I’ve had some time to sit and ponder after a recent road traffic collision between myself and a skip lorry, resulting in me losing my right leg, why the British car/ lorry driver has such a bad attitude towards us cyclists. Firstly there are the idiots (cyclists) who seem to think red lights, wearing bright colours, not jumping between pavement and road, and using lights that work don’t apply to them.
Secondly, the negative attitude is being drummed into the new generation of young drivers from the outset of their driving career, as I found out this evening. My wife and I had bought my 17-year-old son a block of driving lessons for his Christmas present. On his first lesson the instructor actually bad-mouthed cyclists as “Lycra-clad people” (I can’t use his exact words)! So, it’s no wonder why there seems to be so much angst between us road users. As you can imagine, my son dropped this instructor after seeing the result of a driver not being aware of other road users, i.e. me!
Nigel Hampshire, email