Ok - I have just cycled to fetch dd2 from a friends house. I have dd1 and dd2 on their own bikes (they are 10 and 7) and dd3 in a bike seat. Friends house is on a narrow one way street with chicanes. There is room to pass a bike but only if the bike is hard in to the kerb, doesn't wobble and the car driver allows considerably less than 3 feet!Despite this some drivers seem to speed down there with scant regard for other road users and so I am always quite cautious - especially with the chicanes as you have to sort of pull out into the road to go round them iyswim. So tonight we have just started on the short stretch we need to cover before turning off again (about 3 minutes cycling tops) when a white van roars up behind us. I was cycling alongside dd2 and whilst on any other road I would normally try to move over and allow traffic to pass, the speed they were travelling at made me reluctant to do so, especially as dd1 was up ahead about to negotiate the first chicane. Then they started shouting out of the window and swearing at me to get out of the way. Now that obviously didn't fill me with confidence regarding their judgement and skill as a driver so I stayed where I was but signalled left so they could see we would be out of their way in a minute or so. As we turned left they hurled abuse after us! It was horrible and I feel quite shaken up by it. I try so hard to cycle well and teach my daughters to do safely and I really don't think it's unreasonable of us to require a decent amount of road room is it?
I didn't get their number - it all happened a bit too quick and I think I spent some time pretending to myself that they weren't shouting at us because I couldn't totally believe anybody would be so unpleasant.
I'm not sure they even noticed - I hope not as the language was foul. They had their helmets on and dd1 - who is the most likely to notice was a few metres ahead so hopefully missed it. Dd2 actually has her head in the crowds a lot of the time - (another reason to keep an extra eye on her on the road)so I supect she may just have processed it as just general shouting.
To call them pigs is insulting to pigs. It is just these sort of incidents which cause parents to advise their children to cycle on pavements and then we get into a whole spiral of problems. The men were totally ignorant and clearly couldn't give a toss for your children's safety. I hope you are feeling less shaken now.