Quiet Sunday morning ride... I go out to do about 30 miles and have a route picked out. Due to the nature of the area in which I live, the route is actually 35 and 45+MPH roads with 4 and 6 lanes. Normally roads that are full of traffic, and with varying degree of pleasure for riding. But hey, it's early Sunday morning... sun is barely peaking through the coastal haze, should be a great ride.
Well I have completed most of my loop and am on the back stretch... going east on a 6 lane 50MPH road with a bike lane (sometimes) (Miramar road, for locals). Traffic is very very light... there are 3 solid lanes in my direction and a bike lane on most of the road... sometimes it gives way to a bike route, where in I take the right half (ride in the right tire track) of the lane.
Well it happens... I get buzzed... jerk came as close as he could while I was in the BL and then veered to the left away after he passed me... the other two lanes to the left were empty... what a jerk. Now some may say... well that is the downside of BL, as drivers just are not aware... bla bla bla. Right... Quiet Sunday morning, me dressed in bright colors and this guy "was not aware." OK, I'll give this one to the anti-BL crowd.
Not more than 5 miles away... different road (Clairemont Mesa Blvd, WB, for locals), different area; 6 lanes, 35-45MPH... not a bike lane in sight. Now mind you, again, very light traffic... three lanes going in my direction. Guy pulls up behind me at a light... I am in the center of the right lane leaving room to my right for right turning traffic. Light turns green, I start up, clip in... dude behind me revs engine twice (I guess I didn't get to warp speed quite fast enough) and then roars around me. Never mind that there were 2 other empty lanes and he did not need to turn right... he kept going straight... in the right most lane, after rounding me. No reason for his actions... Not even 9:30 in the morning on a quiet Sunday, and plenty... I mean plenty of open road, and this jerk is going to play this game.
But wait, there's more... So about a mile later... same road, and I am positioned in the same location... right in the middle of the right lane... there are parked cars, bit of broken pavement and a Coco's resturant right in front of me... Bit further, a notoriously busy Asian market... so middle of the right lane is a good safe place to be. After all... gee, there are two other EMPTY lanes to my left... no one should have any issue taking a lane to get around a cyclist... eh? Riiiiiight. Guy comes up behind me... and honks... and not the friendly toot toot honk either. Zips around me and dives into the Cocos. Guess he was afraid that I was going to go to Cocos first and eat all the breakfast... you know how dangerous "bikers" can be. OK, last straw... I follow this clown into the lot and confront him:
Me: "Good morning... were there not enough empty lanes on the road for you this morning?"
Him: "I didn't think you were far enough to the right."
Me: "The law gives me the right to ride anywhere I need to in that lane; you have no idea what I was trying to avoid, do you?"
Him: "I didn't think... you weren't to the right... I wanted to pull in... "
Me: "2 other lanes weren't enough for you?"
Me: "have a nice breakfast." (oozing sarcasm on the side... )
Him: "Uh, Ride safely."
I just made a bunch of "business cards" on my computer with the Calfornia Vehicle Code on them as it applies to cycles in traffic... left out the stuff about reflectors and other code about carrying passengers and the like.
Next time I confront one of these "I didn't think..." clowns, or any other motorist that thinks they know how to ride my bike better than I... They get a card and a lecture. I used to do this... and usually found that the jerks just made up their own versions of "the way they see the law" anyway...
The law as Bubba cager sees it... LOL!
So this is probably fruitless effort (as in the past) but, it gives me the personal satisfaction of at least letting them know, THEY DONE WRONG! And hey, its a handy wallet size too.