Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-19-12, 05:17 PM   #1
rjkfsm
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: The closest hotel to where I am working that week
Bikes: 2013 Fuji Sportif
Posts: 93
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Horn blowing - one way to deal with it

So, I was riding down a 25 mph four-lane road in moderate traffic with no shoulder or sidewalk. The road is a designated bike route and I was in the right lane when a car started tailgating me. The driver laid on the horn for 10 seconds straight. I ignored it and kept riding. After another few seconds, she laid on the horn again, this time longer. I mean, really, where was I supposed to go?

What did I do? I Stopped. I didn't jam my brakes; I came to a nice gradual stop and just looked back at her. She went ballistic. I kept looking at her. She starting banging her steering wheel. I just looked at her, shrugged, and said, "What do you want? You have my attention."

Her passenger then started laughing which made her even madder. She got a break in traffic and squalled her tires to get around me.

Usually, this type of harassment bothers me, but this time I rode away feeling like I had gotten a little justice.

RK
rjkfsm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 05:26 PM   #2
digger
Senior Member
 
digger's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Canada
Bikes: 2010 Cervelo RS. Marinoni touring bike. Kona Tanuki MTB. Specialized Hardrock (commuter). Raleigh (early 80s) Super Gran Prix.
Posts: 2,156
Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 261 Post(s)
That sir (or madam) was nice. Very nice.
digger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 05:36 PM   #3
Chris516
24-Speed Machine
 
Chris516's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Wash. Grove, MD
Bikes: 2003 Specialized Allez 24-Speed Road Bike
Posts: 6,054
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rjkfsm View Post
So, I was riding down a 25 mph four-lane road in moderate traffic with no shoulder or sidewalk. The road is a designated bike route and I was in the right lane when a car started tailgating me. The driver laid on the horn for 10 seconds straight. I ignored it and kept riding. After another few seconds, she laid on the horn again, this time longer. I mean, really, where was I supposed to go?

What did I do? I Stopped. I didn't jam my brakes; I came to a nice gradual stop and just looked back at her. She went ballistic. I kept looking at her. She starting banging her steering wheel. I just looked at her, shrugged, and said, "What do you want? You have my attention."

Her passenger then started laughing which made her even madder. She got a break in traffic and squalled her tires to get around me.

Usually, this type of harassment bothers me, but this time I rode away feeling like I had gotten a little justice.

RK
You didn't encounter the same woman that tailgated me yesterday, did you?

The only difference was, a 40mph road and she didn't have a passenger. Like you, I stopped n' looked at her. Then I just continued on my way. In general, when people honk at me, I ignore them. The only time that I pay attention to the motorist honking at me, is when I am at a red light. That goes' green when I wasn't looking at the light. That is when I feel being honked at, is justified. Because, Motorists' make the same mistake of not paying attention to the traffic light.
Chris516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 05:41 PM   #4
Yo Spiff 
Carpe Velo
 
Yo Spiff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Bikes: 2000 Bianchi Veloce, '88 Trek 900, '88 Schwinn Prologue, '92 Schwinn Crosscut, '03 Diamondback Tandem, '94 Yokota Grizzly Peak
Posts: 2,514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Awesome response! I'll have to remember that one.
__________________
2000 Bianchi Veloce, 199x Bianchi Volpe, 199x Bianchi Boardwalk, 2010 Bianchi Milano, '88 Schwinn Prologue, '88 Trek 900, 198x Benotto Triathlon. '88 Schwinn Crosscut
Yo Spiff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 06:31 PM   #5
ezdoesit
Senior Member
 
ezdoesit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: New Jersey
Bikes: Fuji Touring 2008
Posts: 288
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by digger View Post
That sir (or madam) was nice. Very nice.
+1
ezdoesit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 07:23 PM   #6
Recycle
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: NE IL
Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Giant Cypress DX
Posts: 664
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Here is another way to deal with honkers ....This is a pedestrian solution, but it could work from a bike.

http://dave6.posterous.com/dont-honk-at-old-people
Recycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 07:53 PM   #7
Myosmith
Lover of Old Chrome Moly
 
Myosmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NW Minnesota
Bikes:
Posts: 2,548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I can hardly type I'm laughing so hard. Thanks Recycle.
Myosmith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 08:54 PM   #8
B. Carfree
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 6,382
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Myosmith View Post
I can hardly type I'm laughing so hard. Thanks Recycle.
+1
B. Carfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 09:12 PM   #9
Digital_Cowboy
Senior Member
 
Digital_Cowboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Tampa/St. Pete, Florida
Bikes: Specialized Hardrock Mountain (Stolen); Giant Seek 2 (Stolen); Diamondback Ascent mid 1980 - 1997
Posts: 9,302
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Recycle View Post
Here is another way to deal with honkers ....This is a pedestrian solution, but it could work from a bike.

http://dave6.posterous.com/dont-honk-at-old-people
Is that real or staged?
Digital_Cowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 09:25 PM   #10
prathmann
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
Bikes:
Posts: 6,222
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 148 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
Is that real or staged?
Staged unless there was something seriously defective about the airbag system in the car.
prathmann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 09:47 PM   #11
dynodonn 
Senior Member
 
dynodonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 7,342
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
If a motorist behind me starts laying on their horn and tailgates me, when it's safe to do so, I pull over and let the motorist by, I feel it's just not worth the hassle. Probably unknown to the motorist at the time, is the fact that their poor/dangerous driving behavior has been recorded by my bike mounted video cameras, and depending on the severity of their actions, the gathered info may be reported to local law enforcement.
dynodonn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-12, 09:54 PM   #12
Shimagnolo
Senior Member
 
Shimagnolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Zang's Spur, CO
Bikes:
Posts: 7,697
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 348 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Recycle View Post
Here is another way to deal with honkers ....This is a pedestrian solution, but it could work from a bike.

http://dave6.posterous.com/dont-honk-at-old-people
It is an Ikea ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2zgr_Gg11U
Shimagnolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-12, 12:00 AM   #13
jolly_ross
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Bikes:
Posts: 621
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
It has become an Ikea ad. There's a difference.
jolly_ross is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-12, 05:49 AM   #14
Don in Austin
Don from Austin Texas
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Austin, Texas
Bikes: Schwinn S25 "department store crap" FS MTB, home-made CF 26" hybrid, CF road bike with straight bar, various wierd frankenbikes
Posts: 1,181
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by prathmann View Post
Staged unless there was something seriously defective about the airbag system in the car.
Not necessarily staged if she got lucky and and made a direct hit to the impact sensor.

Don in Austin
Don in Austin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-12, 06:04 AM   #15
rjkfsm
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: The closest hotel to where I am working that week
Bikes: 2013 Fuji Sportif
Posts: 93
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Modern airbag systems use accelerometers. Essentially, it is a tube with a magnet, a steel ball, and electrical contacts. An impact will cause the ball to become free of the magnet and fly into the contacts triggering the system. This sensor has been used since 1967 when Allen K. Breed invented it.
rjkfsm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-12, 07:05 AM   #16
silmarillion
Senior Member
 
silmarillion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Bikes: 2012 Cinelli Mystic Rat, Nashbar CX
Posts: 720
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
People can honk at me all they want. (Although I have never had a situation like the OP...) It's the people who tailgate me that I don't like.

I'm hopeful that as more people begin to understand that they may be caught doing something dangerous or stupid on camera, it *may* force people to rethink their actions.
silmarillion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-12, 08:44 AM   #17
Chris516
24-Speed Machine
 
Chris516's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Wash. Grove, MD
Bikes: 2003 Specialized Allez 24-Speed Road Bike
Posts: 6,054
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by silmarillion View Post
People can honk at me all they want. (Although I have never had a situation like the OP...) It's the people who tailgate me that I don't like.

I'm hopeful that as more people begin to understand that they may be caught doing something dangerous or stupid on camera, it *may* force people to rethink their actions.
+1

If there is a passing lane, the morons should use it. Not cop an attitude by leaning on the horn.
Chris516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-12, 08:16 PM   #18
wabbit
Sprockette
 
wabbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 5,503
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good one! I will remember that for the future!
__________________
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.
wabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:56 AM.