from the previous page
you lost count of the number of incidents you've been
involved in personally? what was the most serious?
guess I have lost count. The most dangerous are those
where drivers have deliberately driven at my child
been hit and had the bike damaged several times. Luckily
I've escaped serious injury. I think one of the classic
incidents was when a 50+ year old woman in a beaten
up old Ford overtook me approaching a junction and
then cut in knocking me off my bike at 25mph. As I
picked myself up she got out and started screaming
abuse at me, saying that the reason I rode a bike
was that I was poor, therefore I shouldn't be on the
road. I threw my bike at her car.
have the police reacted to your incidents?
think I get most annoyed by the lack of action by
the police. Only twice in 20 years has an incident
been taken seriously. Once when a cabbie got out his
cab grabbed me from behind and assaulted me, and secondly
when I was run into by 2 clearly drunken girls at
9.30am in an uninsured, unregistered car, in a cycle
lane. The worst case I came across was when a policeman
deliberately tampered with evidence, changed witness
statements and lost the original complaint. To this
day I am convinced he knew the driver involved.
.what would you say
is the most common complaint from cyclists about motorists?
of motorists either don't think cyclists should be
on the road or they just don't see them.
.in the time since you
set-up raging bike, have you seen any marked improvement
or changes in drivers' attitudes or cycling provision?
provision has certainly improved throughout the UK.
There are more cycle lanes although these bring mixed
blessings. Many are poorly designed and badly policed
and/or are shared with buses, taxis and speeding police
cars. I think many drivers have become more aggressive
and less patient with cyclists... but I think many
drivers are more aggressive with each other as well,
so maybe we shouldn't feel picked on here.