Went out for a ride last night after a little break on some quiet country roads around where I live. Usually the drivers around Kirby Fleetham are pretty good, there are always cyclists about and drivers are usually very courteous but last night they must have taken an idiot pill.
First up was YL16 TZK. A youngish woman driving along a single track lane who saw me in good time and decided to allow me no space whatsoever and shout abuse at me through her car window. Lovely!
As you can see, the driver didn’t even give me a metre. I ask myself how hard it would have been for her to slow down and even at a push pull over?
As cyclists we are considered ‘Vulnerable Road Users’ in the Highway Code. Rule 213 states:
“Cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet or icy patches on the road. Give them plenty of room and pay particular attention to any sudden change of direction they may have to make.”
She did not give me plenty of room and forced me on to an uneven road surface that could have caused me to come off my bike. What would the cost have been to her if she pulled over? She would have got home 30 seconds later, that’s what, but instead she chose to put me in jeopardy and follow that up with verbal abuse. Lovely lady.
Second up was BV60 XUS, a DFS delivery lorry. He came up behind me at speed, proceeded to close pass me then have to brake to avoid cyclists coming in the opposite direction.
As you can see from the photo the driver did not give me the required 2.25 metres from the edge of the road as advised by North Yorkshire Police. He also was very close to the cyclists coming in the opposite direction who he can’t have seen as he had to brake.
Again, why couldn’t he just approach a little slower and then when safe to pass just give me a little more room? But instead he speeds on past forcing me into the side of the road.
Drivers (of which I am also one), just be a little bit more considerate. If I hit your car I’ll just bounce off and you’ll maybe have a scuff on your car, no biggy, but I might lose my life. I have a family and I’m only just trying to enjoy my hobby (and lose a bit of timber) and really don’t want to end up in hospital or the cemetery just because you couldn’t hang on for 30 seconds.
Thanks for reading.