|Picture from Google Maps|
On Saturday the parking area on the left you see in the picture had cars parked from beginning to end. That particular stretch allows about 6 cars.
After looking behind me and seeing it safe I signaled then pulled out and cycled passed said parked cars well out of the door zone.
I was literally 2 pedal pushes away from the end of the row that would then enable me to pull into the left again when a car coming up behind caught up with me. There was also a car coming towards us on the other side of the road.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have believed that a driver could be so impatient as to over take me at that point.
As I was level with the very last parked car in the row, the car behind whizzed up beside me to overtake, obviously now in the right hand lane, and baring down fast on the car coming in the other direction. As he pulled in to the left I had actually cleared the parked cars and was myself pulling in left which would have allowed anything to over take me safely.
He had missed the on coming car by inches. Too impatient to wait just a couple more seconds.
No wonder with idiots like that on the road more and more people are taking to riding on pavements even on quiet roads like this one.