This morning, I did a bad thing, which no doubt reinforced the notion that all cyclists are hoons.
I was waiting at the lights by the Slip Inn to go up the King St cycleway, and just as the lights were about to change a car turned left, despite the fact that the junction was blocked. This meant that they were slap bang across the path that all the cyclists needed to take to get onto the cycleway. Needless to say it was a 4WD.
This annoyed me, and after I got around the car I raced up the hill to
the next junction (with Kent St). If I push it, I can get to the top before the cycle lane light goes red. As I approached it, I got more annoyed by that stupid light phasing, and how the RTA can so comprehensively screw up cycling infrastructure.
I was actually turning left into Kent St, and as I got to the junction the cycling green was still on, but in a further nonsense with the light phasing there, so was the pedestrian crossing across Kent St. There were a lot of peds crossing, and I was even more annoyed by the ridiculousness of it being virtually impossible to turn left at that point safely on a bicycle (as the bike light goes red before the peds clear the crossing and cars start turning in).
The pedestrian crossing
There was a small gap between the peds, and I rode through the gap. I rode through rather fast (I still had a lot of momentum from coming up the hill). However the gap was rather smaller than I first thought, and I ended up startling some pedestrians, and definitely riding to close to them, too fast, at a time when they had a green light. In other words, I behaved like a cycling hoon.
My apologies; I allowed my annoyance at a bunch of things to affect my riding, and I took out that frustration on a group of innocent pedestrians. If you were crossing that junction this morning, and were startled by a guy in a blue and white shirt on a yellow bike, I sincerely apologise. I will reflect on my bad behaviour, and try not to do it again.
And my apologies also to my fellow cyclists; my actions certainly will not have helped in terms of perceptions of cyclists. I just hope that one of those peds doesn't remember the incident and choose to take it out on another cyclists when they are driving their car.