and the first cars crossing along the canal had even started moving when he sped through.

Had a decent sit down after that before continuing the journey.
I was turning right from Harold's Cross to Grove Road when a charming lady in an Audi whacked my left elbow with her wing mirror in her mad rush to get to the back of the next queue of cars.
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10-12-2018, 10:34   #6687
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cycling up Haddington rd this morning, a large Transit van skimmed past me, I reached out and hit the side a thump. cue hard braking, window down, 3 builders shouting abuse at me. I cycled on past, they came past me at speed again, then he decided to swerve in and brake test me. will wait to see this evening if it looks as bad on camera as it felt in person before reporting.
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Shamelessly stolen from the Motors dashcam thread
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Jesus my heart from just watching that. Mind boggling.
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cycling up Haddington rd this morning, a large Transit van skimmed past me, I reached out and hit the side a thump. cue hard braking, window down, 3 builders shouting abuse at me.
Trick is to thump it once, stop and hold your your shoulder, so when they look out to roar abuse it looks like they have hit you.
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