You know how all cyclists are portrayed in the media as red light jumping lycra louts, mowing pedestrians down without a care in the world while feeling smug about not paying road tax?
Well riding through Manchester earlier, caught in a torrential downpour, I had my lights on, 2 front, 2 rear and suddenly from nowhere this rather large lady sprinted out into the road. She was holding a magazine over her head to shelter from the pouring rain, head bowed and she shot into the road without looking. I had nowhere to go, no time to brake, swerve or shout and I slammed straight into her, it took us both down. I was only doing about 15mph but the impact knocked one of my front lights off the bars. She got up, dusted herself down (her coating of blubber must have done it's job at absorbing the impact quite well), I picked myself up from the road and collected the bike and light. Meanwhile she'd obviously worked out that I was probably alright so she said "sorry about that" and ran off quick. Presumably in case I presented her with a bill for damaged bike or something.
No concern, no care, seemingly no realisation just how much worse it could have been for both of us.
There's no real point to this other than I'm still so annoyed at her attitude and my generally crap ride home in a torrential shower that I had to get it off my chest...