Dangerous bus incident
Yesterday evening at 18:00 I was cycling Eastbound along Picadilly (I have marked a spot on the map but I don't recall exactly where it was). There was still full daylight and as usual I was wearing high vis gear. I had just overtaken another cyclist and had pulled into what I consider to be a normal riding position about 2 feet from the kerb.
At this point I was overtaken by a bus. The bus did not get all the way past me and at the point where I was approximately level with the exit doors at the middle of the bus, the bus started to indicate left, slow down and pull into a stop. I only avoided being knocked off and potentially crushed by the bus because I slowed down to almost a stop to allow the bus to go fully past me before I pulled out to go past the stopped bus on the right hand side.
As I passed the driver's window I called "watch what you are doing", to which the driver shouted "piss off" and stuck his middle finger up at me. I foolishly stuck my middle finger up right back at the driver, which I regret doing, but sometimes these things happen in the heat of the moment. I also wish I had stopped and noted the route number and registration plate of the bus but (a) I had somewhere to be and (b) I just wanted to get away from the dangerous and potentially aggressive bus driver
I have submitted a complaint to TFL but I doubt they will be able to do anything because I did not notice either the bus route number or registration number so I do not think they will be able to identify which bus and which bus driver it was.
Is there anything else I can do? I'm not wishing to tar all bus drivers with the same brush but I am mainly posting here to highlight a potential issue, ask if anyone has had similar experiences and share my experience so others may learn from it or be more aware of the danger posed by being overtaken by a bus.
This post was edited by phufbl at 2:19pm 20 April 2014.