Cunobelin wrote:Everyone in the staff room was appalled by his driving and he stormed off as several had a real go at him.
Funnily enough he has never ever challenged my cycling again, nor mentioned cyclists in my presence
This appears to have been the only successful
riposte, thus far. All the other posts on this thread including mine, are purely speculative. Hats off to Cunobelin for getting a result! Hopefully this person's contrition is also reflected in his driving.....
I disagree Cunobelin's riposte was in direct response to an accusation of his riding,which was challenged very successfully with photo evidence.
The OP's problem is that:-
I've a work colleague who whenever I see him takes great delight in always tells me about the latest cycling accident that he's heard about supposedly to encourage me to abandon my bike for the joys of a car
Which even getting into conversation about is useless,unless the person is sincere and honest in their concern for the OP's well being,something which I suspect isn't the case and so telling him to "go forth and multiply",in an Anglo Saxon fashion is a wholly justified and successful response IMO.
Others may feel that is a little too "robust" of a response but I see it as a direct affront to my freedom to ride.
What I find irritable in the extreme is that people feel the need to inform me of such "dangers" as if I had no experience of the road.
It's a bit like seeing someone working at the top of a ladder then going and shaking it whilst informing them of the danger they've put themselves in .
The whole problem is one of a lack of acceptance by these morons of cyclists as valid road users.
That is the heart of the problem.
Just as some whites didn't and sometimes still don't,accept black people as full members of the human race.
The problem is one of class and is a very unhealthy attitude of significant elements of UK society.