OK then, a drive in the life of a car driver
I drive a nice clean car - no congestion charge you see, trains are OK, but more expensive than driving and there are many people with colds which I'd rather not catch. I used to get the train and since stopping, about a year or so now, I haven't had one cold when I used to get them all the time.
This morning another fantastic drive (55 mpg) nice and relaxed, radio on, not a care in the world, a particularly considerate cyclist too. I was going down a one way street in the City when a bike comes the other (wrong) way, there is no allowance for bikes to go the wrong way on this street as there is on some. I stop to let him go past (not sounding my horn oddly enough, the incident referred to yesterday, as I said yesterday, was the only time I have sounded my horn in the many times some cyclists have tried to commit suicide in front of me) and he stops by my window to remonstrate with me about nearly killing him, what? I said that it was a one way street, to which he replied, and I'm not joking, 'get out of there and I'll thump you'! I said to him that I didn't want to fight him and that I didn't want to kill him either, geuss what? The finger again.
My reason for writing is not to upset you all, I too ride a bike as I said yesterday, I write because I want to try to instill a little common sense into cycling, there are rules on the road for drivers, riders and pedestrians, most of us are all three. Would you drive your car the wrong way down a one way street, and if not why not? It's obvious, I hope, so why ride a bike like that? The same is true of list I included yesterday, why do all those things when everyone knows they are dangerous and against the law?
You may blame poor driving; there is certainly a lot of that, but as I said yesterday look out for yourselves, do not rely on car drivers to do it for you! I am probably the exception as I do look, bit there are many who don't.