General Cycling Discussion - Rant about aggressive people on the road
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WTF is wrong with people? Yesterday I had do brake hard to avoid crashing into someone in a roundabout. I was turning left, and he drove into the roundabout, so I had the right of way. I yelled "Honk" (or the Swiss German equivalent) at him and drove past him. He stopped and started yelling at me, after which I stopped as well and asked what his problem was. I explained calmly that I had the right of way. To which he threatened to hit me on the head - always a good idea to threaten someone younger, stronger AND wearing a helmet. :rolleyes:
Well, I decided he wasn't worth any more of my time and drove off. Idiot...
Oh, and no, that wasn't a cager, it was an elderly guy on a bicycle...
07-20-06, 06:34 AM
That's not aggressive! This is aggressive:
On my way home, yesterday, on a road that I always take the right most of three lanes, I reach an area where it's downhill for about 1/4th of a mile hitting speeds of 35-40 MPH. Two thirds of the way through that quarter mile the three lanes become two through-lanes, one RTOL, and a very short LTOL just at the intersection. I ALWAYS move just to the left of the left stripe of the RTOL.
Well, while descending at about 35 MPH, I hear a car approaching in the RTOL. Then the driver starts blowing the horn at me. I ignore. Then the car pulls right up next to me--female driver, 20ish years old, straight blonde hair pulled up off of her neck, thin build--and starts to edge over towards me, willfully crossing over the left RTOL stripe in an effort to "make an impression" on me. I stay calm. Move over enough out of her way to not get splattered at 35 MPH and yelled at her, "What's your problem?!" She drives off and makes the turn. I point at her license plate as I'm reading it and mouth the numbers and letters. I do this about three times, so that if she looks out her rear view mirror, she'll see me doing it.
I should have pulled over and used my cell phone to report her to the police right away, but I waited--too long. By the time I had a chance to speak to an officer about it, my recollection of the plate number was scrambled. ef-me! Lessons learned--have a camera or call right away while the plate number is fresh in my mind or write the plate number down.
07-20-06, 08:22 AM
The other day an SUV got really close to me before passing and I started to chase it. But before I could catch up they made a left turn at an intersection and I never saw them again. Sometimes I feel like following them and returning the favor. Bastards! I drive an automobile as well but I don't do stupid crap like that.
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