Just got back from my first ride in a while. Due to weather, hard hours at work, among other reasons I haven't been on the bike for about 5 weeks. I think I made one or two rides in but I think it may have been sooner than that..
So today I got up early, not planning on commuting in as I'm out of shape, but just to get on the bike again and leisurely ride around. I rode for an hour, at a moderate to leisurely pace, not pushing myself too hard.
Of course, 1/4 mile from home I got into it with a motorist.. well, in the past I would blow a fuse but I made it a point not to confront these idiots.
I'm at an intersection, two lanes. Left lane = Left turn only, right lane = Right turn or straight. I am about six inches to the left of the curb, going straight in the right lane. pickup truck turning right tries to go around me then turn right. Almost hits me, lays on his horn.
He yells out "If you ride in the road you're a car and you need to follow the rules!"
All I did was reply "I was going straight in the right lane." He starts yelling a bunch of obscenities, and I figure if this continued he'd start foaming at the mouth.
I just put my hand up, not wanting to hear anymore, and started pedaling again.
I had a number of run-ins last summer, for various reasons. Now I'm asking myself if I really want to put up with the stupidity around here. I've bike-commuted in other cities before... never having problems like I've had here on the outskirts of Cincinnati.