Following on from the post the other day; I was out for a Christmas morning blast, full of good cheer an all that. I had cut short my planned ride, as it has started to patter with soft refreshing rain.... actually, that's a lie, it was sunny, then cold, then it hissed it down, so I cut the corner out of my usual 20 mile route.
Riding down a two lane one way street through the local shopping area, I rode towards some traffic light that were red, with a little queue of cars in each lane. I wove through the cars until I was in the left hand curb, but at the front of the queue. Now I know these lights very well, as I travel through them by car a lot, and you can see when they are going to change. Just as they were about to change, I set off, not running a red, but just on the cusp of the change. The traffic set off a couple of seconds after me.
As I got up to speed (remember two lane one way street) a guy in a LHD truck came alongside in the outside lane, and threw me a compliment and a big smile and I gave him a thumbs up. At that moment I was overtaken by an elderly gentleman and his wife in a silver / grey Nissan Almera, complete with Christmas decorations and nodding Churchill dog on the back parcel shelf. As the Almera got level with my front wheel, he cut hard left, right into the curb, and had I not had the brief moments slow down because of the nice truck guy, I would have been crushed into the curb, as it's high and I'm not that good at bunny hopping my roadbike.
I did not get the cars reg number, and I'm not going to report him, but it did display (yet again) a worrying trend amongst car drivers, especially older men, who seem to think they have the right to show displeasure by trying to kill other road users.
I got home fine, and am now just about to go an eat my Christmas dinner... yum yum.