Hi there ..... is anyone else noticing more and more of those annoying moto skooters taking up the bicycle space at traffic lights - what is that all about?????? It sends a chill up and down my spine when I take off at the lights, try and clip in and have 3 - 4 of those annoying motorised mosquitos pushing past me!
I'm playing devil's advocate here I know, but on the way home last night it wasn't mopeds, motorbikes, cars, vans, trucks or coaches that caused the most grief, it was the cyclists.
London being a heaving, busy, smoky metropolis means that *everyone* is in a terrible hurry and a bad mood, and although its no excuse, the vast majority of cyclists I've seen this last week really do antagonise by thinking they own the road and the rules don't apply.
If its not skipping lights, it's rushing past peds on a zebra crossing. I saw one fella ride at 10mph in the middle of the road, adjacent to the bus lane on Clapham Road yesterday, pissing off everything behind him, two wheels or four, engine or not.
Of the near misses I see every day, I'd say at least half are caused by poor riding - filtering in the wrong lane or trying to squeeze up by a bus/truck.
As well as getting annoyed at cars and vans being bad, be aware that cyclists being utterly unpredictable in their behaviour and utterly ignorant in the way you behave on the roads probably has as much to do with it, if not more.
Whilst riding home just now I was challenged by a young guy on an MTB asking Why was I being so dumb?
I got in his way whilst I was crossing a junction when the light was green for me whilst he'd decided to ride through the red light on my left!
Devil's advocat or not, that Clapham Road run is a horror. Coming off the lights at Stockwell and every numpty on a bike weaves about, 3 or 4 abreast across road and bus lane, desperate to race to the first back end of a bus that they will then wing out into the main road (without looking behind them obv) to avoid.
I hang back, avoid the numpty-peloton, wait until they've filtered into a food chain, and then I claim my scalps.
To the young ladies with earphones in who decided to cross a pedestrian crossing on Chichester Street (Belfast) this morning while the traffic lights were green: bikes are traffic too and you're damn lucky I'm not a frikkin' car or bus and was able to swerve to avoid you. I regret that your ear attachments may have prevented you from hearing the important instructional message that I attempted to convey by means of shouting, but think perhaps my sign language message will have been understood.
You were lucky this time, but Darwin will win in the end.
I gather that the girls you encountered were prolly deaf anyway, judging by the "boom-tish boom-tish!!!" I hear when kids walk past listening to their ipods.
"F**k you, you shouldn't have been going so fast!"