I live on a country lane in Shropshire. The lane is used by pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, tractors (now there's a whole new subject worthy of its own thread) and the occasional motor cyclist. And dog walkers. Quite a mix, but it's generally a quiet lane with not much traffic. I fit in to all the categories with the exception of the agricultural stuff. Although my car did have a tractor shaped front end a while ago as the lunatic race down the lane and even though I'd stopped when I saw him coming towards me at 30mph.......still, he had a bear the cost of refitting the 2 huge tyres back on to his 2 huge back wheels
it is the (Lycra clad) cyclists that are the biggest pain irrespective of the category I have adopted on that particular occasion. I'm walking the dogs and a bike comes flying down the lane. I quickly bring the dogs in close to avoid the inevitable. Not a word of thanks...nothing, zilch.
Bike looms up in 'furtive mode' from behind. No warning. Zooms by. Wasn't aware he/she was there until they whooshed by. Wasn't able to secure the dogs this time, but he/she was travelling so fast, even they wouldn't have caught him/her. They have since gone on some intensive training to up their pace to more effective chasing speeds. Next time we'll be ready for him.......or her.
Driving the car along our single track with passing spaces lane. Bike ahead but clearly no room to get by safely unless he/she decides to let me by. He/she doesn't seem to want to for some obscure reason. Up the hill....now doing less than 10mph. Long hill and I so enjoyed watching their effort to top the hill. Why not let me by? I would...and I do when I ride a bike.
Club run on a weekend. 15-20 bikes in one elongated group. A long line of cars behind. I counted 26 vehicles (luckily I was travelling in the opposite direction). More joining the throng by the minute. Seen this more and more in the past year or two. Long lines of cyclists make it almost impossible for vehicles to pass. The cyclists are oblivious to all this. They should break up in to smaller groups to allow vehicles to pass a small group at a time. It's in the interest of both cyclists and drivers to co-operate and ride/drive defensively.
Walking through Ludlow town centre recently. It's one way for traffic. Cyclist riding through the middle of town in the wrong direction. I politely inform matey of his oversight. He impolitely tells me to mind my own business.
A bell should be a requirement for all bikes. Used sensibly and in tandem with other options already discussed, should avoid many problems I see. Have a bell on my bike, and when used with consideration, works well. A smile, nod, good morning etc etc work well with a bell.
Mirrors...or at least one. You wouldn't drive a car or ride a motorbike without the ability to know what's going on behind you.
Insurance...already done to death, but should be a requirement. Most cyclists are considerate, sensible reasonable people. An increasing number are not.....in my experience.
Just my take on the subject.