December 17th, 2013
As we all know, in the UK cycling has become the new football and therefore, everybody has an opinion on cyclists. Apart from the odd straggler, its pretty much a split between two camps; Cyclists and then those who hate them. Now as a 'vulnerable road user' I understand and realise what it is like to navigate a really busy city with usually on your chosen armour (clothing) and your wits to keep you from harm so I don't have a massive negative opinion on cycling, or indeed cyclists on the whole. Now I'm sure that this afternoon one particular cyclist will be telling his friends all about this 'crazy' motorcyclist in a hi-vis vest who deliberately tried to run him off the road. However I think that what the motorcyclist saw was much, much more interesting. What he saw was a man on a bicycle with no helmet, cycling the wrong way down a busy one way street with both hands of the handlebars, wobbling around towards the oncoming traffic whilst trying to tuck his shirt back into his trousers. Personally I thought I, sorry...personally I think by the sounds of things that the motorcyclist did very well to avoid an accident and that everybody needs to take a certain level of responsibility for their own well being. You know...just an idea and all.
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.