For 3 drivers on Valentine's Night it was worth risking another human beings life. Mine.
Cars are not the biggest danger on our roads and neither are buses, HGVs or taxis. By far the biggest danger on our roads is impatience. Having cycled on Glasgow's roads for eight and a half years now I have come across many, many examples of driving where a road user will risk my life just to save a second or 13 from their journey time.
How do I know that impatience is the culprit and not some other factor?
I've found over the years that bad driving patterns can almost be predicted. If it is dark, people want to get home quicker. If it is pouring of rain, people want to get home quicker. If it is Friday, people want to get home quicker.
Bring all of these factors together....dark, wet, Friday night....throw in some strong winds, and add the fact that it is Valentine's night into the mix and you can almost predict that the driving will be dire. I say almost, when in fact what I should say is:
...you CAN predict it with a high degree of certainty.
In fact I did predict it a few days ago.
I was getting ready to leave work, having shut my computer down and having put on my cycling gear. Looking out the window it was obviously dark, very wet and windy outside (average wind speed was 23mph with strong gusts). It was also a Valentine's Friday night. Thus, I sent the following tweet:
Pouring with rain. Friday night. Dark. I expect some bad driving on the way home. Experienced some this morning.