Cyclists are often the victims of road rage from other road users, particularly car, bus and truck drivers. Being run off the road into the gravel or scrub, being called f@&*ing maggots and copping a long intimidatory blast from a car horn is an all too common occurrence for all cyclists. It even goes as far as drivers intentionally "touching" (read crashing into) cyclists, just to prove the point that they have right of way by virtue of the fact that they are protected by a tonne of steel. This happened to a business colleague of mine yesterday. Luckily he wasn't hurt, just shaken up.
This is all so unnecessary! I guess we humans are pre-programmed to dedicate our lives to make life more difficult for our fellow humans – after all, we don't have anything better to do, right?
As cyclists, we are quick to condemn such abominable behaviour by other road users. Of course, as cyclists (collectively speaking), we often do the wrong thing on the road as well, so ……stones and glass houses….. well you know the saying!
Anyway, the point of this article is to recognize and applaud a driver of a low loader carrying a transportable tanker, that passes us on our Daily Donut ride each day, out near Little River. This considerate driver, always gives us a friendly "toot" to warn us of his approach, then takes a very wide berth around the group of cyclists at a sensible (read less than 40 kmh!!!) speed. We really appreciate your consideration, THANK YOU. We wish other drivers would observe and learn from your behaviour.