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Bikes and Cars, reprise (funny)(4 posts)

Bikes and Cars, reprise (funny)rollo tommassi
May 30, 2003 9:24 AM
Kindly copied from the Chicago Bike Federations' June newsletter:

To Cuss or Not to Cuss
By Jeff Balch

"Ride on the sidewalk!" I was already close to the curb, but the woman's shout made me swerve to the right as the SUV shot past. I could see the window going back up as she accelerated, heading toward a left turn a block ahead. The light there went yellow. I knew the intersection, knew she'd have to wait a while. I caught up at normal speed.

"Hi," I called from the curb lane. She looked over and the window came down. She stared without _expression. I saw that she was in her seventies. I paused. You don't bark at a grandmother. "You know, I can't ride on the sidewalk," I called out in an even tone. "It's against the law. I have to ride in the street."

Her _expression softened. "Really?" she said. "I didn't know that. Sorry." Her light went green and she turned and drove off.

I rode away wondering. "Didn't know that"? Really? Had I actually taught her something? Or had she just faked me out? Nah, she must just never think about bikes.

I guess I can blame these musings for what happened next. A couple intersections later I was scooting between curb and idling traffic, a little less attentive than usual. Suddenly my left handlebar banged into the right side-view mirror of a BMW. I stopped instantly, hopping off the bike and turning and noting nervously that the driver was extraordinarily large and fierce-looking. His window came down as I approached. "I'm very sorry," I said. "Totally my fault. Have I damaged it?"

"No, no problem. It's the kind that bends back." A pedestrian who had stopped to witness my execution moved on.

"Don't worry about it," the driver said. "Hey, whaddidya say to that gal back there?"

"Uh, not much. Just said I couldn't ride on the sidewalk. She yelled that when she went by."

"Yeah, I saw. Heard her before, too, I mean with other bikers. She does it a lot. You shoulda cussed her out."
...and another...Steve_0
May 30, 2003 9:35 AM
Older guy I work; rides his coaster-bike a few miles every morning.

Gets run off a suburban road today by an elderly woman. Local Policeman leaving his house for work witnesses the whole thing. He pulls her over.

She states that she intends to fight her ticket because he shouldnt be riding a bike that early in the morning (around 630 am).

sheez.
...and another...russw19
May 30, 2003 10:16 AM
Heck, an elderly lady saying that's too early??? Isn't 6:30am dinner time for elderly folks?

A few years ago I used to be a bartender.. I got off work at about 4 am. I would be all wound up and would go on my morning runs before I went to bed. I would usually run around 5 am before it got hot. My Grandpa started meeting up with me on his bike and I would run a few miles while he rode next to me telling me I was slow enough that he thought he should get a 3 wheeler so he didn't fall over waiting for me. Anyways, his day was just starting when mine was ending.

Russ
...and yet another...PaulCL
May 31, 2003 4:44 AM
Russ...I laughed on the "dinnertime" comment. So true. I can never get a table at Denny's between 3:30 and 5pm !!

On two consecutive days, an elderly woman honked and screamed at me to get on the sidewalk. This road is the main drag to my home - maybe 1-2 miles away. On the second day, after almost hitting me, I accellerated and chased her to her home. As she got out of her car, I calmly told her that I was not allowed to be on the sidewalk and if she ever came that close to me again, I'd call the police. While I was talking, she was clutching her handbag and running in fear into her home as fast as a 70 year old lady could. I'm surprised she didn't call the cops on me.

Maybe my last line got her...I said something to the effect "I'm your neighbor and a father of three...I'm not an irresponsible teenager" Funny how people are surprised that I am 40 and still riding a bike....

Paul