Cyclingsilk.blogspot.com has today reported the sentencing of a Road Rager in the Manchester area . Martin also pointed out that had the matter appeared before a Thames Valley Magistrate then there would have been a "slap on the wrist result" !
Time the authorities woke up to the fact that V unerable R oad U sers need more protection from elements in society that think they are better than the rest of US and can do as they please when in their vehicle . European law calls for 1 1/2m separation when passing a cyclist but here in the UK until this matter the inconsiderate could practice Kamacazy tactics with impunity . Many times i have seen other cyclists coming towards me being passed so closely that they have wobbled and fallen from their bike , they were not touched so the driver has supposedly not broken any law , nor are they aware of the damage or injury that they may have created !
We ALL have memories of scary incidents and the courts could be full to overflowing if ALL examples of Road Rage against "VRU " were reported , some cases though need and are entitled to be treated by the Thames Valley Authorities with more severity !
Whilst on the Tour de Suisse i found the average Swiss driver both respectful and careful of cyclists BUT i could not say the same of those working for the TDS Organisation . When i spoke to the head people of Focus and Wurth Sponsorship companies i was told that i was not welcome at their tour . Advising them that ordinary drivers took the trouble to signal but the large majority of those Accredited to TDS did not i was told i didn't know what i was talking about . Seeing oncoming traffic with the TDS banner on the front windscreen neither signal or pass wide of other cyclists justify my complaint but i also had vehicles pass beside me in the same manner .
When accredited to work for a Cycling Tour these people OUGHT to remember that they are being paid to ADVERTISE THEIR PRODUCTS TO THE PUBLIC and thus their bad behaviour reflects their Sponsor in a poor manner ! Seems that photographic evidence displayed to the public could help turn people off buying from FOCUS & WURTH !