When I was riding on a main road today evening- it had already become dark- a fellow driver on TVS 50 overtook me from my right. He hit my front tyre in the process. I scolded him for doing so, for which the first word he said was ‘cycle’. He said that I had to drive in the extreme left. And it was not the exact reason for his mistake. Irrespective of what vehicle I would have been driving, he would have done this and just because I was riding a cycle, he wanted to blame me for riding a cycle!
First of all, cycles are the most vulnerable vehicles on the road. Furthermore, such incidents turn my mood off, leading me to concentrate less on my further journey.
Such an incident has already occurred to me before- the rear tyre of the other vehicle touching my cycle’s front tyre. I had an accident. These people drive as though the rear tyre does not belong to them. Even after the incidents, they do not apologize and make up for their mistake. Instead, they turn upon us itself! They are ruthless, careless and not sympathetic. Even the other people on the road either support them or play neutrally. Today, another fellow on another vehicle asked us to stop worrying and leave as if it was his problem that we were discussing and he was kind enough to permit us to carry on with our work! Even the others do not understand and keep honking from behind. I understand, I am blocking the road but it is my LIFE. They wouldn’t have bothered if anyone was dead. Humanity has died!
I always follow traffic rules, even if I ride a cycle because I understand that even if it is a small vehicle it is capable hurting anybody very badly. Even if I have to just move right or left on the road, I indicate with my hand which such stupid fellows, as I mentioned, do not do.
The attitude and mind set of people must change to change the status of cyclists on the road.