Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Davis CA
Bikes: Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
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I got flipped off yesterday. Is Starbucks at fault?
Granted it wasn't major road rage, but it was interesting considering that W. Sac drivers are generally very courteous toward me when I ride through their most industrial and motorized city.
On my commute there's an undercrossing where I generally take the lane. There's a stoplight a short distance from either end so for a car to get behind me, then have to accelerate pretty good. And if they did pass me, they'd just have to stop anyway.
So this car is behind me for about 10 seconds. No big deal. As soon as I can, I move over and let him pass.
He flips me off. I smile and wave.
After that, he turned right and I moved on. I did save a snot rocket just in case he came up behind me, but I never saw him again.
But here is the interesting part. The last two drivers who have been unnecessarily rude to me at this exact point subsequently made right turns at the same spot.
And both incidents have been since a Starbucks has opened just down the street onto which they turned. Before that, no one was ever rude when I took the lane there.
So has the opening of the Starbucks caused more drivers to be impatient at that undercrossing because they are in a hurry to get their coffee and too stupid to budget their time accordingly?
I think if this happens again, I'll go into full sprint mode and get ahead of them in line at Starbucks and take forever ordering.