I hate cyclists... Entitled that is what they think they are. Entitled to jump the lights, swear at you whether you're pedestrian, motorist or animal. Entitled to cycle down the wrong way of a one way road Entitled to lecture you on neo Marxist critique at the traffic lights and tell you to 'Fuck off" when you express concern about their proximity to your car and its very shiny paint work. No frankly, they are not my favourite people. If Sebb Blatter was President of the World Confederation of Cyclists I wouldn't be surprised.
So it came as a but of a shock to discover that the billions of decibels of emergency service sirens this evening was because there had been a major traffic incident between a bus and a cyclist. It took me back to the late '70's when a colleague was run over and killed by a bus. On Victoria Street a year or so ago there was a serious incident - a bus and cyclist had collided and the cyclist died.
I know lots of cyclists in Walthamstow. Taking their kids to school on the back of their bike, going to work, visiting friends, just innocently pedalling. This incident at the junction of Hoe Street and High Street could involve them. I don't know the outcome but I'm fearful.
We just have to separate cyclists from the internal combustion engine. It taken years for society to register that cars are dangerous to passengers, years to realise that that in the battle with metal and flesh the pedestrian loses out. But cyclists - it's a life style choice!
Nothing to do with the above. This is our entry to Walthamstow's E17 Art Trail...it's encouraging.