About a year ago, i decided to try biking places. I had one a decent bike like, 4 years before that and I was finally big enough to ride it (im 14, and i won the bike when i was 6) And so began a life of persecution.
This year, I decided to try to bike to and from school. My school is pretty far away, up 2 big hills. One is about a mile long and the other is VERY steep and maybe 3/4 mile long. For me they are pretty strenuous. Going up the hills makes me go very slow, and so I keep to the sides, often going into the dirt to give cars room to pass. I allow them to pass, i suck their carbon monoxide, you would think I could get something back from them.
On the way back from school, it is all downhill and so I can get going very fast. The speed limit is 25, and i easily go faster then that for most of the way. And yet Many times cars have honked at me to get out of their way, and i go to the side of the road. They speed past me and then slow down, making ME stuck behind THEM. What bull****. That has happened 3 or 4 times, one of which the driver actually flipped me off.
Another day I was biking home from school on a straight part so i was only going about 10 miles an hour. I saw a car coming behind me, so I pulled WAY onto the side to let him go past me. I was doing a good deed, because the law where I live states that I can bike in the middle of the road, and I dont have to go to the side, When the car passed, a guy slowed down, leaned his head out the window, said "Get out of the road you ****ing kid" and then drove off.
Yet another incedent was when I was biking to Value Villiage to get some clothes to wear for spirit day. I was biking along the side of the road, out of the cars way, when a driver yelled at me. So I went onto the sidewalk. Like 20 seconds later a pedestrian yelled at me for biking on the sidewalk.
One of my friends bikes a lot like me. One day he actually got sideswiped by a car. He went into a guardrail, sliced open his leg and had to get 17 stitches.
Once, I was passing by a line of cars in a traffic jam, and one lady OPENED HER DOOR to try and clothsline me. I swerved and fell getting bruised and scraped but saving her door that she shure as hell would have made me pay for.
The list goes on and on from the time when my dad got boxed in on purpose, to the time I got yelled at for biking in the night (My bike has front light, rear light, reflector on the back, 1 on each wheel and one on my rear rack.)
And the thing that really pisses me off is im 14, so i cant do anything about it. If I get out and tell them what i think they'll hit me or something.
Why can't i get a little respect?? I'm getting excercise, saving the environment, saving money and still getting to my destinations, whats wrong with that?
And the big thing is BY LAW I AM ALLOWED TO BIKE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. and yet i don't because i know it would be a huge annoyance for drivers. They shoiuld be thanking me.
Has things like this ever happened to you guys?