Here's a rant:
A couple of weeks back I was heading home one night afer work in NYC. I decided to take the West Side Greenway downtown & then head across 14th to the East Side. When I got to 14th it was crowded & slow moving and packed. Mistake on my part, but I wasn't in a hurry so I just decided to go with it.
W. 14th has 2 lanes of traffic in either direction and parking on both sides. I'm in the right lane as far over as I can be without getting doored.
In the middle of a block I hear a loooong honk behind me & ignore it. I figure it's a cab. I can't do anything except keep moving ahead anyway. Another hoooooook. I look & it's a woman driving an SUV. Whatever, I think. We pull up to each other at the light & I look at her. She looks angry. About the traffic, I think.
Next block, same deal. SUV still behind me, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONK, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK. We get to the NEXT light, I pull up next to her again. Same expression. Her window is down, so I saw "Hey, what's the story?" She ignores me.
Another block, more honking. This time, I give the SUV the one-fingered salute.
4th Block, a cab pulls over to the right & unloads their passenger, I can't get by so I look left, it's clear, so I decide to go. SUV races up JUST as I pass the cab, pushes me and the bike into the cab and speeds on, driver is swearing and screaming. I swear and scream back. Cabbie though HE was hit by the SUV so he gets part of the plate # and gives me his name & number as a witness.
I was ok. My rear wheel got knocked out of true, got some new scratches and banged up an ankle pretty good. After I calm down, I think 'Did I encite that woman to hit me or was she out of her gourd already?'.
Maybe I was wrong to flip her off, but no more so than her blaring her horn at me over and over and raging against the 10mph traffic.
If you're sitting in traffic, it's no one's FAULT. Deal with it and keep moving.
Anyway, I filed a police report, not sure what will come of it.