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Old 10-05-12, 06:40 AM   #1
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Cop passes real close to cyclist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMphh...layer_embedded


http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londo...t-8196791.html
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Old 10-05-12, 07:07 AM   #2
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Meh. Life in the big city.
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If you read down in the comments there is another cyclist who is saying that the rider here was the one at fault.
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Old 10-05-12, 07:38 AM   #5
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't the cyclist have been in the bus lane after coming out of the tunnel?
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Old 10-05-12, 07:41 AM   #6
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I've got a video of one of our finest doing a full throttle pass alongside me, no lights or siren, and maintaining his cruiser speed to within the posted limit after that. Since the officers passing maneuver was done at a little more than 3 feet of distance, I let it go and continued on riding.
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Old 10-05-12, 07:52 AM   #7
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If you read down in the comments there is another cyclist who is saying that the rider here was the one at fault.
I found this one rather amusing, but reflects on how a number of motorists actually think.


"I don't think I would have been as polite and restrained if a cyclist chased me down the road and confronted me after such a non-event. It was not a near miss, the cyclist should actually have moved over after he passed the bus and he is clearly a bit of a sad case if he cycles everywhere with a camera on his head".
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if nothing else, the 3'/4'/5' passing laws get the cops to give more room when passing. At least this has been my experience
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Old 10-05-12, 08:21 AM   #9
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>.< Such hatred and ignorance in the comments..
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I've got a video of one of our finest doing a full throttle pass alongside me, no lights or siren, and maintaining his cruiser speed to within the posted limit after that. Since the officers passing maneuver was done at a little more than 3 feet of distance, I let it go and continued on riding.
What is your point? Motorists are supposed to slow down when passing even when giving adequate lateral distance? If so, slow down to what speed to satisfy you?
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What is your point? Motorists are supposed to slow down when passing even when giving adequate lateral distance? If so, slow down to what speed to satisfy you?
No oncoming traffic, passed me within the lane that was sharrowed, plus I was followed by the LEO for a couple of blocks before the incident occurred.
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I don't know the laws there, are cops allowed in the bus lane? Are bikes? Is it allowable to pass on the left like that?

Edit...although I don't think it matters. Upon rewatching, the pass was obviously much closer than safe, or necessary. Silly behaviour on the cop's part, I don't see any justification for driving so dangerously - he ended up stopped at the same light, after all.
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You were inconveniencing me.
That said it all. The law is irrelevant when a motorist is being inconvenienced. I've known several heroin, cocaine and meth addicts who felt the same way about their drugs and those who interfered with their access.
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Did no one read the article posted by the OP in which the police admit the cop was wrong and said he will not do that again?
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londo...t-8196791.html
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Did no one read the article posted by the OP in which the police admit the cop was wrong and said he will not do that again?
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londo...t-8196791.html
That's not the impression I'm getting from the article.
Below was taken from that article.

The spokesman said: ‎"Officers have viewed the clip and, having spoken with the driver of the police vehicle, we are satisfied that no further action needs to be taken.

That doesn't say that the police feel this officer was wrong and won't do it again.
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That's not the impression I'm getting from the article.
Below was taken from that article.

The spokesman said: ‎"Officers have viewed the clip and, having spoken with the driver of the police vehicle, we are satisfied that no further action needs to be taken.

That doesn't say that the police feel this officer was wrong and won't do it again.
Maybe you are right, JAM cops move may be in line with their training
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Last time I chased down a cop to argue that he was in the wrong, I was taken to the ground, cuffed, and threatened with jail time. What could possibly be gained from that...PRs for the department make a bogus statement on behalf of the cop? This guy was asking for trouble. When you take your bicycle out on a roadway, if you don't accept the fact that you're going to be treated unfairly at times, you will eventually wind up at your destination as, what the marines would affectionately say as, "butthurt" for no reason. The most you can do is make sure you are in the right, and certainly not invite scrutiny from a jerk off cop.
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Last time I chased down a cop to argue that he was in the wrong, I was taken to the ground, cuffed, and threatened with jail time. What could possibly be gained from that...
Sounds fascinating. Care to amplify about the particulars of this incident?
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No doubt about it - the cop is wanker. I hope the Youtube guy was able to take it to a higher authority though I know most cops in the UK wouldn't give a toss about it.
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Even if the bus lane is only for buses and not buses/cyclists then the cop had no excuse for that behaviour, Met Police have been getting away with misconduct for far too long and its getting worse and then they wonder why no one respects them.
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