i ride from whitleigh to uni every weekday and there is just total ignorance.
every day without fail (emphasis on that) i will have a near miss or similar.
i ride on the pavment for a lot of the way and also get downright ignorant people. one guy the other day, saw me coming, staring straight at me, just stood there. and i often get abuse from pedestrians and/or motorists.
argh, it frustrates me so much!
im considering buying one of these:
although it seems a novelty at first, considering what i go through each ride, its becoming a serious option.
what can you do aye?!
as someone said on here before, driving is a privilege not a right as most drivers would like to think.
when im on the pavement, i understand fully that im not meant to be there (although its not enforced) and im on cycle paths alot of tha way/ so i give way to pedestrians, its their path not mine, but i just dont feel safe on the roads. and i never get a nod or a thanks etc. when i do so for pedestrians or motorists or when giving way. maybe one nice driver or person a month.
i havent even started driving yet but it would be a fair assumption of mine that i know more highway code than a lot of drivers in plymouth.
as silverclaws said, citybus are pretty good, they generally give me *enough* space (not a car width though, but more than most). bloody handlebar skimmers.
police round here are quite loyal to the job too which does help somewhat in most cases
my mate crashed his 125 bike just outside transit way the other day and not one car/person stopped to help him
oh this isnt rant over. just have to keep it to myself now!
hope your ok anyway bud. if you need any parts in the meantime i might have it