So I’m one of those folks with a dorky backpack and cycling gloves. I’m a PhD student, I’m broke, cycling is free and provides me with much needed exercise. And I bloody love cycling in Seattle. When I hope on my bike in the U.K. I feel simultaneously like the most loathed and vulnerable person on the road. Motorists in the U.K. HATE cyclists, we’re met with honking and an indifference verging on cruelty on the roads.
In Seattle a driver STOPPED HIS CAR WOUND DOWN THE WINDOW AND APOLOGISED because he’d vaguely cut me up as we were both coming out of the supermarket car park. I nearly fell off my bike. Like straight up. They wait for you to go at junctions, they flash you to go ahead, ITS TRULY UNBELIEVABLE. Thank you motorists of Seattle. Thank you very very much.