Fed-up cyclists say they are constantly being abused on the roads by aggressive and dangerous drivers.

Watford Velo Sport say enough is enough and experiences have been worrying members  -but they will not be defeated by inpatient motorists.

Welfare officer Andy Macpherson says riders always stay within the law and the Highway Code but still find themselves targets.

The 62-year-old said:  “Drivers driving dangerously in close proximity is common. Extreme verbal abuse and threats of violence are also common.

“I would like to point out that almost all of our members are drivers. We know what the frustrations are.”

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, in 2016, 18,477 cyclists were injured in reported road accidents, including 3,499 who were killed or seriously injured.

Last year, Mr Macpherson saw an incident where a cyclist was pushed into a hedgerow by a motorist driving within six inches of her.

Mr Macpherson added: “My own experience of riding every Sunday morning with the club includes near misses that are becoming regular occurrences.

“You would not believe how many accidents involve cyclists on the road.

“Drivers are driving far too close to cyclists.

“One of our members was in a serious altercation with a driver and this has become a regular sight.

“We are legally entitled to be on the roads.

 “Let's cut aggressive behaviour, learn to live with each other, and hopefully reduce the increasing number of serious incidents on our roads."