On my way to the gym this evening I am riding on a 4 lane road, and I'm in the right lane (as far to the right as I can be), so the left lane is open. The road is 40 mph, no shoulder, and a sidewalk in very rough shape (bumpy), that passes many driveways, is narrow, and obscured by many tree and bush branches that the city has neglected to cut. A couple young adults roll up in a car honking at me and one yells out the window "Get the f*** off the road!" What can we do about these annoying drivers?
I yelled at them to pull over (so I could yell at them and tell them what's going on) but they kept moving.
The nearest street that gets me in the same direction that has a shoulder is a half mile away, meaning that my trip to the gym would take 3 miles instead of 2 miles if I took that route. This road goes right past my house, meaning that if I try to avoid it, I will likely have to add a mile onto all my commutes.
I wish there was something that could be done here. I'm not sure whether I should be angry at these drivers, the city, or both. The city could at least rennovate the sidewalk and turn it into a path, and maintain the trees better. Or even better, they could add a shoulder. Traffic wouldnt be impaired that much by reducing this road to one lane.
For the drivers... I'm tempted to do something to them. I wish I had a small rock to throw at their car or something. I don't want to hurt them, but I at least want to be able to reprimand them somehow. If they wanted to come after me, I could easily get away.