THE bike slowly wobbles along St Cuthbert's Way, past the magistrates' court and police station.
It clings nervously to the kerb as huge buses, lorries, and vans zoom past it.
The bike reaches Victoria Road roundabout, near Feethams, and comes to an uncertain stop.
As the cyclist waits to turn right, the truck in front spits fumes over him. The cars behind rev menacingly.
This is cycling on Darlington's ring road - intimidating and unpleasant.
A feature article, Saddled with traffic - or dodging the pedestrians by Owen Amos appeared in today's Northern Echo on page 11, and is available online.