I used to cycle a lot, and decided to try taking it back up after last year's Olympics.
But it feels like almost every time I try to go out for a ride I nearly get taken out by someone passing far too close and giving no warning. As I'm partially sighted this is particularly terrifying. I can spot things ahead of me with plenty of time to avoid nasty incidents if I keep my concentration up, but that leaves me less aware of what's going on behind me, and I can't see well enough to pick out number plates if I need to report someone. I also rely on hearing to detect cars coming up but when the traffic is heavier I can't pick out individual cars over the general background roar of traffic.
I'm in a full time job and pay my taxes just like everyone else, I've every right to be on the road. But drivers, either through ignorance or malice are making me feel very unwelcome on the roads.
The idea of quitting to me is galling because like I said, I have every right to be on the road, and I can see well enough to avoid getting into trouble provided the people coming up behind me don't act like morons. But I also don't want to end up dead.
Have you got any advice for me?
I live in the Greater Manchester area