Thursday, February 16, 2012
When I see a cyclist in the middle of the lane instead of on the left, or when I see a cyclist without a helmet, or ignoring a red light, I understand why drivers get annoyed by cyclists. I love cycling, but even I get annoyed when I see (or sometimes don't see until nearly too late) a cyclist without proper lighting. Over the last couple of months this has happened a lot. As a driver, I am quite happy to slow down for a while and sit behind a cyclist to give them space. I will overtake giving them plenty of room. But I get infuriated when they seem to think themselves invulnerable and above the law.
So if you cycle, thank you. Please keep cycling. But please don't annoy drivers by being almost invisible and by ignoring things like red lights and rights of way. If we want drivers to respect our right to cycle, we need to show that we can abide by the rules just like everyone else.