There’s been a few more subscribers lately so here’s another video!
Spot The Cyclist – Thankfully, most people have the sense to buy a light or two, even the cheapest of the cheap but see if you can spot this guy in the shadows. Dark clothes, dark bike and no lights. He’s asking for trouble!
Just A Quiet Ride Home – Until someone starts yelling out of there car for some reason… no idea who, or why.
Time To Find A New Route – This was the first evening I rode home after the clocks went back. I knew it would be dark down this road on my usual route but I didn’t expect how bad it would be. I’ve avoided that road every ride since. My main light was on full beam and the See Sense was going crazy as soon as it picked up a vehicles headlights. At least I was visible!
Bad Omens – Ambulance and Police out and about on my ride to work this morning. I should have known something would happen…
They Actually Hit Me! – KP06 HXM – This is the very first time I’ve actually made contact with a car. An extended clip with sound and a slow mo are at the end of the video. Well as you can see it was a nice bright morning. I have both lights on and I’m wearing a high vis jacket. The sun is in front of me so I’m lit up perfectly.
I was aware of the car in the side road but I wasn’t expecting the driver to pull out. It wasn’t a near miss. It was a hit. The driver was completely unaware and just carried on going. The rear passenger saw me and looks like they began to cover their face expecting me to end up through the window.
As luck would have it, I didn’t get knocked off and the bike wasn’t damaged. I turned my wheel just enough for the car to only clip it slightly. If it had been a split second later I would have been sent flying over the bonnet though.
The incident was reported to the Police. First impressions, the lady on the counter didn’t seem interested at all. When I explained someone had hit me, it was on video but I wasn’t hurt and my property wasn’t damaged she just gave me a blank look and by the tone of her voice you could see she wasn’t that bothered. I was asked to come back the evening after and have an appointment with one of their Officers.
The next evening I drove over and initially it seemed good. The Officer I spoke to said he was a cyclist too and had been knocked off earlier in the week in the same situation and it clearly seemed to anger him. He took all the details and looked at the footage but came back and said there’s no way they could ever get a prosecution for what he saw. Essentially, it was because the contact caused no damage and no injury. Hand on heart, I wasn’t after a prosecution, I only wanted to report it however the Officer said he’d go and visit the owner of the car and speak to them… scare them a bit, and get back to me.
That’s fine but that was the last I heard of it. I fully support the Police and know they have a tough job but in this case, I can see why some people don’t have any faith.
I haven’t actually seen the driver again. If I did, I’d like to have a word (and just a word, I’m not the violent type).
The 3 Speed Can’t Compete – When I’m out on my bike and see another cyclist, I automatically go into race mode and have to catch up. Unfortunately this time I was caught out on the tank and it just couldn’t keep up.
Letting The Faster Traffic Through – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Be courteous. I’m not perfect but if I get the chance to let a few cars by in a safe place, I will. It’s not the easiest road to overtake on.
White Van Man Returns The Favour – Following on from the last clip, when you’re in your car sat in traffic, it really doesn’t hurt to create a bit of room for a filtering cyclist / biker. I’d stopped behind the van initially because the gap looked like something even I wouldn’t chance but he was fully aware I was there and when he got the chance to mover forward, he created some room and waved me by. We both say thanks and carry on our journey. Peace on the road!
Pub Mural – This is a nice thing that a local pub has done recently. In honour of all those that have fallen and all those that continue to serve, they’ve dedicated a wall of their pub. It’s gotten a lot of respect from the town and I believe, even from the Nation.
Lastly, it’s dark and the weather is turning so be careful out there. It’s hard to find the motivation to ride in the dark and wet but always remember, the more you ride, the more pizza you can eat! That being said, invest in some proper lights and wear bright clothes!
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