We all know that when taking our cycle for a ride, there is always a certain kind of danger.
It is easy to minimize it: cycle carefully and well protected.
But high visibility jacket with helmet might not be enough...according to some road users.
On Wednesday evening the documentary titled "The War on Britain's Roads" was not exactly helping the situation.
A lot of viewers were not impressed by what should have been a great little piece of information and overview of what is actually not perfect between drivers and cyclists.
People are driving and still using their smartphones - probably more than even before - which is a real danger for pedestrians, riders and bikers.
But it really seems that when riding on the road, cyclists annoy drivers and when on a shared paths (with pedestrians with prams and dogs), it is almost an ongoing apology for being on 2 wheels.
When using the bell, just to say that a bike is coming, walkers don't like to be reminded to be careful. However, if not using that little bell, cyclists are then warned that they should have make themselves heard. Not easy to find a rule about what to do or to avoid.
We all know, whether drivers or riders, that a car will certainly win when there is an impact with someone on 2 wheels. But, it is not the point of winning a race between 2 junctions or traffic lights! It is more about respecting each other and just using the same path in harmony, in order to avoid complicated situations such as cycle accident claims and/or various appointments with a mechanic to fix cars, bikes and visits to a chiropractor for physical dysfunctions.
Sometimes compensation claims can take weeks or even months.
But why can't people live and share a space to commute?! Why this feeling of competition and being better than the other for no apparent reason?! Is this not a (negative) primal attitude?!
Urban space is becoming a jungle where only the strongest and biggest vehicles have a certain right over another one! This has to stop rapidly otherwise, casualties will rise and not only a few scratches but serious trauma with irreversible consequences. Cycling is a natural outdoor activity which brings several benefits for the cyclist and for the environment.
It is not just about riding in the cityscape but also in the countryside on a mountain bike or even with a few others for pleasure and fun.
So hopefully, 2013 will bring improvements in behaviours and more space for carbon free emissions commuters.