Mrs Mcavennie hates using it on main roads and tends to stick with pavements. She did recently have a guy run up, grab her bars and shout at her to get on the road, so now she geeks she's damned if she does, damned if she doesn't.
Hope she told him to do one. If someone tried that with me and my kids, well....
She actually went completely mental. She had moved onto the pavement as she was on the road and wanted to turn right. She had her arm out but no car would let her move across and one started beeping at her. She felt under pressure, so moved onto the pavement and started riding down to the pedestrian crossing.
This was when this guy got involved. I think he has learnt that acting in this way to a protective, under pressure mother in a hurry will only result in her going nose to nose with him and screaming where he should go, and how he should get there. Quite out of character, but understandable in my opinion.
She said she does recognise him from the local area, so if we see him when I am around I will be having a quiet word with him.
The trouble is, that there are certain people around who go out of their way to make life difficult for people if they feel that person is bending a rule that has no impact whatsoever on their or anyone else's life. Example - when taking my son home from nursery I have a choice:
1) Ride down the narrow cycle lane of a very busy single carriageway road for a mile and a half. My bike and trailer will fit, but its dark, the cars seldom stick to 30 and it does not feel the safest. The cycle lane is also not in existence for the middle section of the road, where it is narrower.
2) Ride on the pavement along side the road. There is no designated cycle path and the width of the pavement means that if I encounter a pedestrian, I have to pull over to the side while they awkwardly move around me (if they o not have a buggy with them, in which case I would have to drop down a large kerb into the road (see above).
3) By the side of the pavement, separated by a hedge is the queens promenade - follows the river thames into the town centre, the width of a single road carriageway, tarmacked and completely devoid of people in the cold dark evenings at this time of the year. Painted on the floor in big white letters every 100 metres is "Walk Your Cycle".
You can guess which route I choose. In the unlikely event that I do encounter a pedestrian, there is ample room for us to pass each other. Except for one guy who took to running in front of me saying "Bikes not allowed here, MATE". I attempted to reason with him at first, explaining that it was the safest route for my little'un and also the fastest as he was cold at this time of year. No difference, so the next time he did it, I just quietly told him to f*** off.
Last night he decided to switch on a pretty powerful light and shine it in my eyes as I rode towards him. I'm going to knock him out.