Why larger vehicles are a drag for all cyclists

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By Kent and Sussex Courier | Friday, October 12, 2012, 08:00

FOOTAGE from our cyclist shows the dangers ever present on the roads of Tunbridge Wells.

Mr Levy said he experienced "two or three" near misses every day on his commute.

Causes included cars parked on the road, vehicles undertaking into a cycle lane or poor weather conditions and visibility.

But he said the biggest problem comes from larger vehicles passing him at high speeds and the resulting drag effect, which forces him further into the road.

He caught this on camera in one harrowing exchange in Tudeley Road.

A van sped past on the 50mph speed limit road, forcing Mr Levy to move further inward because of the drag that it created.

Less than a second later, a second van came hurtling past narrowly avoiding his bike.

Mr Levy could be heard on the video shouting "woah woah woah" while trying to steady the bike before letting out a sigh of relief.

It caused him to slow down to maintain his balance.

He said: "It is more of a problem when you have traffic also coming in the opposite lane because the road suddenly becomes very narrow."

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  • Profile image for Mrcheerful

    The cycle is incompatible with the roads it is being used upon.

    By Mrcheerful at 09:26 on 12/10/12

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