Yesterday I almost got knocked off my bike by a Parceline lorry with a separate unit attached as a trailer. He overtook me as if he were a single vehicle (on a carriage way with a double solid line down the centre) and even then with not much room. As he cut back in to the carriage way, suddenly, there was the trailer, large and looming on my shoulder. I swear it was not more than a few centimeters from my shoulder and I was already hard up against the verge.
I've had some close calls before but that was more than close; it was terrifying. I was screaming with fear and I'm not easily spooked. The driver of that lorry almost made orphans and a widow out of my family.
All I want to do is ride my bike and feel that I have as much right to the road as anyone else. I had to put up two other idiots who seemed to think that because I was on a bike, I was a second class road user. I almost wished they had seen fit to try and back up their menace so as to give me a damn good excuse to knock seven bells of shit out of them.
When is this bullying of cyclists going to stop?