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Old 03-06-07, 02:27 PM   #1
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Long honk the sequel

Some here may remember my posting of a video of a 17sec honk.

Well I got a 13s honk today. Here is the situation:
A 35mph school zone two same direction lanes w/NOL. 11:40am, traffic relatively light. First mile down this road all drivers as usual had no problem seeing me well in advance and merging a hundred feet or more before me into adjacent lane to pass.

Then a JAM enters the scene. Doesn't merge. Comes up behind me and tailgates and begins honking (note in video the honk starts just as passing the "End School Zone" sign) SL is now 40mph. I am traveling at 25-26mph. I give slow signal, I look back, etc.

Road widens a bit just after the side street, here I often merge right to allow lane sharing for careful drivers passing (it is still narrower than a 14' WOL) I would have merge right far sooner if motorist had treated me with respect. But how can I trust a motorist to safely share lane if they treat me so poorly?

Then the fun begins, the JAM passes and slows to 20mph, then 15. I follow and holler a bit at them. They holler to get of the road or some such nonesense. They speed up and just clear a light before it turns red (maybe they didn't want to 'discuss' the issue with me )

youtube Q1PWNBaRN1M - Long Honk Two

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Motorist vigilantism is wrong no matter whether you are in the wrong or in the right.
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Why is it up to the BICYCLIST to "challenge" drivers' misunderstandings? Why can't SOCIETY reeducate drivers about cyclists' rights to the road as well. Like Al mentions, any upset driver makes it 'all about them' anyway, a cyclist 'in the way' is going to be 'in the way' regardless of any conversation you can have with them.

States, municipalities, bike advocacy groups, cities could by and large do a MUCH better job at educating drivers 'en masse' that bikes are allowed to use the full lane, etc...

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Old 03-06-07, 02:40 PM   #2
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grrrrrr....Arizone plate CRZ60? That driver is in need of some adjustment.
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grrrrrr....Arizone plate CRZ60? That driver is in need of some adjustment.
I want to call it in, but last time I did for the 17s honk the officer told me that since 'nothing' happened they couldn't do anything.
The video evidence doesn't quite fall under legal definition of agressive driving does it?
http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatD...28&DocType=ARS

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I don't think it would. My response to this would fall under the category of a "creative enforcement solution". He did break the law of using his sounding device when no apparent emergency presented itself. In MI I would use something like that anyway. I think I could also articulate that he was guilty of "careless driving".

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In Alberta, the argument would be if the 13s was reasonable or not.

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All I can hear is road and wind noise... no honking (but I believe you!)
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All I can hear is road and wind noise... no honking (but I believe you!)
It starts a bit later into the video. Can you see the "End School Zone" sign? One can't read it in the video, but one can recognize it. The honking starts there. I can hear it (perhaps faintly) over the wind/road noise.
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ok, I heard it this time. It is pretty faint.

Right before the JAM appears, it looks like you swerve right a bit... is that due to a close pass from him?
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ok, I heard it this time. It is pretty faint.

Right before the JAM appears, it looks like you swerve right a bit... is that due to a close pass from him?
Thats right. I watch in mirror and when they started a pass I moved right to ensure good passing clearance. I may have had it without, but since I can give more room, why not? Thats one reason not to curb hug.

(I don't know why it was faint, other times I've captured honks from directly behind me they were louder and this vehicle was just as close, maybe the road/wind noise was just louder this time)

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Al, all I hear is noise and you yelling 'you have a problem.....'

You need a better line like 'F*** off D*** head'...works for me.
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You need a better line like 'F*** off D*** head'...works for me.
Believe me I know. I always think of better things to say after. Brain isn't good at verbal communication while riding.
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Road widens a bit just after the side street, here I often merge right to allow lane sharing for careful drivers passing (it is still narrower than a 14' WOL)
Here is an example in the exact same location of me merging right where the lane widens a bit to help let motorist pass. In this case the motorist choose not to pass, but gave a honk. Then they passed and while doing so flipped me off. Thats how I know the honk was one of annoyance vs. a friendly one to let me know they were going to pass.

youtube TrH2HSHKB-Y - Merge right, apparently not enough, honk

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Motorist vigilantism. Still wrong. Although, in some way, you did a little bit of street justice yourself by not pulling over sooner just because he wasn't polite to you. But I don't blame you one bit.
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Motorist vigilantism. Still wrong. Although, in some way, you did a little bit of street justice yourself by not pulling over sooner just because he wasn't polite to you. But I don't blame you one bit.
So in that brief moment was I taking the lane for political vs. practial reasons?

