That's a really interesting point.cyclist was not exactly brilliantly behaved either ?
I am biased as I am a cyclist but I would like to make a point in a inflammatory way
Cyclists are killed with horrible predictability on London's roads.
We had another earlier in the week
http://www.london24.com/news/cycling/vi ... _1_4094406
What this means, and I know it's a bit obvious to point out but it is the nub of the issue, is that if a cyclist gets it wrong, or a motorist gets it wrong and hits a cyclist, on London's roads there is a reasonable change they'll die. Not be injured, or hurt or be shaken up but they'll lose their life.
That means that cyclists are, quite understandably, less tolerant of motorists mistakes as the stakes are much much much higher.
So when a motorist kicks back to a cyclist he is likely to be met with abuse as he's effectively saying "my motorised commute speed is more important than your life".
The arguments from motorists then tend to be along the lines of "but you're blocking the road" and although that may be the case it's actually not that cyclists are trying to be difficult, they're trying to stay alive.
"Taking the lane" is a well known and legal and road safety recommended approach to cycling but it is amazing how many motorists get cross when I do it and almost without fail I catch up with them at the next set of lights.
So they're not going anywhere more quickly by overtaking, they just risked my life
Motorists then argue "roads are for cars" but on some of London's roads there are more "passenger journeys" on a bike than a car so if I took my car to work it would take up more space and make everyone else's live's harder.
So in my own, cyclist biased way,
1. I get abused for trying to stay alive
2. I get abused for staying healthy and reducing the NHS bill
3. I get abused for staying off public transport and freeing up a seat for an unfit person who needs it
4. I get abused for taking up a small amount of road in a vehicle that creates no pollution
And that's why we get cross!
I know I am biased but when I see that Land Rover DELIBERATELY move over towards the cyclist I shudder, because that's all about hurting/scaring that poor rider and if you've had that happen to you (and maybe you have) it's horrible.