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Chris516 10-24-13 06:24 PM

Spooky
 
Has anyone else encountered a motorist who assumed a cyclist wanted to turn, when they weren't going to yet? I know I will get a 'What the' kind of reaction to my question.

Today, I was in the outside lane during PM rush on 40MPH road, everything was fine. I crossed over(there were three lanes on each side) to the inside lane. After I crossed over to the inside lane in preparation to get into a left turn-only lane, the motorist in front of me(yes, in front of me), kept shouting from her car to get off the road, even though I was behind her. She kept intentionally weaving in the lane, motioning with her car to turn off at the nearest left-turn. Even though the left turn I had to make, was not even close yet.

I wish had a GoPro Hero HD3 video to show. Because I still can't believe that it happened.

italktocats 10-24-13 06:40 PM

dont worry, she just wanted your number ;)

Chris516 10-24-13 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by italktocats (Post 16189953)
dont worry, she just wanted your number ;)

ROTFLMHO!!!!:roflmao:

howsteepisit 10-24-13 07:00 PM

Obviously she was not down with the VC riding mode. Were you keeping up with the 40MPH traffic since you were in the left lane?

Chris516 10-24-13 07:19 PM

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Originally Posted by howsteepisit (Post 16189992)
Obviously she was not down with the VC riding mode. Were you keeping up with the 40MPH traffic since you were in the left lane?

Around here, on a six-lane 40mph road during PM-Rush, traffic doesn't go above 25-30mph, so I was definitely keeping up with the traffic. It is one of the most congested regions in the U.S.

DX-MAN 10-24-13 08:10 PM

Once again, proof of what I read years ago:

"The 3 greatest drives in the human animal are:
1. Survival;
2. Reproduction;
3. Telling the Next Guy his Business."

Looigi 10-25-13 10:30 AM

She was most likely ignorant about how cyclists should ride and share the the road. More education and awareness programs could help lessen ignorance, if not all inappropriate behavior.

PatrickGSR94 10-25-13 12:31 PM

Was this a road with a center raised median? Or was there a center turn lane that turns into a left-turn only lane at an intersection?

Reading it again I guess you crossed over the lanes and ended up behind a car who started yelling at you, who you were not holding up in any way, and who (I'm guessing) you probably waited for to pass before you crossed over the lanes? Cagers :rolleyes:

Chris516 10-25-13 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Looigi (Post 16191534)
She was most likely ignorant about how cyclists should ride and share the the road. More education and awareness programs could help lessen ignorance, if not all inappropriate behavior.

Yes, Except that she was in front of me. Not behind me. That is the spooky part. Not majorly, but spooky all the same.

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Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 (Post 16191911)
Was this a road with a center raised median? Or was there a center turn lane that turns into a left-turn only lane at an intersection?

Reading it again I guess you crossed over the lanes and ended up behind a car who started yelling at you, who you were not holding up in any way, and who (I'm guessing) you probably waited for to pass before you crossed over the lanes? Cagers :rolleyes:

It was a six-lane road with a raised concrete median. A left-turn only lane starts some time before each potential turn.

Crossing over from the outside lane, over the middle lane to the inside lane was no problem. While it was PM-Rush, all the traffic going that direction, was stuck at a red light so, I was able to crossover with ease.

Yes, That is correct. I got behind a motorist who kept moving her car, all over the lane, in the hopes I would just turn left and get off the road. I could hear her yelling because she never honked her horn or made any other reference to the motorist in front of her.

Looigi 10-26-13 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Chris516 (Post 16192621)
Yes, Except that she was in front of me. Not behind me. That is the spooky part. Not majorly, but spooky all the same.....

I think this actually exemplifies my point. She was not agitated because she thought you were impeding her progress, as is most often the case with bike/motorist confrontations. It could be interpreted as an attempt by her to convey to you that what you were doing was wrong and unacceptable.


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