Well it seems the cyclist/motorist debate is starting to liven up again so I thought I would add some fuel to the fire. Around 12pm on Friday I was riding on east on the path next to hind-marsh drive where it goes under the parkway and when I got to the pedestrian crossing across the slip lane that leads to the parkway on-ramp from the west-bound side of hind-marsh drive, I of course stopped. Like a good cyclist I don’t walk across crossing but I do stop and look for traffic and don’t take it for granted that cars will stop and I usually wait for one to stop rather than trying to force them to, after all if I’m as still as a pedestrian (and I ride a big yellow bike, hard to miss) and I also get across the crossing faster it’s more convenient for me and the motorist.
On this occasion the first car went straight through the crossing quite fast and the next one a blue car (a Mazda perhaps) stopped for me kindly and so I moved off, but just before I did so a red hatchback driving quite fast came to a screaming halt behind the blue car (which had was stationary for a little while already) almost hitting it in the back and beeped. I gave the blue car my usual friendly wave as I do for cars that are good enough to stop for me and I feel sorry for the fact that because they had been a polite and careful motorist some idiot almost rear ended them (surely he must have known there was a pedestrian crossing there).
So while there are good cyclists and motorists, there are also bad motorists and cyclists and in order to be one of the former all you need to do is be alert to other road (and path) users and prepared to sacrifice your commuting flow in order to avoid accident as well as anger. That said some smarter infrastructure wouldn’t also hurt.