November 22, 2017 by welshcyclist
I want to get back where I belong. That is a lot happier with myself my body shape and so on and on.
Since my DVT episode back in January of this year, I’ve done very little cycling, and rarely commuted to work. This has left me overweight and not feeling so good about myself. I’ve grown soft and lazy, making all the excuses to myself about the reasons not to ride that I used to laugh at. Oh, it’s too wet! Too cold! Too far and I’ll get all sweaty! It’s too much trouble to wash and change when I get there!
I must say I’m disgusted with myself!
Not that is all discouraging me, can I call it cowardice or my need for self-preservation. Read on!
One major thing that has struck me about not riding the way I did is the realisation just how vulnerable I, we, cyclists are on the roads. I have been using the car to travel to and from work and have noticed the commuting fraternity of cyclists has grown and is growing considerably. It has meant that I am interacting with them a lot in my car. Not only do I recognise their vulnerability, but the real danger selfish drivers constantly put them in. I have to admit I even find it quite frightening driving in my car with these idiotic drivers racing about, cutting in on me, but they do it with even more scant regard at all for cyclists. In the past, I have had to endure quite a few near-misses that put me in real danger of injury or worse. Simply by the law of averages, because there are so many more cyclists commuting now the numbers of near-misses must have increased by a very alarming factor.
Personally, wherever possible I stick to cycle paths and will do so, even more even if it adds some distance to my commute. But I worry a great deal about our brethren of lycra-clad cyclists who because they are timing themselves on their commute, always trying to improve their speed, who “have” to stick to the road, even if it is a dual carriageway. I say what madness but it is a free country, and the law allows them to. But they make me shudder. My car driving commute has convinced me that cars and cyclists don’t mix, can’t mix!
We have to be kept separate.
It needs a massive infrastructure shift.
Meanwhile, the real question that needs to be answered is how do we get them, that now make large “minority” of selfish stupid and inconsiderate drivers, off the road, to keep the rest of us safe!
It would prove a real encouragement to me, and no doubt many other would-be cyclists.
What do you think my faithful reader?
Yes, I’m still here.