I had a bit of a moment yesterday and I wanted to share/vent.
Drove into York from the village I live in and witnessed at least three incidents which made me despair of being a cyclist.
First guy - bimbling along on a sort of hybrid thing in a 40 limit. Double white lines in the middle of the road and he's swerving all over with no lights or hi-viz kit at around dusk. As i got closer I realise he's engrossed in his iPhone.
I then get to a traffic light controlled crossroads. My lights go green as I approach to turn right and, as I do so, three guys, each on there own bike but obviously together, jump their red light from the direction that I'm going to go and one inexplicably veers onto my side of the road directly infront of my car. He looks genuinely p*ssed off at me when I have to skid to a halt. His two mates proceed to give me all the abuse they can before the road is clear and I can drive on.
Get into York proper and its one way system to be greeted by a woman on a sit up and beg shopper coming at me against the flow of traffic completely oblivious as to why this might be a problem.
Now I'm a cyclist, but yesterday was a real wake up to the fact that most drivers' negative attitude towards cyclists is only reinforced by the standard of cycling that I saw on that short, two mile journey.
York's a city with good provision for cyclists. Is it too much to expect people to just have a bit of common sense? Whether I'm on the bike or in my car, I find that if I follow the golden rule of 'don't get in anybody's way' then all is usually well.
Not sure what response I'm looking for with this but I'm beginning to think that perhaps cycling in towns and cities needs to be subject to greater scrutiny.