I often hear the saying,”don’t get angry, get even”. Back in mid November on my way to work in the morning, a bus sounded his horn and to his credit passed me at a safe distance. But as he did, he pointed to the shared cycle/pedestrian path adjacent to the road. I never use that path as it ends abruptly meaning that I have to merge back onto a busy road. Even the Highway Code doesn’t compel me to use it so I don’t. What I did do was chase him, take his route number, number plate details and email a complaint to the bus company to ask them to remind him that he is in charge of a large vehicle and therefore has a responsibility to respect other road users as an expected standard of behaviour for their employees.
Two days later I received a close pass on the same road around the same time, same route number but different plates on the bus. So I emailed complaint number 2. The same thing happened a couple of days later so I sent another complaint. After the described 10 working days that I would received feedback on these complaints and didn’t hear anything I sent another couple of emails asking on progress. Nothing. Until the message below received a couple of days ago.
At first I felt bad for the driver getting into trouble and all that but think that I am justified. There are examples in the UK of drivers not being brought to account by the law after injuring and killing people on bikes despite clear video evidence. I barely escaped from being chased by a 4WD on the way home a couple of weeks ago not once but 3 times. I called the Police about it but they either lack the resources or don’t care. Earlier in the year I was tipped on the grounds of the hospital by another healthcare worker who failed to stop at the stop sign because she didn’t see me ( despite my front blinkie). Thankfully I did see her and swerved to avoid her meaning no injury to bike or person. The law does not protect me.
I don’t want this post to be a them and us rant but I am fed up with this kind of behaviour from people in vehicles. It doesn’t happen on every journey and most drivers are considerate as am I. But it does happen on most of my commutes by the minority of asshat idiots who embark on this dangerous, intimidating behaviour to tell others who belongs on the road and who does not.. This week I got even. One of my 2018 resolutions is to report any dangerous driving if the vehicle belongs to a company or can be identified.