Thoughts from a 3rd cat and vet racing and commuting cyclist
Thursday 16 June 2011
"Use the cycle path!" (here we go again)
The driver of this silver car LC10PYB has a number of excuses for nearly killing me. He responded to the policeman who wrote to him that I was presenting an unneccesary hazard by not using the shared use cycle path alongside this road. He was affronted that my presence caused him to have to move further into the offside lane (did he??) than was usually required to pass a bicycle. He was not apparently to blame at all, as I should not have been there. He reinforced these points by asserting that his passenger agreed with him. According to the policeman, who forwarded these comments to me, he is not alone amongst the drivers whose carelessness I have reported in expressing those sentiments. This is a motorist's mindset that ought, as I have explained in earlier posts, to have been dispelled finally by the quashing of the conviction of Daniel Cadden.
I have tried segregated cycling infrastructure. I tried it again this week on my way back from a race at Hillingdon when I was willing to spin out at slow speed, but I just cannot see it as a sensible way of travelling a moderate to long distance in a reasonable time.
There is a shocking irony here; that motorists many of whom are highly antagonistic to any attempts to get them to slow down in built up areas or even in some cases hostile to attempts to enforce existing speed limits(and thereby unquestionably to save lives), consider it perfectly reasonable to expect cyclists to sacrifice speed and convenience just to get out of their way or (so some like the driver of LC10PYB imply) it is perfectly alright to endanger our lives by passing by at 50mph with a couple of feet to spare.