But for some people, cycling is the new black circa 1850’s America. Something that they are disgusted by as they drive their big, modified, white Subaru. Cyclists mean they can’t drive at 60mph in a 30mph zone with their douchey trance music offending the ears of anyone within a half mile radius, but rather, they have to slow down to nearly within the speed limit which is just such a freaking inconvenience.
In case it wasn’t becoming quite obvious that I have had a bit of an incident recently, I’ll just confirm that during an otherwise pleasant countryside cycle with Ian on Sunday, a fat bag of dicks that only just came into my sight once I had set off from a T-junction (with plenty of time for me to move the 3 meters forwards in order to be out of his lane), decided that he was so affronted by my being on the road that he deliberately sped up, and thought it appropriate to shout out of his window that I was a “fucking idiot” as he sped past me in the opposite direction.
I know I was not in the wrong: I looked both ways before I set off, and when the driver zoomed into view he was going far too fast. But that doesn’t mean that his thoughtless comment hasn’t annoyed me for the last few days. I somehow doubt he would be so vocal if he wasn’t in a big metal box that I could never catch up with, especially with Ian there too. I guess part of it annoys me because no matter how careful and considerate the majority of cyclists and drivers are, there will always be the few (of both) that think they own the road and have a serious grudge against anyone else using it that they don’t feel is worthy of sharing their space. As long as they stay in the minority, we’re good.
The Falls of Feugh are pretty popular this time of year as you can stand on the bridge and watch salmon attempt to get upstream. Ian and I saw a few make a good attempt, but fail to get up the falls successfully. After a near miss, we decided to head off, which is when I met Mr. White Subaru.
Have any of you had bad experiences cycling? Or are you a driver that has had a bad encounter with a cyclist? Why do you think some drivers hate cyclists, and some cyclists hate drivers?