This morning on a workout ride, a woman in a minivan screamed at me as she went past. No surprise there.
Well, this didn't get me mad but I was annoyed since I had been obeying all traffic laws and staying to the right like a model cyclist:angel:
I wanted to catch her to tell her all of the cycling advocacy speeches I knew. I also wanted to know what she screamed at me just for future reference. She pulled into a shopping center up ahead so I followed her to talk to her. I was not acting in an offensive or threatening manner at all. I'm the peaceful type .
She got out of the car and saw me and immediately began her rant. I can't quote verbatim but here is the gist:
- she was behind me for 3 minutes
- I scared her by being on the road
- she couldn't change lanes because of traffic
- she was worried that if she looked back to change lanes, I would swerve in front of her
- Her kids were in the minivan with her, she was afraid for them
- I shouldn't be riding on the road, what about my wife and kids, what if I got hit?
I've confronted many drivers (politely and otherwise) but this is the first time I received this kind of reaction. The usual reaction is that I shouldn't be on the road period, or I'm sorry I didn't see you.
My first impression was that this lady was just stressed out or a bad driver. I also wonder if she had been in an accident with a cyclist before and couldn't handle it.
I just told the lady to calm down and remember that cyclists are used to being passed by cars. Just go around and stay in control and everything would be ok. I rode off shaking my head and wondering how many other drivers react in fear when they see cyclists that they must pass.
anyone else get a reaction like this before?