Cycling in Melbourne Australia
The road rules require all vehicles ( bicycles are vehicles) to be driven ( & " ridden" is driven in my book) in accordance with the prevailing conditions, the speed limit is a maximum, not a minimum. Congestion, weather, road surfaces, mixed mode on road users are all conditions to be observed.... and when I see bumper huggers trying to push drivers along at or above the posted speed limit maximum or riders coming up fast and demanding you move over in crowded conditions, I feel they are not " driving according to the conditions"...
most problems, incidents and issues arise because some one is not following one of those basic elements of safe road use and they then create issues for others.... The "I'm in a hurry" is no excuse .. nobody else is in that persons hurry, and thus that person needs to take a look at themself and why they are in " their hurry" - running late, just being agro, just having issues that they allow to flow onto their road use behaviour is an infection we see in every case where an incident, crash or scare happens....remember and this applies to everyone, nobody else is in your hurry, so why expect them to do more than be reasonable, courteous and legal, should they place themselves at risk because some else has a " hurry" going on in their head. ?
Slow down, be predictable, be legal and be visible, (it's not utopian), it is what the traffic rules require of us!