The one where…I didn’t even cycle home in rush hour

I’ve been living in a lovely bubble for the last two weeks, where 9-5 didn’t exist & I could exercise when I wanted…or didn’t…in the day light & in the warming autumn sunshine. Today I re-joined the daily grind, while attempting to remember what the daily grind is I was confronted with something that had seriously not crossed my mind.

CYCLING IN THE DARK.

More specifically CYCLING IN THE DARK AT HOME TIME.

I am very lucky to work in Oxford, where the provision for cyclists is better than average, you only need to cycle it to know that more could be done but cycle lanes were the difference between me considering a cycle commute as viable & sticking to four wheels.

All that being said, while pre daylight saving I had no issue with cycling in the dark in the morning. Post daylight savings however, I can’t say that the reverse journey has such appeal.

Today I drove out of central Oxford at 5:15pm in the pitch dark. Surrounded by stupid car drivers, stupid pedestrians and stupid cyclists all getting cross at each other because each have been unable to see each other all dressed in dark colours with no lights on against a very dark background.

Car drivers – Put your lights on, look around you, check your blind spots, follow the rules of the road, clearly indicate your intentions.

Pedestrians – Look around you, check your blind spots, use the appropriate pathways & crossings, considering wearing something luminous if sticking to paths and crossings doesn’t work for you.

Cyclists – Put your lights on, look around you, check your blind spots, follow the rules of the road, clearly indicate your intentions, wear something luminous.

It’s not a car thing, or a pedestrian thing or a cyclist thing, or an all of any of them thing, it’s just a human condition thing. I don’t know if it’s the mad dash to make it home or the weight of the day but my evening commute even in day light was never my favourite & I really think it’s going to take some work to help me fall in love with the night.

I’d like to be clear while the list of things I hate is quite extensive, it’s a list of specific hate, it doesn’t include all car drivers, all pedestrians or all cyclists, just the very specific stupid ones.