Thursday, 22 April 2010

Crap bus drivers in Manchester

The Love Your Bike campaign has released the results of a survey in which they asked Greater Manchester cyclists to rank the types of bus driver behaviour that makes them feel unsafe on the roads.

Over 700 people responded to the survey and the top three bus driver behaviours that cause concerns for all cyclists, whether they cycle occasionally or everyday, were (figures expressed as percentages of respondents that selected the behaviour):

1. ‘Passing too close to you’ (76%)
2. ‘Pulling out from bus stops without looking and signalling’ (60%)
3. ‘Overtaking when not necessary (in busy traffic or approaching a bus stop)’ (43%)

In Greater Manchester there are very few cyclist fatalities or serious injuries from incidents between buses and bicycles. However, poor or thoughtless bus driver behaviours can deter people from cycling. Love Your Bike campaigners often talk to people about cycling, and buses are a common cause of concern for those considering cycling more often.


A YOUNG cyclist is fighting for his life after a crash with a bus in Coventry city centre.

The casualty, who was said to be in his late teens, suffered serious head injuries and was last night in a ‘critical’ condition at University Hospital.

The accident happened yesterday afternoon at the busy junction of Hales Street, Corporation Street, Bishop Street and the Burges.