(My answer is no as moving too far right would put me at risk given the anti-cyclist and aggressive (extended honkin) behavior first shown by the motorist it would be risky to assume they would give safe passing clearance, hence leaving a bit of evasion room was the safe thing to do and in fact I used it when they started to overtake. Also see the 2nd video I posted where I clearly and firmly move right when the lane widened to encourage lane sharing and was willing to tollerate a close pass, even then the motorist choose not to pass and honked instead - the point being that that motorist still considered unsafe to pass. The only way a motorist can safely pass on this road is if they merge at least partly into the adjacent lane.)

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Proof narrow lanes do not consistently provide the illusions of cyclists' parity with other vehicles.
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what a jerk that guy was...

nice wide sidewalk to your right. Nobody on it. just sayin'.
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Proof narrow lanes do not consistently provide the illusions of cyclists' parity with other vehicles.
Sure, but was anyone looking for this proof? Does anyone think otherwise? (although there was parity in the sense that I could command full use of lane just as motorists do, also if I had a horn I could have treated the driver just as he did to me after he slowed )

More so its proof that there are folks who have graduated with honors from D*** head school.

The city long term plans include adding a BL to this road, targeted for 2030 (I guess they have to add them and traffic calming to 25mph residential streets first ). A WOL or an additional unrestricted use lane would work for me (with same traffic volumes)

After the first time I got an extended honk on this road I asked the city cycling rep. if a 'share the road' sign could be put here. There were some left in storage and one was placed about 1mi back from where this occured. Unfortunately its the type of STR sign that shows a cyclist riding in the gutter being passed with about 1' of clearance, so it could hurt more than help.

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nice wide sidewalk to your right. Nobody on it. just sayin'.
Ummm, what about the vehicles entering from the side street at about 0:20 and again 1:10?

By the way you sound more like the jerk motorists I occasionally encounter here vs. a cycling advocate, no personal offense as I know you are not a jerk.

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sidewalks have their own set of problems, I know. I avoid confrontations like these by not riding on these types of streets. good for you for trying to do the right thing.
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Ummm, what about the vehicles entering from the side street at about 0:20 and again 1:10?

By the way you sound more like the jerk motorists I occasionally encounter here vs. a cycling advocate, no personal offense as I know you are not a jerk.

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I found his statement curious as well. Perhaps he was just kidding.

edit: oops, already explained.
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So in that brief moment was I taking the lane for political vs. practial reasons?

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I don't know what you were doing, but this is what you said you were doing:
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I would have merge right far sooner if motorist had treated me with respect.
Sounds like a tad of street justice to me. Just a tad, though.
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It starts a bit later into the video. Can you see the "End School Zone" sign? One can't read it in the video, but one can recognize it. The honking starts there. I can hear it (perhaps faintly) over the wind/road noise.
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Try to recall that HH has trained himself to ignore honking... therefore he may find it difficult to hear a motorist "aggressively" honking.

Of course some may not consider 13 seconds to be an aggressive honk.
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sidewalks have their own set of problems, I know. I avoid confrontations like these by not riding on these types of streets. good for you for trying to do the right thing.
Of course you assume that other streets are available. Often they are NOT.
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Where is that camera mounted? And do you have a campy hub, because that cassette body is LOUD.
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Here is one of those sidewalk riders .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7zoOBqsJzQ

I guess he got a bit of sidewalk justice.

I am moving to Tempe. Hopefully I won't be showing up in NBs tube of him dropping me.

Rando 25mph on a sidewalk wow. I will say those wide sidewalks are great for rollerblades.
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