Thursday 2 August 2007 12.31pm
I can't say I'm not bothered about cyclists using bus lanes. Buses at bus stops, cars illegally parked, taxis picking up and setting down, roadworks all delay buses in the bus lanes.
But cyclists on paths are a massive problem especially on the New Kent Road
I walk daily on the New Kent Rd on the north side (which has no cycle path) and was once knocked over by a cyclist who went straight into me having approached from behind so was quite a shock. He didn't even come off his bike and said a casual 'sorry' while I told him 'just don't cycle here again'. I'm a young and well built male but this would have badly injured a small child or an elderly person.
And just last week I was crossing a road in Holborn when a cyclist went through it on a red light and shouted a rude word at ME, to which I responded with firm but polite words about it being a red light. He then stopped, followed me on his bike shouting abuse and spat at me.
So the next time I am crossing legally on a 'green man' or zebra crossing and a cyclists comes through then they may find they have to swerve to avoid me.
If they come off it'll be their fault and they'll be hard pushed to abuse or attack.
I used to cycle until my bike was nicked recently and I definitely agree that cyclists are not a different species and have worries of their own (cars, buses...). I had a couple of arguments with bus drivers about using bus lanes but I was very wary of pedestrians crossing the road. There are a lot of psychotic cyclists out there who cause mayhem do not respond well to polite, commonsense, defensive actions by pedestrians.
If you are too scared to cycle on the road, first look up a different route or a cycle path. If a cycle path is too slow for you use a bus, or walk or jog or rollerblade. Since my bike got nicked I run to the gym and take the bus back and the only shouting between me and another road user was when a pedestrian shouted 'run Forrest run'!