MGIF: Pinch-point Overtake

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The white car decides a great place to overtake a cyclist would be at a traffic island. The pass here is close enough that I could reach out and touch the car if I was so inclined.

Close passes like this are inexcusable regardless of where the driver is going, but to make this worse, he then takes the right turn where he has to wait for a gap in the traffic and I catch him up.

If he had hung back through the traffic island, to the right-turn lane, he would have lost no time whatsoever, making the overtake not only dangerous but completely pointless.

From a personal learning point, in these situations I need to be more assertive in taking the lane to prevent the overtake in the first place. That doesn’t excuse the poor driving though.

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