A random selection of 10 things that can make life difficult for cycling on the roads.
1. Mobile phone user
Last Saturday, I was feeling in a good mood, so pulled over to let a van drive on a narrow road passed many parked cars. He was driving on wrong side of road, but, sometimes it’s good to give way. After waiting for him to pass down the wrong side of the road, I looked into the van to see if he might acknowledge my action. I’m not desperate for thanks, but a brief wave is a nice gesture. Alas, the driver was completely oblivious of my presence on the road, being more interested in his mobile phone call. It’s probably a good job I did wait on the pavement as he had no concentration on the road.
2. The slam dunk
Another thing that annoy me is when a car overtakes you and then turns left (or slams on the brakes going down hill) You have to be pretty alert for things like that. Bicycle brakes are not always as powerful as advanced car brakes.
3. The cycle path to nowhere
This cycle path could easily be continued straight on. Instead you’re force onto a road with cars coming off a dual carriageway roundabout at over 30mph.
Integrated transport is a buzzword rarely applied to British cycle paths.
4. Give us room
When big vehicles get too close breathing down your back, tailgating is the technical term. Give us space to brake
5. Passing too close
This happens everyday, all the time. It’s worse when the vehicle is fast moving and large. What happens if the cyclist needs to swerve to avoid a pothole?
6. The Cyclo cross cycle path
I like Cyclo cross as much as the next mud lover, but when I’m on my racing tyres bike, I don’t want to have to go cross country. (This ‘cycle path’ is at the bottom of a 30mph hill)
7. Getting on your bicycle to find your saddle is missing.
- Nice flip flops
True, we can’t really blame the motorist for this. The secret is to always remember the saddle is not there. I hear Carlos Riise once did a 50 mile TT with no saddle after leaving it the Shetland Islands on the way to a race in Scotland. But, this is not advised, unless you are wearing a kilt.
8. The cycle path which lasts 50m
This cycle path in Botley, Oxford is OK. Except every 50 metres you have to give way to cars turning onto the main road. I prefer to take my chances on the main road
Pollution on the roads. Note the incredible narrow path to the left of the road furniture. Just a bit too narrow to comfortable cycle down.
10. Traffic calming too narrow for car and bike.
If you designed traffic calming measures, I wish planners would think about creating cycle lanes. Here cyclist and car try to squeeze through narrow traffic calming measure.