This morning I tasted the asphalt once again and set me thinking....
figure this out : I live in a country where approx. 90% of the motorist population drive above the speed limit, do not stop at stop signs, do not indicate on bends, run the lights about half an hour before they turn green and do not service their cars, hence the exhaust fumes are a major problem. There are no cycle lanes, most roads are 20-30 degree uphills and downhills, and they are so many pot holes that trying to remove one hand off the handlebar usually results in getting flung off the bike... try slowing down in bends, and you get an angry driver honking you. Roads are narrow, slippery and coated in deisel.
Also, it is iether too hot to cycle, when you find yourself riding home with a blazing sun (32 degrees C, on average in summer sometimes going up to 38, and occasionaly over 40) or else we get pelting rain which (since there are hardly any drains) usually creates floods of at least half a foot of water rushing down the hills mentioned before)
And......yes......as far as I know I am the only person in this place which commutes by bike making it obviously extremely difficult to raise some sort of awareness.
however, nothing will get me off my bike.... other than when I get flung off