It’s obviously not how cyclists would have planned it but after years of being pilloried THEY now rule the roads.
Back when I was nearer Sir Chris Hoy’s age than Eddy Merckx’s I would cycle everywhere in Edinburgh.
And take my life in my own hands like the time I was cut up at the roundabout by an elderly driver.
I was cycling straight on while Mad Motorist was on the outside lane but decided to turn left.
Picking myself and my bike up from the ground I was met by s screaming pensioner telling me I should have signalled!!!
Or there was the time I was waterbombed by some hoodlums from a tenement flat.
Ridden off the road
While I was also sprayed in the face with party foam while cycling through Edinburgh’s New Town.
Mmmm… I’d like to see them try any of those stunts in Amsterdam.
When in Amsterdam
Where you’d probably be pushed into the canals by locals shouting CYCLISTS!
But they have a culture there, properly wide and thought-through cycle paths, and lanes separated by small walks beside dual carriageways.
Le Tour de Murty: The Pyrenees
Or if they’re holding you back then you can always climb the mountain to Le Pic du Midi.
Tour de force
Where cyclists either climbing or whizzing down the mountain have right of way.
The same applies in Scandinavia and Northern Europe where the bike is often the preferred mode of transport.
And where my old University pal New Yorker Tom turned up for our meeting by old Hans Christian Andersen’s statue on his bike.
Tom’s own New York may not immediately strike you as a shining example for cyclists but we’re probably thinking Manhattan here.
And that’s another reason to explore the five other boroughs… for example Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens.
American cycling dream
California is all about the outside life where cyclists don the latest fashions and pose on their two wheels.
On the Venice Beach www.venicebeach.com and Santa Monica https://www.santamonica.com/things-to-do/santa-monica-beach/… And My Weekend With Marilyn. And www.visitcalifornia.com.
And my cycling experiences? Showing off on my Sporting break at The Campus in Quinta do Lago in Portugal.
And took a straight road too sharply.., https://www.quintadolago.com/en/sports-wellness/the-campus/. And SPORTUGAL
Remember too in these days of social distancing if you are a driver give cyclists some space.