Friday 30 January 2015

A Clockwork Letter

I seem to be sending lots of letters at the moment! Here is my latest, to Clockwork

Dear Sir/madam,

Unfortunately I am writing to you about a driving incident that occurred on the morning of the 27th January with one of your drivers.

I cycle to work most morning and cycle south on Milngavie Road as part of my journey. This particular road has a cycle lane, which I use for certain sections. In other sections I chose not to use it. There are number of reasons that I don't use it which include, the fact that it is poorly designed, poorly maintained, often filled with debris, etc. As I am fully entitled to use the road as I see fit, I do so. Despite this in the section where the incident occurred, I am still towards the left of the lane.

As I was approaching Hillfoot a Clockwork HGV registration number (BV57KFD) started overtaking me. This was not a problem at first as the driver appeared to be giving me lots of room, and there were no issues with oncoming traffic. However, as the overtake progressed the driver appeared to swing his trailer towards me and came close to side-swiping me with the very rear of the trailer. There was no justification for this. Due to the proximity of the trailer I felt the need to swerve out of the way.

As is often the case, I caught up with the HGV and the driver later on. I asked the driver why he had driven so close to me. He did not deny that he had done so, and when I pressed further he aggressively asked me why I had not been in the cycle lane. I asked him if he felt this mattered or not.

I film my commutes on camera for safety reasons, thus you can view the footage of the incident and the following discussion, here (

In my opinion the driver's reaction suggests that he was annoyed with my road position and felt the need to make a point with his HGV. This is totally unacceptable. Even if this wasn't the case, there is no excuse for the the HGV coming as close as it did. A driver of an HGV should leave plenty of room for vulnerable road users and only overtake when it is safe to do so.

I would be grateful if you could investigate the matter, and I would be interested to hear the drivers side of the story. Please could you also ensure that all of your drivers are reminded of the importance of driving safely around cyclists, as we do not have a a protective cage.

Many thanks for your help in this matter.

Best regards

Dr David Brennan

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