|I live just off Whiteladies road. It's a busy road. One of the most heavily used in Bristol. Every morning I wait at the same junction...trying to get on.|
|I inch my way out, to see around the trees and parked cars.|
Once in a while you get a driver who gives way otherwise I'd be there forever.
|Too bad not all drivers think the same.|
|Hopefully there'll be a break in the traffic. Eventually...|
And then it happened.
|I was hit by a cyclist.|
He'd done some fair damage to both my front and rear drivers side doors. Not to mention the rear window. They'll need replacing.
|I had planned on asking if he had insurance...|
|But I couldn't get a word in edgeways.|
|Cyclists don't have insurance anyway...|
|Looks like this is coming out of my pocket.|
So who is at fault? In both these situations, I would place the fault firmly in the court of the cyclist. Going too fast when other vehicles are giving a clear warning of a need to slow down. Who is the one who gets punished? In both situation the cyclists were able to get back on their bikes and cycle off. No damage. The drivers, on the other hand, have to pay out to get their vehicles fixed. And two new doors and a window ain't cheap. And you are shaken. And you've just had someone try to make you feel small and guilty about doing nothing wrong.
I supposes what I'm arguing for is for cyclists to use a bit of common sense and read what is going on around them. If a car has brake lights on (the big red ones on the back) then it's a safe bet that its slowing for a reason, so look out.
And for those who want to know, yes, this is how my boards at work look...in fact it's probably a bit neater.