I've been commuting by bike pretty much forever, I do drive but rarely use the car as I find it frustrating and unnecessary, normally I enjoy my ride to work in the morning, it's short (<3 miles) and the roads aren't particularly bad, I often take the long route (10 - 20 miles) home just because I enjoy it but recently the ride *in* to work has been stressing me out, I've not altered my route, I've not altered my riding but I seem to be getting a lot more aggro from drivers over the last few weeks and it's really beginning to get on my nerves.
I don't know whether the frequency of aggro is actually going up or if I've just become more sensitive to it and started noticing it more, but the close passes, beeping, angry revving, and in a couple of cases shouted abuse just *feels* like its on the increase.
Riding on the road has never really bothered me, whether solo or on club runs, I don't dawdle, I'm well lit, and I've never really had much bother before other than occasional idiots, but a bizarre situation this morning where a guy in a car beeped and yelled abuse at me for using a cycle path to avoid the red light he was stopped at, then when I circled back and pointed out it was a cyclepath and specifically designed to take you past this particular set of lights so that you don't get squashed at the junction he then told me to 'get back on the fu**ing path then you w**ker before I run you over' it's pushed me over the edge a bit...
I've been thinking about altering my route to have a bit of a change, problem is that will be slightly less direct and in the mornings I'm never that motivated and prefer the easy/direct route, and save the exploring for hometime.
Anybody got any Zen words of wisdom to impart to help regain my former immunity to the madness?