Have you seen this video yet?
No? OK, watch it now. I’ll just wait here *points to here*.
“Every person’s life is worth a couple of seconds of your time” – is that not the most true statement you’ve ever heard?
When I started cycling last year I imagined that it would just be awesome fun like when I was a kid zooming around the streets and pretending to visit my “friends” at different “houses” on the side of the footpath.
Shut up, you did that too.
Turns out it was actually terrifying. You’re constantly on mega high alert trying to predict driver’s actions, trying to stay out of the way and do everything right.
But still I experienced several close calls with cars and buses, and I avoided roundabouts like the plague, and eventually, a year later, I sold my bike and quit cycling because personally I just don’t feel like it’s worth the risk.
Drivers hate cyclists. They haaate them. Cyclists are slow, they get in the way, they ride two abreast, they’re unpredictable.
It’s super easy to forget when you’re driving that cyclists are actually just humans, doing something they love to keep fit and healthy.
They’re not just ‘cyclists’, they are daughters, mothers, fathers, friends.
If you were walking down the footpath and someone in front of you was walking particularly slow, you may get a little frustrated, but you wouldn’t start yelling abuse or walk really fast behind them to hurry them up, would you?
You would slow down and then walk past them when you had a safe opportunity to do so.
So, motorists, recognise that your anger towards cyclists is coming from fear. Fear of hitting them, fear of having to slow down, fear of being inconvenienced.
Stop acting in fear, and instead act with love towards those people riding their bikes. Slow down and take a couple of extra seconds, with love, because you know every life is worth that.
Oh, and cyclists, you can be jerks sometimes, so just stop that.
Share the road, pals!