When cyclists are their worst enemy

Now dont get me wrong… I am a cyclist and I love cycling.

However in my part of the world their is a small knot of riders who appear to be above saying hello to others and look down on motorists.

Surely we should be working to share the roads not have one vehicle or other have any level of supremacy?

Over the weekend I saw a couple of large groups whilst I was out riding alone. On a narrow single track lane a mini peloton coming the other way made no effort to avoid their spread over the road leaving me with the choice of a less than 2 metre gap or a ditch.

They offered no wave of acknowledgement either. They were in the zone and racing.

The following day whilst out on an essential car journey I came up behind a group of three riders on a similarly narrow lane. There was already a car behind them and another two joined the tail behind me.

No-one could get by for almost a mile despite the cyclists looking back and seeing the gaggle of motorists behind them.

And whilst I accept and understand that there is no obligation for the riders to slow up or single up to let the cars through, it would be courteous and show that we understand that the roads are shared spaces.

I do accept that there are some terrible motorists out there, I get my right elbow hair shaved off by wing mirrors regularly, but maybe its time for us to admit that there are some terrible cyclists as well?

Reading some social media and forums it seems that there is a war to be fought on the roads. A war where middle aged males in Rapha kit riding expensive Specialized bikes feel the need to express their right to ride.

It doesn’t need to be like that. We are all just trying to get somewhere.

So why don’t you try letting a motorist pass you on a narrow road if you can. They might acknowledge it with a wave, they might not. But you will have avoided raising their blood pressure so they might considerate to a horse or pedestrian at the next junction.

Pay it forward, it feels good and might diffuse a bit of this perceived tension.

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