Let me begin by saying that I am open to the fact that I may be completely wrong on this one. I don't think so, but you tell me.
If a car cuts me off in traffic due to blatant carelessness, i will from time to time let anger get the best of me and honk, give the finger and/or scream, an obscenity. That being said, I have no problem giving a biker the same treatment if their own careless behavior warrants such a response. I will wait until the biker is far enough away from me to not cause the biker to feel in danger, but I want them to wake up and ride the road with some respect and courtesy.
We as bikers are constantly preaching about "share the road" and biker awareness, but then we sometimes get right out on our bikes and ride like the careless a**holes that we are trying to educate. I think share the road should mean exactly that. It has to go both ways.
Fortunately for the rider in the black coat who was hauling ass and cut me off at 9PM tonight, I saw him and was able to swerve to avoid him, only to get the middle finger. I wish I could tell him just how invisible he was out there and that his reckless behavior gives us all a bad name.
Just because were "entitled" to be on the same road, doesn't mean that we don't have a responsibility to be safe and to be gracious ambassadors for this sport we all love.