Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oxford, UK or Mountain View, Ca
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Good ones today
As well as a long commute, I ride each day to buy lunch, about 1 mile each way. I am lazy and do not always bother to wear a helmet for this. Yes I know helmet at all times etc. etc. but please leave it at that OK? Today I had two encounters. This is normally a predictable and easy trip.
1. Driver clearly unaware of surroundings, staring at cellphone until last minute as they approach from the right to turn on to the road on which I'm travelling. As I pass I cannot resist motioning that they put down the hansdset. The driver catches up and then gives me earache about not wearing a helmet. When I ask politely that they not use the phone the response is more frantic motioning that I can only interpret as something about helmets. OK. That is just a denial response in my book.
2. Approaching an intersection at which I need to make a left turn (left turn lane and two regular lanes). Traffic was approaching from behind so I signal and watch, there is time so I move out to the first lane. The driver of the truck in this lane continues to bear down on my position, at which point its incertain if he's about to plough into me from behind. At this I hesitate, which delays my move to the next lane. eventually this is clear and I get there at the last minute.
Mr angry truck driver then tells me that I'm going to get killed, my response is that I am, with people like him on the road. This then gets a predictable 1 fingered response from him.
Luckily, after that, the sandwich and raisin scone turned out to be really nice....
Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.