Wednesday 3 June 2009 4.27pm
A lot of the time cyclists don't help themselves. Over the last week, it's been great to see so many more cyclists on the roads as the hot weather encourages people to cycle to work.
BUT, I'm very surprised that I haven't seen more cyclists literally "on the roads" as a result of an accident; because I have to say the level of roadcraft shown by a lot of them is close to zero.
I couldn't pass a car test with that little awareness of other road users. I doubt I'd get as far as taking my motorbike test if I had that little awareness of other road users ( not least because it would be highly likely that one of them would have run me over before I got chance to send off the application form).
Either these people have no common sense and/or have never been in charge of any other roadgoing vehicle (in which case I have a certain amount of sympathy, but FGS how many times do you have to try to jam yourself up the inside of a lorry on a tight road to realise that it's DANGEROUS?), or they are aware of the dangers but think that they are in some way immortal (in which case, I'm torn between (i)wishing them good luck, and (ii) cursing them. Because, if I have an accident with a cyclist because of some reckless behaviour on their part, I will take them to hospital, wait for them to get better, and then give them a blooming good piece of my mind.
...if you press it, they will come.