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Old 04-08-07, 10:33 PM   #1
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First time getting honked at...

Ive been on and off bike commuting for over a year now and have over 2k miles on the odometer. Some fat lady became the first person to honk at me on Friday. She was alone in her minivan with a handi-capped sticker and on her cell phone. I was in the middle lane (the far left lane is a turn lane) when she came roaring up behind me and layed on the horn. I turned to look and she was all irate and appeared to be yelling something obscene at me. Looked like it included something to the effect of "get off the road". Couldn't hear even though her window was down. I yelled back "Just for that I'm going to go extra slow!" and smiled . Mind you this is already 20MPH zone. Light turns green, I proceed at a leisurely 15MPH pace through the intersection and then merge into the next left turn lane to make my turn and kick it up to 20MPH. She guns it and cuts the guy off in the far right lane in the middle of the intersection nearly causing an accident.

I bet she lied to get that handi-capped sticker...
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Old 04-09-07, 12:05 AM   #2
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hoe-bags... Sometimes I feel so ill-equiped to handle road rage when riding my bike... I am just so at thier mercy. I had a dude come into the oncoming lane, aming squarly at me and gunning it in his 07' lifted silverado pickup... Swerved with no more than about 6' to spare and pushing 60 in a 30 MPH zone... had no plate in the front either... Apparently just did this for ****s and giggles. I wasn't laughing.
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Old 04-09-07, 12:18 AM   #3
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Best thing to do when getting honked at is to smile and wave. Sometimes that really pisses them off.

I would have pointed to the 20 mph sign as I passed it at 20 mph. Then, when the lady passed me I'd yell out her license plate number and tell the world she's speeding.
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Old 04-09-07, 12:31 AM   #4
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It's stories like this that make bike commuting fun. You don't experience this while in a car. Learn to enjoy it. Otherwise, get a car.
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Old 04-09-07, 01:01 AM   #5
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It's stories like this that make bike commuting fun. You don't experience this while in a car. Learn to enjoy it. Otherwise, get a car.
Really depends on where you drive. I had people tailgate me on a freeway honking, and shouting while I was doing 80!
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Old 04-09-07, 05:32 AM   #6
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It's stories like this that make bike commuting fun. You don't experience this while in a car. Learn to enjoy it. Otherwise, get a car.
very well said...
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Old 04-09-07, 05:46 AM   #7
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someone honked at me yesterday and stayed square behind me. I looked back and focused on their license plate and tried to remember the number. That made them much more civil
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Old 04-09-07, 05:58 AM   #8
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I got my first honk few days ago. As a car overtook me, the driver honked.
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Old 04-09-07, 06:21 AM   #9
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I get honked at a lot, but then again I tend to give away middle fingers like they were Mardi Gras beads.
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Old 04-09-07, 06:53 AM   #10
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I bet she lied to get that handi-capped sticker...
Not so sure about that, she sure does seem to have some sort of handicap.
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Old 04-09-07, 07:26 AM   #11
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It took you 2,000 miles to get honked at?

Usually takes me about 2,000 feet.
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Old 04-09-07, 07:51 AM   #12
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Not so sure about that, she sure does seem to have some sort of handicap.
(yelling at honking crazy person)
"I didn't know you could get a handicapped sticker for being insane (or stupid)"
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Welcome to the club pitya. You get to bring the donuts to the next meeting.
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My initial emotional response when someone honks at me is that he or she is someone who knows me, so I give a friendly wave. I ride recumbents so I get a lot of attention.

That is part of my overall riding style: follow the traffic laws, be courteously assertive about my rights, and be wary of the feeble and the idiots.
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Old 04-09-07, 09:47 AM   #15
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That is part of my overall riding style: follow the traffic laws, be courteously assertive about my rights, and be wary of the feeble and the idiots.

This is why I haven't been honked at yet. Most people give me plenty of room and respect my space as long as I do the same for them. I don't ride over aggressive and try to obey all traffic laws.

Oddly enough I got hit by a car before I was honked at by one That happened at 500 miles.
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Old 04-09-07, 09:55 AM   #16
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It took you 2,000 miles to get honked at?

Usually takes me about 2,000 feet.
That's my experience, too. My relatively long commute probably contributes, but I don't recall a ride when I DIDN'T get honked at least once. There's a sizable slice of the driving public who still react badly to the notion of a bike on the roadway, much less in a left turn lane or anywhere not within a foot of the right shoulder. They're morons, and you just learn to ignore them.
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Old 04-09-07, 10:21 AM   #17
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honk back, it makes them even more irate, maby they'll croak from anger
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Best thing to do when getting honked at is to smile and wave. Sometimes that really pisses them off.
Yea, I do that, even in my car. Sometimes if they look really pissed I'll blow them a kiss and mouth "I love you".
The people that go off like that are prepared for a verbal battle, but when you take that away from them they get even more upset.

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once i was riding home during the 5pm commute and got honked at. i was as far over as i was going to get in the right lane of a two lane road and this jerk in a kia honked at me and roared by. i gave him a one finger salute and went about my day. here's the reason you shouldn't honk at people in town, car or bike. i caught up to him half a mile down the road, i'm doing about 17mph, speed limit on this road is 30; it's a heavily used commuter road so people are used to bikes. i see him in line at the light and i notice his window is open. i couldn't help myself so as i passed i leaned over and went "HONK" at his window. it felt good.
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I think that is another reason people don't honk that much around here. I will play leap-frog with traffic for about 8 of the 13 miles I ride. If they do something stupid chances are pretty darn good that I will be able to catch up to them and they know it.

My wife said I should have just yelled "HONK" back at her
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Ive been on and off bike commuting for over a year now and have over 2k miles on the odometer. Some fat lady became the first person to honk at me on Friday.
I bet she lied to get that handi-capped sticker...
Wow I can't go a single day with out a honker. In fact I get multiple honks a day. Even when there is 2 open lanes adjacent to them to freely pass in those travel lanes.

Yea and I noticed Handicap people honking at me. Maybe they're angry at us.

I still need to go home and already am up to 3. You can ride perfectly legal and still get honked at. I guess the polite thing to do is pull over? NOT
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"I didn't know you could get a handicapped sticker for being insane (or stupid)"
My favorite shout at a person who just parked in a handicap spot and then proceeds to trot into the store, "Hey, those spots are for the PHYSICALLY handicapped"
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I usually go a few weeks between honkers anymore. I find it's better to just turn around, stare at them for awhile, and then turn back around as if they are not worthy of your attention. All of my ride is on multi-lane roads, so if someone is honking at me it's because they are too lazy to change lanes and really are not worthy of my attention.
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The only time I've been honked at while commuting was when someone was trying to tell me I had dropped something. It helps that I ride through bicycle-friendly communities with well-educated people. I usually am moving faster than the cars, so they have no reason to honk.
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It's been at least a year here since I've been honked at. I think at some point a year or two ago I got to the point where absolutely everyone who drives on my route has seen me multiple times, and they just go on by. They've been really quite polite lately, to the point where even a 3 foot pass now almost seems close.
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