A question for other commuters...
...a simple one, that I'm hoping some of you can answer for me.
I've been commuting by bike in London for ten years. In many ways, it has changed a lot for the better. More bikes = more awareness by drivers = safer conditions, I think. For the most part.
*But*. One thing that has got a lot worse as the number of other bike commuters has grown is my experience at junctions / red lights etc. Every day.
I stop at red lights, and am fairly conservative at junctions etc. Largely because if you're commuting in every day, then you're better off not taking risks. Eventually, if you keep taking risks, you'll be unlucky.
Between junctions, I ride fairly quickly. Overtake most bikes, only get overtaken occasionally.
But at junctions, it's now all very chaotic. I stop at a red light, and within seconds, all the bikes I've been overtaking are squeezing past me on my inside, outside, wherever, stopping in front of me, no matter what space there is there.
Meaning of course I then have to overtake them all over again once we get going.
When I get to a junction, if there's a bike there, I stop behind it. It's fine. Why are so many (London) commuters to determined to *always* be at the front of every bunch of cyclists at a junction, no matter what they have to do to get there, and no matter how much slower they are?
I don't understand it. And it's definitely getting worse all the time.
Would be very grateful if someone could explain the logic. Thanks.