Cdb posted:The Strat (Fender) posted:
My journey to work takes me on the A413 from Buckingham to Aylesbury - the road is undulating, full of blind curves, horse boxes in abundance, tractors etc. The cyclists really concern me not least that they have to observe the pot holes and I quite often attract the wrath of following drivers because of my very cautious approach to overtaking cyclists.
However, Bucks CC have recently invested in an excellent cycle path at the North end of the route but when I was driving home the other evening I had to manouvere past a cyclist who insisted on using the road - presumably legal but idiot all the same.
I feel for you having to commute on that road - it's certainly not one to use if you are in a hurry. And it's certainly one I avoid if I'm out on my bike, although I have one or two routes where I cross it.
I applaud Strat for a cautious approach to overtaking vulnerable road users. It is the "wrath of following drivers" that is the concern. Why are we all in such a goddamn hurry?
We cyclists get criticised for using roads when there is a "perfectly good bike path". Here's news. If the path was "perfectly good" we'd use it. In spite of how it might appear, we don't enjoy having our lives endangered by incompetent, distracted and impatient drivers.
Strat, I feel for anyone who has to commute by car. Looking at the map there seem to be a number of alternate routes that you could use to cycle to work. The distance is perhaps at the upper end of what most people would consider reasonable (I'd consider it ideal), but an e-bike would make it achievable for all but the most inactive.