A day in the life of a car driver
I ride a bike, and like many cyclists I also drive a car. I am also a member of the IAM. I drive my car into central London every day to get to work, I will not ride my bike; it is too dangerous! I drive from Croydon through Norwood Junction, Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Herne Hill, Loughbrough Junction, Kennington, Lambeth and the City.
This morning I was waiting at the lights at the junction of the A3 and A23 at Oval and just as the lights changed a cyclist dived in between my car and the car in front. Now, I am used to this; it happens quite often, I always check to see if there happens to be a cyclist bent on his or her own desruction approaching from behind before I move off, but surely, as the majority of us are car drivers, it must make sense to ride in a manner designed to preserve one's life rather than endanger it? The first time this happened to me I sounded my horn and received the finger - nice, put yourself in danger and blame everyone else; that's how to thank someone for not running you over!
There is something along these lines that happens every day: every day! I promise to keep you informed.
Why do some cyclists think that they are invicible? Flesh and blood does not come off well when confronted with steel and glass - anyone reading who has:
- Run a red light,
- Ridden the wrong way up a one way street,
- Ridden the wrong way up the other side of the road,
- Not stopped at a Zebra crossing,
- Ridden up the pavement,
- Cut in and out of moving traffic,
- Ridden up behind a slow moving car on the left to undertake,
- Ignored a left turn signal from a car,
- and many other daft things that are done by cyclists,
needs to realise that cycling can be detrimental to your health unless it is done correctly - look out for yourself, do not leave it to the car driver to look out for you.