Now that I am back in the traffic flow, someone asked me what I have especially noticed about sharing the road these days.
With a little prompting, I realized what it was.
After a year away from cycling, I have noticed that motorists aren't giving me as much room as they used to.
Before you suggest that perhaps I have put on weight -- and therefore have a bigger profile -- let me say that there are still some drivers who give me a wide berth. And at night, I think motorists are generally giving me enough room (it helps that I am lit up like an airport beacon).
But during the day, on regular urban-suburban roads, the tolerances are much narrower than I remember. If the passenger-side mirrors reached out any farther, I would be sporting bruises on my right side.
What gives with this? Has the road environment really changed that much in 12 months? Are motorists in so much of hurry that they can't wait to swing out an go around? Am I just in the way?
Your observations are welcome.