I’m riding my bike a bit more now and you soon forget how hated you generally are on the road for doing so.
To reduce the chances of a) pissing off car drivers and b) getting myself killed I wear all the appropriate attire and use twice the amount of lights. I even use my high visibility jacket as a rucksack cover as it’s reflection properties are awesome. And on top of that I always stop at lights and generally (I believe) don’t ride like a dick.
One thing I guess I’ve still to learn is not to poke my nose into other peoples’ business . . .
I was on my way back earlier today from a wee bit of shopping and had stopped at some lights behind some cars. Next to me on my right was a people carrier also waiting for the lights. In the back were six kids, none of which strapped in and in the front passenger seat was a woman holding a new born baby in her arms.
I had to double take as this sort of thing infuriates me. But my look of disdain must of been obvious as the man driving it gave me the filthiest look and, pressing a button beside him, wound down the near side rear window.
“What the fuck are YOU looking at!” was the joyous greeting I received.
Seeing as I had now been graciously invited to bring my views and opinions to an intelligent conversation I decided to point out my concerns.
“I’m just spying the wee baby in the front seat and how she’s not strapped in, or the oth-” I was cut off before being able to finish.
“Fuck off! It’s none of your fucking concern what the fuck I do! Go fuck yourself you CUNT!”
Charming. I’d like to have let him know that it might end up my concern if he had a crash and myself or one of my colleagues had to come and help. I also wanted to ask if him if he’d be telling me to “fuck off” then? But sadly, the lights went green and he swung his car out aggressively to move forward . . . straight into the path of some oncoming traffic. A head on collision was only avoided by the other driver’s quick thinking action of stopping.
Cringing, I got back on my bike and headed off.
Maybe next time, I should just keep looking forward and ignore what’s going on around me.