“Sorry mate I didn't see you” is a phrase sadly familiar to cyclists across the country: it's the stock phrase of the motorist who has just been involved in a near miss with a cyclists. Cycle safety campaigners long ago shortened it to the acronym SMIDSY, and now, as we reported earlier this month, the CTC has decided to use SMIDSY to raise public awareness of poor driving and road design.
The campaign is called Stop SMIDSY! Although in person SMIDSY seems a rather safety conscious lion, or possibly lioness with his/her own website www.stop-smidsy.org.uk on which cyclists or members of the public can report instances of poor or unsafe driving, and particularly near misses. Although SMIDSY is a humourous and non-confrontational lion the campaign does have a very serious purpose as SMIDSY and the CTC's Campaingns co-ordinator, Debra Rolfe and the woman behind SMIDSY, explained to road.cc when we caught up with her at the London Cycle Show.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.