I think the Xmas holidays mean we’re all having the same problem.
I was on the way to work and a guy in a van pulled through the bike line into me and I brushed his mirror. He called my work and told them one of their riders crashed into him, the rider wasn’t on the right of any parked cars, there was no bike lane, he indicated and his $400 mirror was hanging by a thread. Aaaaall bullsh*t. Trying to get me in trouble with work???
Of course a courier company is going to know best just how much shit cyclists get on the road so I’m in fine standing with the company still. But the nerve!
Then yesterday there was a car zig zagging on the left of the road looking for a park, not indicating and generally being stupid; getting in the way of a bus etc. I push through [before the bus indicated for the record] cause I’ve got the bike lane and right of way whatever but the bus driver decided to teach the bad driver a lesson by cutting him off. Hang on though… I’M IN THE MIDDLE!! My back wheel squeezed out from between them with less space than would fit my cranks.
If this sh*t was happening to less experienced cyclists THEY WOULD DIE.
I’ve got heavy regrets because all I did was tap on the bus drivers window and I never got the van drivers registration. I should have told them both “you nearly crushed me”. These are the things people need to hear.
There are douche bags in all areas of life. The road is just a place where you can’t avoid encountering them.