“It’s a sensible discussion to have”: Is Jeremy Vine’s idea to ban drivers from overtaking cyclists in cities a good idea? | road.cc
Dan Alexander Mar 14, 2022
Jeremy Vine shared a video of a taxi driver overtaking him five times, only to drop back behind at the next set of traffic lights.
“If you watch this clip from my commute, you’ll see there is no point whatsoever in any of this driver’s five overtakes — even with the roads clear,” Vine tweeted.
“No complaints about the cab driver: he never passed too close. But why can’t he see: even without traffic, it’s pointless to overtake a bicycle in a city? The argument is that a bicycle is faster, so every single overtake he does will have to be repeated. And as you see from the film, even though he is quite a good driver, all overtaking involves a slight increase in risk.
“I think my point is that any overtake bears risk, and they should be avoided if possible, and the clip clearly establishes that motor vehicles are slower than bicycles, so it’s best for him not to overtake me at all.”