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Old 10-10-07, 10:31 AM   #1
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What should I have done- anything or nothing?

Hi everyone,

I've been bike commuting to a bus stop for a couple of months now. Until yesterday, I had never had any incidents of any sort with motorists, and what happened might not seem like a big deal, but I wanted to get opinions from the board.

Part of the commute involves riding on two-lane street as it becomes a four-lane freeway overpass. From that point on, it's a four-lane road. There is a traffic light intersection on each end of the overpass. I take the far-right lane at that point because I turn off that road after a bit.

Yesterday morning, I was stopped at the first traffic light behind a couple of cars. Light goes green, and we go. Cars get away faster, but I'm pumping. Well, I hear a loud horn behind me. Didn't give it much thought, nor did I make any gestures. Well, very quickly, an old fart in a small pickup passes me with just over a foot of clearance just I'm about to go through the next light. I was tempted to yell out an insult regarding his parentage, but decided against it. I did see his tag and tried to commit it to memory, but have since forgotten it.

There was enough room where I could have safely evaded had things been worse, but I wasn't comfortable. I also couldn't help but think that he was also driving awfully close to the other cars. Once I was on the bus, I *might* have seen the truck in the Waffle House parking lot. Is it bad to wish he'd die soon due to CAD from eating too much sausage?

Anyhow, should I have called the police on my cell phone immediately after when I could still remember the tag number? 911 or non-emergency? Am I making a big deal out of nothing?

Also, is this why some of you carry pepper spray and stun guns when you ride? If so, I might be making a trip to the flea market this weekend where stuff like that is rampantly sold. I'm legal to carry a handgun, but typically don't cause I'm going to school and it's illegal to have a gun on a college campus in TN. I know, they won't know if I don't tell, but it's a felony and I'd rather not have that on my record.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 10-10-07, 10:42 AM   #2
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I think you did the right thing. There is no sense in getting pissed and yelling. Getting tag numbers of those that threaten you with there death machine is a good idea.
I would advise against carrying a handgun because when you have one you are more likely to get yourself into a situation where you would use it.
I use to commute in that are (UT) and i always had people buzzing me and yelling ****, and i always got pissed and chased them down. After awhile i realized that there is no point in it and it only enrages me more.
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I think you just got buzzed. Not saying anything is probably the best course to keep it from escalating to a full-on road rage situation.

The only thing I would recommend to do differently is to pull over and write down the tag number while you still know it. Just in case.

As far as a stun gun and mace, I don't see how that would have been useful in this scenario.

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I think you just got buzzed. Not saying anything is probably the best course to keep it from escalating to a full-on road rage situation.

The only thing I would recommend to do differently is to pull over and write down the tag number while you still know it. Just in case.

As far as a stun gun and mace, I don't see how that would have been useful in this scenario.

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Ok, so write the tag# down, then report it to the pole-eece?

No, I know that spray or stun wouldn't have been useful in this situation unless it turned confrontational for whatever reason. I was thinking more about the stories on here where a motorist is out to start something.
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If it happens frequently, time for helmet camera.
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To prevent close passes, consider getting or making something similar to a FlashFlag. Do not make it much longer than 1 or 2 feet. Use or copy FlashFlag's flexible mount and hook so it will not crash you if it is struck and so you can hook it out of the way when not needed or desirable.

Won't decrease the verbal invective, however.
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Is it bad to wish he'd die soon due to CAD from eating too much sausage?
Yes, but not for the reason most would think. Have some compassion for all the extra animals that had to suffer just to over feed an unhealthy human.

Do you use a mirror? That's the beauty of riding further left in the lane. When you see some butt head about to buzz you there's plenty of room to move slightly right to keep a safe buffer.
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Yes, but not for the reason most would think. Have some compassion for all the extra animals that had to suffer just to over feed an unhealthy human.

Do you use a mirror? That's the beauty of riding further left in the lane. When you see some butt head about to buzz you there's plenty of room to move slightly right to keep a safe buffer.
The idea of more animals having to die to feed an already overfed person is an interesting point.

I don't yet have a mirror. Do most of them fasten to your helmet?
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