The Perils of the Road
26th May 2017
For this blog I thought I would tackle the contentious issue of the relationship between cyclist and our fellow road users. Now let me put my cards on the table first. I am a born and bred London driver. That means, as far as I am concerned, every bit of tarmac is all mine and any gap is to be exploited to it maximum. Cutting in is a skill developed to the sound of many a car horn and Lorries are there to play chicken with. However, as a born & bred London driver, cyclists are the vein of my life. It would appear that red lights, stop signs and pedestrian crossing only apply to everyone else. The river of black tarmac is theirs and theirs alone.
Having now spent many a sore hour on a bike, I can report that both parties are as bad as each other. For cyclist the traffic laws do apply. If the light is red, it’s red for a reason and those human beings using the pedestrian crossing deserve to be able to cross without looking out for a Lycra clad lunatic flying between them at 20mph.
When you are on a bike, cars and Lorries are a different matter. They are scary, just plain scary. Some drivers, like some cyclist, are brilliant and give you plenty of space. However, some drivers just don’t and when you are as exposed as you are on a bike it can be terrifying. On a number of occasions now cars have passed me so close that I could reach out and touch the car as they go by and they do that with a 2 ton metal lump traveling at 40 mph.
So maybe a little more consideration by both parties wouldn’t go a miss. We do after all have to share the same tarmac.
This weekend will be our last training ride before the big day on the 31st. Apparently we have to be on the start line in Greenwich Park at 630am. Believe me that will be a big shock to the system. I have to say that I am more than a little apprehensive about the whole thing. But, fingers crossed both Candice and I will cross the line in Paris by Saturday afternoon.
I would like to thank everyone who has donated and wished us well with our little trip to Paris. Seeing how much we have raised and the kind comments on Justgiving has made all the hours training worthwhile. So if by chance you haven’t donated, maybe it’s time to stick your hands in your pockets and give us your cash.
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