This is one of the stories that every cyclist will have.
If you spend time riding a bike in a city, you end up with stories. They vary in intensity from a disturbing incident to a terrifying close call – and everything in between on a sliding scale.
It spins somewhere in the middle and I’m still working on how I feel about it.
On Friday evening, I was going to meet friends on Synod Rainfield Street from the South Side.
I made my way, as I usually do, to the Gorbles below South City Way.
At a set of traffic lights at the five-way junction outside the Brazilian Head Pub, I was in front and behind me was a double decker bus.
I was in the motorcycle lane but there was also a bus stop where two women were waiting to get on the bus.
Clearly the driver did not have the courage to drive behind me and let me go.
At the same time, there was not enough distance for him to leave me behind, pull me safely to the left, and overtake him to pull me behind him. Basically change position on the road.
Instead of just waiting and passing me at the bus stop, the driver decided to start pulling me in.
So I’m there, on my motorbike, with a high bus wall coming closer and closer to my right hand.
Two women at the bus stop saw this happen and got up, came to the side of the sidewalk to wave to the driver.
I think he thought he might not have seen me, but he knew I was there and decided to pull anyway.
As the bus approached, I was looking at the shore, which was relatively high and certainly not something I could go to the rabbit.
I had no idea what to do. Even if I stopped completely, the bus would not clear me before I reached the bus stop.
One woman yelled at me, “Will you make it past?”
I mean, I was trying, but I had no idea. Eventually, the driver decided to pull the sidewalk at a 45-degree angle so that the bus door was relatively close to the sidewalk, but the rear of the bus was hitting the road.
The women asked me if I wanted to go ahead and I said yes, just get away from the driver as soon as possible.
Now, I’m not saying the driver was harmed. I’m not saying he didn’t think he was doing the right thing.
But the right thing to do was to retreat. He would have held it for less than a minute. Instead, he chose to drive the double-decker bus toward the weaker road users.
Even if there was no real danger, it is scary and horrible to have a big car straight for you when you have nothing but a helmet for safety.
Glasgow City Council Has released its plans for zero deaths or serious injuries on city streets by 2030.
This is a very important scheme and the local authority has said that it will have several parts, including nds. Education.
According to the council, one of the most common reasons for accidents is that people say they are “not seen”. Whether you are a driver, a cyclist or a pedestrian, that moment of carelessness is the most common cause of accidents.
As part of any educational program, we need to talk more about seeing each other on the streets. I don’t mean that we pay attention to our surroundings – which is clearly important – but I do mean that we really see each other as fellow human beings that we should take care of.
The car is a killing machine, it’s really that simple. People who drive can get caught up in mistakes and blaming but ultimately, when you drive you have all the power.
Maybe the bus driver stopped cursing me for not pedaling fast, maybe he didn’t want to wait for his passengers.
But if drivers are encouraged to look at the roads through the eyes of other, more vulnerable road users, then it will be difficult to be reckless and impatient.
And patience is needed to deal with the council’s other plans: 20 miles per hour road limits across the city.
This can be very frustrating for those who drive fast.
Everyone runs from time to time, everyone has places and a deadline to meet. Life is stressful and busy.
If we are to achieve the goal of zero deaths and serious injuries in Glasgow, we must all find patience and compassion.
Can we do that We can, but only with each other’s care. Shouldn’t be too hard though … People make Glasgow, right?