I drove to work today to help get rid of a cold. Luckily.
This is on my commute, over the Waimakariri river
Note the wide, braided river. It's probably 0.7 k across the span, the speed limit is 80 km/h and the lanes are not wide enough for a bike + 2 lanes of motor vehicles. It's barely wide enough for 2 lanes of cars or trucks.
I've had a few close ones with cars overtaking recklessly or slamming brakes on at the mast moment but I do what I can - high-vis, reflective stuff, lights (in pretty much all weather), be aware of traffic around me (I have a rear-view mirror to make the checks more frequent) but I know I'll always be at the mercy of the patience and attentiveness of drivers.
Then this morning
fortunately(!) the river was in massive flood so the victim didn't fall on to the rocks and survived after clinging to branches after 40 minutes in the river. Pretty incredible they survived.
Dunno why I'm venting - it's just going to be hard to get back on the road bike tomorrow.