They ARE Out To Get Me!
So I used to think that I was maybe a little paranoid about the way people drive around bikes. Or more specifically, about how people drive around my bike, when I’m riding it.
But after today, I’ve realised that it isn’t paranoia - they really are all out to get me.
Today I had FIVE assassination attempts in a 33 mile round trip from home on the coast, to Team Valley in Gateshead.
It was cold at home, but as soon as I’d got away from the sea, the temperature dropped further - by North Shields, there was ice all over the pavements, and even on the edges of the salted roads. Not the best cycling conditions, but made worse by some heavy hail / snow that came in just as I got to the top of the hill that takes you down from Gateshead town centre to the Team Valley. Big steep hill, usually taken at speed? Not today it wasn’t - it was frankly terrifying.
Anyway. Here’s my rundown of the assassination attempts:
- An Arriva bus in North Shields whose driver thought that giving me a six-inch margin was more than enough, and I should be grateful for that.
- Two miles down the road, I braked to let another bus pull out (I’m not a bussist, after all), and nearly got rear-ended by a guy who then made his feelings known by leaning on the horn. He then overtook me going down Rose Hill, and in so doing, crossed the double white lines & exceeded the speed limit.
- In central Gateshead while I was climbing a hill that’s got three lanes, the driver of a scaffolding company lorry (I didn’t get the name), decided that he could stay in his original lane, rather than pull out to overtake me.
- In central Newcastle, pedestrians were unwittingly co-opted into the Kill Karl bonanza. On the approach to a traffic-lighted roundabout, the car in front of me stopped right at the pedestrian crossing to let the passenger out. He had a green light, but the pedestrians waiting to cross, assumed that he’d stopped for a red light. The took the road en-masse, just as I got there on the still green light.
- Finally, going down Chruch Bank, just after Wallsend, the car behind me decided that I’d no right to ride at the speed limit, in the centre of my lane, and so avoiding the ice still present a the kerb side. And yes, as he overtook, he made his feelings very clear on the subject.
Is it just my imagination, or is everyone driving like an eejit today? Or maybe there is a conspiracy to rub me out after all.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 01/05/2009
- Time: 18:35:05
- Total Time: 2:31:00.00
- Calories: 1577
- Distance: 33 miles
- Average Speed: 13.11 mph