There has been a fair bit in the media in recent months about the supposed road war between cyclists and drivers. Despite this my own experience of cycling in Edinburgh is pretty good - especially the care taken by Lothian Bus drivers on Leith Walk. That isn't to say that their aren't times when I feel in danger on my bike. However, this is very rarely the result of aggressive driving.
|On my bike|
I was moved to blog about this today by the exceptional understanding of two drivers in the New Town. The first was waiting next to me at a t-junction when I carelessly let my handlebars knock against his wing mirror. It was entirely my fault but fortunately there was no damage at all. However, I was instantly afraid that I'd get an angry response. To my surprise I got a big smile and a pleasant chat assuring me not to worry about it. Less than five minutes later a second driver who was stuck in nose to tail traffic left me an enormous gap to turn right into.
These may seem like small things but when it is dark and cold they go along way. I for one am very grateful for those generous spirited drivers who make cycling in Edinburgh that bit safer and more pleasant.