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Ironic location to encounter a rude motorist(5 posts)

Ironic location to encounter a rude motoristvindicator
Oct 21, 2002 10:21 AM
So I'm riding yesterday on the road that serves essentially as the cycle superhighway in my part of town. In certain stretches it even has dedicated bicycle lanes at interchanges, which is quite progressive in this neck of the woods. Now it's not particulalry crowded this day due to the falling temps, but I'm not the only hardy soul out for a spin.

Anyway, this grumpy looking lady comes flying down a side street on my right, and screeches to a halt as she pokes out into the traffic lane on my street. She cuts me a glare and mutters something to herself (probably from the opening scene of MacBeth). She does stop, though, and I continue past her.

She then pulls out, making a right turn to follow me. Now, this road has two lanes in each direction at this point, but she has to stay in the right lane. She pulls up right behind me and lays on the horn. I'm hugging the white line as always so she has plenty of room to go around even if she didn't want to change lanes, but that would apparently be too much to ask.

Luckily, she timed her assault just right. All I had to do upon hearing her horn was point ahead and to the right - to the "Share the Road" sign (complete with bike picture) conveniently located at the very spot we were passing when she blew!

At that point, she goes quiet but keeps following me for a good while, eventually going into the other lane and heading off. Probably to remind her kids how miserable they make her.

Anyway, I appreciate the foresight of the sign placers!


Betcha that road and signage was put there at the behest of ....rtyszko
Oct 21, 2002 11:03 AM
some politically active cyclists in your community. Something like a bicycle advisory committee probably helped to impliment it. Great, great story. Reminds me why I've become more active in my local cycling community.

Bob T.
Who's responsible for placing those signs?carnageasada
Oct 21, 2002 11:13 AM
It's amazing we have them, considering our car culture. By the way, that lady doesn't sound all there. You were right to let the sign do the talking. From your description she seems a little kooky and dangerous. As always, be careful.
pointing is good.girchygirchy
Oct 21, 2002 1:19 PM
I had to use my pointing finger a few weeks ago, at a stop sign in a parking lot. I was waiting for cars turning in who didn't have to stop, and the guy in a car behind me says "If you don't go..." So I turn and look at him, he motions me on, and I point casually at the cars. He just kinda looked dumbly at me, obviously not caring if I got run over. Dumb sumbitch.
Never attribute to maliceKerry
Oct 21, 2002 4:57 PM
what can be easily explained by incompetence. The lack of skill and understanding of basic driving dynamics among the general public is astounding. The inability to successfully interact with bicycles is just an example. Ever get behind someone who drives 65 on a two lane until they come up behind a slower car, and then never passes? Or tailgates on the freeway when the passing lane is clear? Examples are too numerous to mention.