In Glasgow today for the first Walk, Cycle, Vote event, I discovered that – with a sufficiently lopsidedly loaded bike, and a sufficiently unskilled bike handler – it was possible to actually come off your bike while stationary in a comedy slow-motion tussle between me and gravity which gravity inevitably won. And no, I wasn’t track standing, I just somehow got tangled up in my bike in a way which even now I don’t fully understand.
There’s been much digital ink spilled over Glasgow’s separated cycle lanes which are, variously, too narrow, too slow, difficult to get onto, and in the wrong places. But I can confirm that if you are going to come off your bike, however slowly and amusingly to any bystanders, that doing it on a kerb-protected bike lane is much preferably to doing it in the road.
Still, once I’d picked myself up and dusted myself down (no harm except to my pride and the perfect imprint of my bicycle frame on my legs) and got to the actual event, it all seemed to go with a swing
I think I might rethink our campaign demands though. It seems true safety – for me – will never be achieved until they surface any new bike lanes with that bouncy rubber they use for children’s playgrounds.