You be the judge :)
Riding home after tonight’s ‘Light of Life‘ discussion at the Firken a GRT bus driver attempted to run me off the road at the Victoria and King Street intersection at around 6.45pm. His license plate either began or ended with 397.
I was no angel, having crossed King Street by coming off the sidewalk on a green and then parked myself in front (yet off to the side) of the bus who was waiting for the red light heading north on King.
Once the King Street traffic light hit green I accelerated faster than the bus. The bus driver then attempted to catch up and force me onto the sidewalk. He was not successful forcing me onto the sidewalk but he succeeded in giving me a fright for my life.
The front of the bus missed me with 10 cm of space between the bus and my handlebars. By the time the back of the bus passed me I was basically riding the curb with 3cm of separation between my handlebars and a 20 tonne bus.
I was pissed, this driver deliberately tried to rub me off the road. I caught up to the bus at the next red light and had some ‘choice words’ with the driver about a cyclists right to the lane. I must have punched the bus door cause my hand is now quite swollen. The driver screamed back at me that I needed to learn the highway traffic act.
I’m glad he felt the need to use his 20-tonne metal cage to teach a cyclist about crossing an intersection using the pedestrian signals to make a left-turn safer.
Who needs a lesson about the highway traffic act?
You be the judge.
By the way I was definitely visible out there on the bike.