My OP was too long and verbatim. I have now told what happened to me anyway. It is all here. There is nothing more to say. If some cannot grasp how scary it must be and life threatening cycling along minding your own business, to see that a car that is passing you, suddenly swerves across your front wheel to pull off the road into an over grown entrance to a field in the middle no where, then I don't know what else to say. Sure I swore at her because had I not had lightening reactions to avoid being taken out she would probably have hit me. When I tried to find out why she did it, she was aggressively in denial choosing to deliberately drive her car into me and my bike.User3143 said:Why did you edit the OP Crankarm and not tell what happened leading up to the incident that occured?
Sure perhaps I should report it but I already explained why I won't bother for my reasons outlined previously.
But as I repeat for those who have not read the whole thread I have had enough of continually trying to stay alive when out on my bike. It goes way beyond this last incident. I have just had enough of cycling on UK roads. It is not enjoyable for me anymore. HB and Tinuts amongst others have grasped this. Tinuts has summed up cycling in the UK in this country pretty succinctly and I think some one else on another thread. It feels to me the right time to give up. It realy does. I have done my time. I have had many really good enjoyable rides over the years, some which I shall miss. One of my favourites last year, on a beautiful summer's afternoon, a car came steaming around a bend (not particularly sharp and going up hill) from behind, the driver saw me, locked up their car brakes, skidded, successfully avoided me, but stuffed their car into the hedge on the opposite side of the road. So there are many instances all told as I cycle so many miles. If you only do 8 miles a day then you may not experience as much as I have on a bike. Recently I have several instances where chavs and twunts have thrown rubbish at me from their cars both late at night and during the day as they pass or come up right behind and the driver repeatedly blows the car horn. About a month ago I was surrounded by chavs oon scooters on a rural road who road just in front of me and behind me, trouble I thought, oh oh, but the one in front who was riding his scooter gradually slower and slower impeding my path only wanted to pull a wheelie, successfully holding it for about 400 yards right down the middle of the road. So possibly more trouble and the risk of injury. I wish I had had a head came for that one.
Over the decades I have remained silent, I have ignored them, I have given as good as I get, I have been chased assaulted, I have been rammed, I have been knocked down and survived, but the incidents keep happening. Face it, in this country cyclists have a worse public image than estate agents or MPs. There is no one as far as I can see in any position of authority or influence championing road safety around cyclists. There is a massive silence. They want more of us on bikes but they are not prepared to make the roads genuinely safer. An advertising campaign such as public information films similar to Think Bike! would be a start and a loud and clear message from the police and courts that drivers who bully, intimidate and run down cyclists will be caught, prosecuted and SERIOUSLY punished. This just isn't happening.
Behaviour by motorists towards cyclists has deteriorated in the last couple of years such that a large minority now treat cyclists with contempt or out right intimidation and aggression, a minority, and a significant minority using their cars as weapons. Statements by idiots such as James Martin don't help. Being a cyclist one is very vulnerable. I want to live to reach a grand old age but as far as my experiences tell me there is a distinct possibility I might not make it. So I give up road cycling.
Everyone has their own experiences and opinions - fine, but that doesn't entitle some to enter into a character assassination of me. It's a sad time for me now as I built the last 20-25 of my life around cycling. I am still very passionate about cycling, just not every day road cycling anymore. I shall still be cycling where I can off road. If that still doesn't meet with the approval and satisfaction of some on here then you can go ............ I don't know you from Harry so I don't care.
I am however thinking of giving the details of the recent incident to the RoadSafe Met Police Website which some one kindly posted a link to earlier in the thread for which I am grateful.