This morning will be the last time I ever cycle through Streatham and Brixton! Streatham's dual carriageway is like a motorway but with twisty bits, buses, parked lorries, turnings and pot holes. It's really scary negotiating it on a bike. Then there's Brixton Hill with even more potholes and all the while the motorbikes are sharing the bus lane too - at speed. Any of you who know Brixton Hill will know that it's not particularly steep but you can get quite a speed up on the descent so you don't want to be hugging the kerb. I cycle two thirds into the bus lane to discourage buses and taxis from squeezing past (of course I can then be undertaken by the motorbikes!) between the often slower moving outside lane (and also because there are some really serious holes by the kerb which could take you out particularly in the wet). So this morning an irate bus driver objected to having to overtake in the outside lane so cut in really close forcing me to brake and swerve to avoid him as he then slammed on his brakes to stop at the bus stop only yards ahead of him. The stupid thing is there wasn't a lot of traffic so it wasn't a problem for him to overtake safely which he didn't choose to do. It's just so dangerous and so pointless. Why do they do it? Got to work and thought what a miserable ride that was despite the lovely weather this morning. From now on I'm going to take the slightly longer but definitely less dangerous route via Clapham Common.