Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Monterey Bay area, California
Bikes: Terratrike Tour, recumbent tadpole tricycle.
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There's a point in my ride where I have to move onto the left side of the roadway to enter the left turn lane at a light. That way people going into the right turn lane can now easily pass me on the right. The road starts to divide at this point. And most people pass me without a problem.
Nobody was behind me at that moment, but far back in the mirrors approached a big van. I had my arm out already, and moved over closer to the double yellow line, long before he caught up with me. But he apparently didn't want to slow down, and kept approaching. Even though this guy sees me now on the left side of the road, just before it divides into turn lanes, he apparently decides he's still going to pass me on the left, crossing the double yellow line, even though he didn't have to do so. So I put my arm out for him, palm facing backward, for him to not pass me. I then use my right hand to wave him to pass on the right side. He pulls up alongside, going the same speed, and then said something. I looked up at him, and said, "Huh?" Too much wind noise. He looked a bit flustered, but not angry. I'm not sure what his intention was, so I said, "I can' t understand you, sorry!" Usually when people say something they give my ride a compliment. He then rolled up his window and moved on... mind you, the road was divided into turn lanes at this point, and most people go into the two right turn lanes, being it is an arterial to the road that takes them to the next town.
What do you call a cyclist who sells potpourri on the road? A pedaling petal-peddler.