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Old 10-24-13, 06:24 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 10-24-13, 06:40 PM   #2
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dont worry, she just wanted your number
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Old 10-24-13, 06:45 PM   #3
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dont worry, she just wanted your number
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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?
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Old 10-24-13, 07:19 PM   #5
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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.
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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."
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Old 10-25-13, 10:30 AM   #7
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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.
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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
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Old 10-25-13, 05:18 PM   #9
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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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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
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.
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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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