1. So the other day I was riding my bike home. I came across a bunch of young guys walking in the middle of the road. Seconds before I approached them, they turned around and noticed me. Without a second noticed one guy tried to push me off my bike. I let this go assuming they were just after a quick laugh
2. Then the next day a car drove past me and beeped at me. At first I was confused because I was on a designated bike path and was sure I was not obstructing traffic in anyway. My assumption that they were beeping at me dropped as they continually tooted at their horn down the rode. 5 minutes on. I noticed that the car had turned around. Now they were driving directly at me! Beeping and screaming “Get off the road! No bikes on the road!” .. they drove past
3. Upset at the couple of experiences this week. I was happy to take a breather at the lights. Then a motor bike came zooming up the road. He stopped at the lights next to me and acknowledged me. Acknowledgement is quite rare in Sydney. So you can imagine my surprise when he spoke to me to organise which directions we were going when the light went Green and to then gesture me to go first.
4. I can break these couples of experiences down to the fact that some people may try to push someone off a bike for a quick laugh, that some people are rude enough to express their opinions in an aggressive fashion and that with those people there are also people who are polite and considerate. It did bring up questions for me however as to whether these events are a reflection of bad bike education or social ethics?
5. Anyone else have a story?