So yesterday I was cycling home and approaching a point in my journey where a line of parked cars effectively turned the road into a ‘single track with passing places’. A car, seeing me approach, (in itself something of a first, despite the lights and the scary yellow jacket) stopped to let me through, pulling over and flashing its headlights encouragingly (it had to do this a couple of times before I realised the signal was aimed at me and not some other more glamourous road user behind me). Sensing a trap, I proceeded warily but no, the offer was genuine and I passed by with a grateful wave.
And this evening as I was waiting to turn right onto Kennington Road the car behind me waited patiently to turn too, despite the fact that this can be a protracted process as I don’t really like launching myself out into the traffic in order to see if there’s anything behind the bus that’s blocking my line of sight that might be about to kill me, preferring to wait until the bus (and indeed pretty much everything else that’s moving on the road) has gone, which can take a while. But the car not only waited, it even decided not to simultaneously overtake and turn left in front of me, but actually let me make my left hand turn first.
So the question is, are these merely temporary aberrations or signs of something else, such as the end of the world as we know it? Anybody else noticed an outbreak of courtesy and consideration among the nation’s motorists? Or is it just me?