My route for my bike commute is the same every day, but it is amazing how it is never the same ride twice. Time of day, weather, traffic volume, etc. all change.
Yesterday I worked a split shift, so I rode to work and back twice. I think I was in the rain each time, but beyond the rain a bigger challenge was traffic – specifically busses.
On the way to work in the morning, a school bus passed me at Riverside & McKay, and passed within inches of me. If it wasn’t clear to pass without giving me more room, it could have waited 30 seconds, and there would have been a bike lane for me to move into. A quick call to the school bus company, and they said they would speak to the driver.
On the way back to work in the afternoon, a Caesar’s bus passed me as I was approaching Riverside & Glengarry. The light was red, and there wasn’t enough room for the driver to completely overtake me. If I was a motorcycle, slowing for the red light, would the driver have still attempted to pass me? So there I was, sandwiched between the bus and the curb, almost behind the bus – when I notice the turn-signal start flashing. Great, the driver is setting me up for a right hook!
With the right gear, riding in the rain isn’t so bad. But it takes a lot more to change the behaviour of drivers. If even (professional) bus drivers refuse to share the road, how can we expect the rest of traffic to share the road?