I mentioned the other day that I saw the Police out on Arbury Road ineffectually enforcing the 20mph speed limit.
This morning I was out on Arbury Road again. I was passed my multiple motons who were well in excess of the 20mph limit. One went through the red light during the pedestrian phase by the Doctors surgery, presumably its double points for a sick person, another completely ignored the red light I'd already stopped at in front of him at the Campkin Road junction. Because cyclists always go through red lights you know. And three different drivers passed within 18" of me.
I also passed a cyclist on the pavement on my left. He was at no time endangered by close passing motorists. He wasn't at quite the same risk from speeding drivers. And at no point did a red light jumping motorist scare the willies out of him. In fact his ride looked pretty mellow compared with mine.
He caught up with me at the end of Arbury Road, where there are cycle routes on three of the eight path approaches, including one that inexplicably ends around 6' from the junction (we're meant to dismount there, I prefer teleportation), and a fourth that randomly ends without any sign so that people can drive cars all over the pavement. He went from the end of the cycle path on Milton Road at the pedestrian phase, so despite arriving after me he got go before I did.
I had to wait in traffic with the cars. The driver at the front was indicating, none of the others were - and all but the one at the front (who was indicating left) were turning right - none went straight on. Or, in other words, I kind of had to guess my best road position based on the assumption that the motorists were all lying about where they were going.
Reflecting upon this journey, its fairly obvious why no one wants to ride on Arbury Road (and why this is one of the least visibly cycled routes in Cambridge). Its horrible. The 20mph speed limit should create a presumption that a cyclist travelling within 5mph or so of the speed limit needn't be overtaken merely to get slightly closer to the red light in front - but because its not meaningfully enforced the new speed limit has changed nothing. So because the Police aren't making my journey safer by enforcing the laws on motorists - all but one of whom were breaking the law today - why ought I be expected to obey the law and face greater risk from illegal driving?
This is not 'two wrongs make a right', its 'why should I be the only one not breaking the law when acting legally means I'm the only one at risk'?
Going to the North Area Committee this evening to plead the case for actually giving a damn about cyclist safety, no doubt to once again face off with people who want us flayed alive.
Oh, whats the bloody point?