I felt I needed to vent after another training ride and yet another incident with a car in Richmond Park!
It has easily been the worst winter ever for disgruntled drivers on the Surrey roads with shouts of abuse, horns being blown and in some cases erratic actions from drivers to scare us!
I/we do everything we can do avoid roads when they are at their busiest, we leave at 8am on Sunday mornings for the group rides so we can get out into the country lanes before people are up, I only ride in Richmond Park Monday to Friday during the day when people are working, and yet it seems to not make any difference.
I can only assume it's a 'London thing' and people are so stressed and in such a hurry ALL of the time, that even the sight of a cyclist angers them and for those few seconds they might loose from their journey to wherever it is they are going; and late for; is life threatening!
As a coach it is already hard taking groups and clients out on the roads when they are competent so taking beginner and nervous cyclists out is becoming a horrendous experience for both the client and myself.
We often get shouted 'get single file' when we ride a two-a-breast in a bigger group. If you don't know, riding two-a-breast is NOT illegal and for car drivers it actually makes over-taking easier not harder. I have attached a YouTube video below which I think sends an important message. The video has been put together by 'RSA Ireland' and talks about cars and bikes sharing the roads together.... wishful thinking I feel as things seem to be getting worse not better?
As a cyclist I have a responsibility on the road and as a car driver I have the same responsibility which is to cycle/drive safely, respectful of others and abide by the rules of the road. If we can all make more of a concentrated effort, plain and simple, just be nicer to our fellow road users, I believe EVERYONE will have a more pleasant experience.
Write again soon....I have lots to say. :-)
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