Watch the truck at just after 20 seconds in. Apparently no cyclists were hurt, but you don’t have to tweak that situation much for this to be a major catastrophe. Sadly scary incidents like this are a regular occurrence in a world that caters to cars at the expense of pedestrians and cyclists. This one happened to be caught on tape and the group of cyclists the truck was passing happened to contain Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, so it’s gotten a lot of attention.
This sort of stuff frankly scares the crap out of me. I love biking here in quiet little Morris, but I just don’t know if I’d have the nerve to cycle in “real” traffic in a “real” city. I certainly didn’t when we were in Colchester.
It’s late and I’m way tired, but I think the packing is under control (more or less) (sorta kinda) (as well as can be expected) for tomorrow’s grand journey to Dagstuhl. Not sure how much posting will happen from there; depends a lot on how good the wireless is in my room this year.
In the meantime I leave you with this travel (and research) related shot from my excellent visit to Dublin last month: a group of vehicles driving onto O’Connell Bridge. It looks like it’s the middle of the night, but it was actually only a bit after 6pm as everyone was hurrying home from work. Short days in Dublin in December.