As more and more people take to the road on bicycles, there's been a lot of ink in the press this summer about rising tensions between cyclists and motorists all over the country. Perhaps this is a side effect of motorists being more frequently called upon to deal with cyclists, and perhaps it's also due to the increase in inexperienced riders out on the road, running red lights, weaving in and out of parked cars, and simply not knowing how to work the road.
As my father in law says, there are three sides to every story: your side, their side, and the truth - which probably lies somewhere in the middle.
I've not experienced any rising tensions myself, but then for whatever reason I never experienced tension even before the gas cartels started raising prices uncontrollably. Chalk it up to experienced riding and taking care to be visible (via clothing and riding predictably, if a bit assertively), perhaps, but I may not be the best person to judge.
Have YOU experienced any rising tensions as more cyclists have taken to the roads? Let us know in the comments!
People, not speed.