Deep within the so-called "sustainable transport movement" in Aberdeen, our double-dealing double-agent lurks behind his deep-cover legend: "Codename JannieJumbo" - providing us with timely dispatches from the front-line of the ongoing war on motorists.
As part of his duties, "Codename JannieJumbo" left us this video in the dead-letter dropbox underneath the most racist part of the King Edward VII statue at the corner of Union Terrace and Union Bridge.
Oh for goodness sake! Did you see that? The reckless cyclist's behaviour on Aberdeen's Forest Avenue was so poor that it not only did it cause the driver of the Ford C-Max Estate "Style" (ooooh!) reg. YP59DFO to break the speed limit, attempt an overtaking maneuver at an inappropriate location, execute that maneuver recklessly, ignoring the poor road contitions and roadworks ahead, but it also forced the driver to risk getting a scratch on his nice paintwork as he squeezes past. Nasty.
"But - hold on!" we hear you exclaim. "What was it that was so reckless about this cyclist's behaviour? - I've looked at the video, and the cyclist seems to have done nothing wrong..." And that's true up to a point, because what the video cannot show is the privileged information we have access to through our contact with "Codename JannieJumbo".
That information is the fact that this cyclist was not wearing a cycle-helmet at the time. (Thus absolving the blameless motorists of all liability for their actions.)
A blog about cars in Aberdeen.
This is a blog about cars in Aberdeen because most people aspire to the convenience of personal motor transport, pay dearly for the privilege, provide much employment, contribute greatly in taxes, and then people expect them to ‘leave the car at home’, while their money is spent creating cycle lanes and the like for freeloading cyclists.