Summer Cycling Madness
The weather's picked up and the number of people out on their bikes has, naturally, increased. Good! When I see someone struggling along with under-inflated tyres and a squeeking chain I feel like stopping them to offer some tips, but then, hey, they're probably happy. The only thing I've noticed this year is the madness of some cycists! There's always the curb huggers, but then they usually stay pretty safe. I've seen some crazy red light jumping, zebra crossing pedestrian weaving, reckless cycle path overtaking and, when I was out in the car, saw a cyclist ahead who was starting to look around. I thought to myself, 'you want to shift lanes', and, sure enough, out came the hand and a Geronimo! style manoeuvre was initiated. The best one was 2 girls trying to take a short cut around a one way system. After a lot of hysterical laughing and nearly coming to grief with a taxi they hopped onto the pavement. In all these situations the Darwin Award was only kept in the drawer by an observant, and tolerant, motorist, although you could see the 'bloody cyclist' look in their eyes. Not helpful and not a lot you can do but, sadly, it will probably just up the number of cycle hating motorists who wind us all up.