I was talking to a family friend this evening and I knew he had ridden before and was wandering if he still did. So I asked him and he told me a story which in shot form; two days in a row he had very near crashes, as he is a new father he couldn't afford the life risks for his family so he sold his bikes. Anyway, he was used to riding in places like London where bikes are everywhere and OTHER drivers on the road are aware of them. Now, Riding over here is not as big as a lot of places overseas, I go days without seeing bikes on the streets sometimes so im assuming that car drivers are LESS aware of bikes on the roads they roam, leaving myself and fellow riders at a greater risk then overseas. What are your opinions on this? Do you think riding is more dangerous over here because its not as big and drivers aren't as aware there are smaller people they are sharing the roads with? FYI, Im in SE QLD, maybe in Melbourne its a whole different story.