Holy poop, Bristol. You sound like you have bad cycling memories in Moncton.
Not at all. It was just the idea in a couple of letters that taking the number of the car that nearly killed you was a simple matter.
Aside from the odd rig or bus (remember them?) that goes by and moves back over a little too soon and the sunken drains, it's a doddle.
I particularly like the way people let me pull out to go straight across or left at the top of my street. They're not neighbours. It happens even when there's nothing behind them and nothing coming the other way and it's clear two seconds later.
Sometimes there's traffic both ways and someone will stop even though they know I can't go on until the other side stops...so they wait for that.
I did notice a difference when I started wearing a helmet.
Getting cut up, cars going by too close, cars driving/parked in cycle lanes, drivers 'anticipating' the lights changing...all regular dangers back in Bristol.
I'm always amazed when I see negative comments about driving standards here. All I can think of is that people must remember when a man with a flag walked in front of cars!!
Of course, there's the odd idiot but compared to Bristol (probably most of the UK as I doubt Bristol is any worse) there are not many.
Even in Montreal where there was a lot more traffic it was good. Mrs B and her family used to make comments about people driving without care but as I always said to them, what about all these cars stopping at every turning in their street? There was a school but it was a very long street and drivers slowed at the very least. Every turning.
It's like Kendra going towards Mapleton near the NB Power place. There's a four way stop where the road dips. As you approach you have a clear view in every direction. Drivers can see there's nothing coming from any of the three directions and it's 100% save to drive on. But they stop before going.