On two wheels at the Advanced Stop Line
Commuting cyclists bide their time
Lights at amber, it’s his turn next
The car is in gear and he’s sent that text
They hear the engine revving at full throttle
Let’s hope they keep both their balance and their bottle
Whilst the Mayor of London promotes Santander bikes
“It’s a great form of transport for the old and young alike”
Cuts down congestion, keeps people on the move
In time, health and air pollution will radically improve
But potholes, glass and sharp stones brings the puncture fairy
Losing air in tyres when on the move is very scary.
Balance and bad weather, wet roads and drizzly rain
These are constant hazards needing riders to ascertain.
Strong winds, deep puddles, wet paint and misty visors
Along with the possibility of pedestrians surprises
Whether with or without engines, two wheeled machines alike
Should prompt a conscious and frequent thought “Please Think Bike”.
Drivers of large vehicles, lorries and the like
Never seem to see the viewpoint of the road from a bike
High up in their cabins these drivers should know
What is all around them – but with blind spots that’s not so
And no amount of mirrors, cameras or hindsight
Will show two-wheeled travellers tucked alongside tight.
They remain big, dangerous and far too close for comfort
The three feet rule should be extended not extinguished – there’s a thought
And their turning curve is a learning curve to all of us near it
They have to pull out one way to turn and avoid the pavement
So on two wheels keep your distance, well back or far ahead
The devastating results of neither – well, enough said.
The road is enticing but not to be predicted
Please share it well and stop bad things being inflicted
Whether on wheels or on foot it is something that we share
Whatever mode you use, do look around you, be aware
Enjoy each trip, look out for others with kindness and with care
Because it is full of loved ones absolutely everywhere.
(c) Lucy Frith January 2013