Well, after a few months of regular (commuter) cycling here in the USA, there seems to be one thing that consistently annoys impatient motorists: My desire to turn left when the occasion requires it.
The last few days, I have received admonishment from fellow road users, simply because I left the cycle lane to two or three lanes to reach the left turn lane at a traffic light. Well, tough, I'm there and I'm not going anywhere else. The issue is that often, I need to pick a gap in traffic to make my way over, perhaps 200 or 300 yards ahead of the intersection, otherwise there's no way to make it. Of course sometimes I'm caught by traffic before I get there, and sometimes I have negotiate a little traffic in each lane as I move over in stages.
This morning, as I look behind, signal and prepare to move, the first car slows & the driver gestures to allow me into the next lane. Another guy, completely unaffected by any of this, driving a car intended to compensate for his inadequacy, honks and makes unpleasant gestures. Why?
Yesterday, different place same deal except some eejit in a minivan decides to honk and shout just because one of the vehicles isn't box shaped with four whels. I blew him a big kiss
It's not a big gripe - none of this do I find remotely threatening, and I'm certainly not about to let this modify my riding style. I'd just like to ram their sorry, ignorant and impatient heads through their windscreens - or see this itinerant 1% of drivers change their ways.