Friday, June 21, 2013
Today was Bike to Work day here, and while I really wanted to take my bike to work for once, I didn't want to chance it with the possibility of afternoon showers since I'm not equipped for that. I did it for a while a few years ago and liked it then; it was getting my bike into and out of the basement at work that was the most hassle.
I did my usual walk to work instead and witnessed something that reminded me of another reason I hesitate on biking to work. A cyclist apparently "cut off" a motorist on a busy bike route and a shoving and screaming match ensued. I was a fair distance away, but as I got closer I could see the motorist was a well-built 30-something guy and the cyclist was a fit but older man in his 60's. They caused quite a scene and were both furious. The older man held his own and ended up riding off.
I would suspect they were probably both at fault. The cyclist for not being more careful cutting from the bike path onto the road and the motorist for maybe not being more alert to that possibility, since it is a popular bike route.
It ended up that no one was really hurt but just witnessing that left me a little shaken. It reminded me that some drivers in this city are pretty hostile towards cyclists although some cyclists contribute to that with idiotic riding behaviour.
Even though there are more bike routes now, there are still a few stretches of bad roads and heavy traffic. Some motorists get impatient and irritated if they have to go around a cyclist. That and things like the dispute I witnessed today make it a little more difficult to motivate myself to try it again.
In spite of all that, I just may get up my nerve one day and give it another shot!