Virtually everyday I have a near miss with a car on my bike. Today was not any different.
We are all in a rush to get to our destination and we just do not leave ourselves enough time. Cycling in London is getting increasingly dangerous. At the same time the number of cyclists have increased over the past few years.
For short journeys in London, it is quicker on a bike than a car or public transport. If we leave out the smog it is also very heathy to cycle. It is very rare for me to be ill. This is mainly due to my 8 miles a day of cycling.
I love cycling. It is now coming to a stage where I am asking myself for my own safety shall I hang up my helmet?
The route I take is the safest I could find short of cycling on the pavement. I am pleased that the number of cycle lanes have increased. It is just not enough. We need more cycle tracks but there is just not enough room to do this.
If I do not cycle I would go even more nuts than I am now. It is the only sporting activity I do not have to force myself to undertake.
At the moment my need to cycle higher than my concern for safety. I think the roads will get far worse since we are so good at making more of us.
There may come a time and I hope it will not be too late when I will say to myself this is just too dangerous. I hope that day never comes.