Despite all the anecdotes and frequent daily experiences of regular riders, it occurred to me that cycling in the UK is actually winning at long last (and this is probably the main reason why so many of the 'reasons' given by the antis are hogwash and lies - people aren't too good at dealing with change)...
1. Massive growth in numbers
2. Massive growth in the number of organised events
3. Huge success at pro level (2 TdF winners in 2 years, dominant at the Olympics and on the track)
4. Huge spectator turnout for Tour of Britain and the Prudential thing - public opinion is NOT all anti.
5. Overall deaths are not increasing despite increase in numbers
6. Much more present in the media and national conversation
7. Car usage is dropping - especially amongst the youth, who will carry their behaviour into adulthood
8. Even though it may not seem like it, lots more political attention on providing facilities (I suspect when Boris saw the projections for growth of London population and growth in capacity for buses and Tubes he realised he HAS to get people on bikes cos public transport won't cope otherwise)
9. Self-driving cars are under serious consideration
10. The antis are having to make up their arguments and rely on generalisations and prejudice - which are easily countered with stats and figures... (we just need to do more of this)
11. Road safety is under increasing examination e.g. 20mph limits, mobile phone use
12. Pressure is mounting on proper sentences being handed down to drivers who kill cyclists
13. Social media gives a disparate group a voice which we didn't have before
14. Chris Boardman - at last we have a credible and strong spokesperson
So just possibly we're at the tipping point and in 10 years time a lot more people will be riding and harassment and aggression will be the exception rather than the norm, and today's experience will be a distant memory