So what exactly has led me to this opinion?
First let me show anyone who doesn't know what an ASL is, a picture of one.
|It's a pedal bus....honest!|
Oops! Sorry, there seems to be a bus in that one. I'll try again.
|The blind spot of an HGV marked on the floor|
Ah. That's unfortunate the blind spot is exactly the same shape as the ASL. That is a bit of a problem, but that is not why I despise them so much.
There are many ways that you can categorise cyclists. Lycra clad cyclists, shopping basket cyclists, all the gear/no idea cyclists etc. The list is very long. However, when it comes to utilisation of cycling infrastructure (and I am ignoring anarchist cyclists who ignore all infrastructure) there are two types of cyclists. Experienced and inexperienced. There are significant differences in how these two groups use ASLs.
Some would disagree, but I'd class myself as an experienced cyclist. I've been at it for over 6 years now, and I try to keep myself safe. So what goes through my mind when I approach a junction with an ASL?
So what goes through an inexperienced cyclists mind when they approach the same junction?