Many people, when reading an account by a cyclist of how much of a twat drivers are, don’t realise it really is a tiny minority, a tiny, tiny minority of drivers who seriously ve x the average cyclist, and get all defensive and start whining about red lights. And we cyclists should be more careful about tarring everyone in a car with the same brush. Obviously the vast, vast majority of cyclists and motorists pass each other on the roads each day without another thought from either party.
On my commute, for example the same vehicles pass me every morning, There are a handful drivers who cause me problems on a regular basis, and I know their number plates.
The clue is if you’re getting shouted at, the chances are you’re doing something that is out of the ordianry and dangerous. This morning, a motorist pulled out in front of me even though I had right of way. I had to swerve to avoid him, so I shouted “Oi, Watch where you’re going”. Reasonable responses would have ranged from “Terribly sorry, didn’t see you” to “fuck off, cunt, Get a car” depending on how far down the evolutionary and social scale the driver was. What actually happened was that the driver spun the car round, taking another road to the one he intended to take, and deliberately rammed me. That’s the kind of behaviour which makes cyclists hypersensitive.
So. Everyone who’s defended “the motorist” on this blog. You can clearly read, and some of your thoughts make sense. It’s not YOU I’m getting at, it’s certainly not ALL drivers. It’s the morons who are causing the crashes with your cars too. The thoughless, idiotic, incompetent and aggressive drivers. The road-rage rammer, The tailgaiters, the 100mph speeders in freezing fog, the women applying make-up whilst driving. It’s just the consequences of this sort of behaviour when you’re on a bike are so much more severe, Insurance claim vs probate valuation, which makes the cyclist hypersensitive. If you get shouted at by a cyclist, apologise, the chances are you don’t know what you’ve done; a cyclist – by far the most vulnerable road user – felt scared by something you did. Have the humility to realise that everyone makes a mistake from time to time and you just did.
In this particular case, I got the number plate, and the police are looking for him. He’s in VERY big trouble. He’s going to lose his license and get fined heavily, whereas I’m asking whether I should get a Van Nicholas, Litespeed or a new Condor when I fuck his insurance company for everything I can. I am looking forward to seeing him in court, where I shall laugh at him as he stuggles to explain why he did what he did. Judging by the 14-year old red pugeout 106 he was driving, and his stupid spiky hair, I doubt he’s going to be very eloquent in his defence.