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Old 08-17-07, 10:35 AM   #1
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Somewhat eventful commute into work today...

Somewhat eventful commute into work today.

First thing I had a flat about a mile from the house which put me about 10-15 min behind my normal schedule. I'm slow at changing flats.

Next, I roll up to a stop light on a 4 lane. I'm stopped at the stop line, I'm on the right next to the white line, on the side of the road waiting. First in line at the light.

I notice across the intersection coming from the opposite direction a lady opens the door to her stopped car and partially steps out and starts yelling something and I realize she's yelling at me. I can't understand her. She gets back into the car.

Then she get's out again and starts yelling at me. Something about "get off the road". She gets back into the car.

Then she get's out again and starts yelling at me. This time it's "ride on the side walk", "get off the road", blah, blah, blah. The light turns green and she's still yelling. I'm moving on and she's holding up traffic.

I really had not reaction or response to her other than to laugh to myself.

I'm not sure what her deal was. I wasn't impacting her at the time. She was in one of the oncoming lanes, 3 lanes over from me, on the opposite side of an intersection, stopped at a light. Perhaps I've upset her sometime in the past. I ride that route about 3 times a week. I'm sure we'll cross paths again.
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Old 08-17-07, 11:13 AM   #2
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A couple years ago this guy driving in a car in front of me (I was driving as well) would flipout at each stop sign as I followed him down the road. He'd yell out the window, and turn his body around and give me the finger and shake his fist. I have no idea what was up with him...its broad daylioght, so I didn't have my headlights on high, and I wasn't following closely at all (certainly not after that!). I eventually turned off another street just so i wouldn't push him over the edge.

I think some people just flip out at times. The bad thing is, your on a bike and they are driving a 2-ton death machine. I'd get her plate number next time...just in case! -I hope you never need it though. Stay safe!
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Old 08-17-07, 11:13 AM   #3
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Wow, that was weird. Maybe she was concerned for your safety because she knows someone who've been hurt before riding a bike. That would be nice. I'd like that. Or she's just another nut who thinks bicylces don't belong on "their" roads.
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Old 08-17-07, 11:46 AM   #4
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If I was already late I might go see if she was okay. It depends how insane she looked. Or call the cops and tell them you some drunk lady standing by her car and yelling at people.
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Old 08-17-07, 12:32 PM   #5
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Or call the cops and tell them you some drunk lady standing by her car and yelling at people.
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Just don't say "drunk," say, "appears to be drunk or on drugs," with a plate # and vehicle description.
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Old 08-17-07, 01:18 PM   #6
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Naaa..some people just wig out.

I had a guy in a big new shiny SUV go nuts on me once because i kept passing him in the bike lane. He was stuck in slow moving traffic and i passed him, then at a stop light he caught up but I passed him again..he was yelling at the traffic "C'mon..hey! @ C'mon!" I was in the bike lane and wasn't interfering with traffic or him in any way. He caught up to me one last time and when he was beside me he yelled "You're supposed to be behind me! I'm in the car!". I smiled at him an rode away, last i saw he was fuming away in the middle of gridlock..The only reason for his anger that I could think of was that he was stuck in a $50K vehicle and I was flying along on a $200 bike and he couldn't handle the irony..
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