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Old 03-09-11, 10:12 AM   #1
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My first experience...

I've been commuting four days per week since Jan 31 of this year. I have a 12 mile round trip commute, with three miles each way along a busy two lane (each direction) road.

My experience has been very positive, I claim the lane and drivers change lanes and pass me. I have not been yelled at, honked at, or had any negative experiences until today.

I'm riding along the busy road, claiming the lane, at about 18 mph. I have a red light about 200 yards ahead of me that I'm hoping to time correctly, when a guy in a Honda Fit passes me in the same lane. His car is maybe four inches from my handlebar. As soon as he passes me he has to start breaking for the light. I'm only a few feet from his bumper. We both stop at the light where I attempt to have a discussion with him; however, he won't roll down his window, or even look at me.

I just wanted to let him know that I have been passed by hundreds if not thousands of cars and he is the first and only ***hole to put my life in peril.
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Old 03-09-11, 10:16 AM   #2
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Its rare that I read these boards and anyoen has a positive discussion with a driver after these types of things happen. It sucks, but you have to move on. Remember all the positive experiences with drivers you have had and don't let this one ruin that.
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Old 03-09-11, 10:31 AM   #3
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If he didn't roll down his window or look at you, he probably realized he did something stupid. I'd just let it go.
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Old 03-09-11, 10:36 AM   #4
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"My first experience" - I'm disappointed, I thought this opening was going to be a letter to Penthouse Forum!

Jokes aside, everyone has bad experiences with drivers from time-to-time (and not just cyclists). It won't be the last one so vent and move on. Another suggestion: look for some alternate routes off-the-beaten-path; a change of scenery and lesser auto traffic can do wonders for your disposition.
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Some days I get 4 honks from drivers.
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Perfect opportunity (with the red light) to note the license plate and report aggressive driving. Most states have specfic provisions for this.
Glad you're okay - it is unnerving to get "buzzed" like that. Do you use a mirror?
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If he didn't roll down his window or look at you, he probably realized he did something stupid. I'd just let it go.
+1 thats the best thing to do sometime. I know its hard I have had things thrown at me once and the truth is that the idiot might have a gun in the car and if you get loud with them for the right reason it might end up being your last ride =/ Always be on the look out and enjoy the ride =)
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These kind of experiences ruin your day and your outlook on humanity, but the bright side is things could have been worse and you could have been severely injured. Try to stay positive. I had a recent negative experience as well, it sucks, but the feelings to pass, and hopefully everyone involved learns from it.
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Doesn't happen to me much, only maybe 4 or 5 times total in 5 years, but generally I pull in directly behind, in line with their rear-view mirror and coast to a stop with my headlight on high.

It may also be amusing to pull out a phone and point it at their license plate. Even if it doesn't really have a camera.
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Report is as aggressive driving and move on.
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I've learned over the years like many other cyclists that any attempt to discuss the errors of a driver's way will be futile at best and violent at worst. Instead, I like to turn it into kind of a sick contest where I want to see how many cases of harassment I can rack up in a week. I figure the more I ride, the more likely I am to be harassed, so if I'm getting harassed a lot it must mean I am getting lots of ride time in.
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Used to 'ride angry' and did some things for which I'm not proud, but at a point I just 'gave it up'. Wasn't worth it anymore. These days I sometimes pull into my driveway and have to think back to remember from where I'd just ridden. Endorphins?

The only time I have any type of reaction is for dogs. They can be dangerous. Nobody's thrown at me for years and I simply ignore anything that's yelled.
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If he didn't roll down his window or look at you, he probably realized he did something stupid. I'd just let it go.
Best advice yet, although there are other good comments in the thread, too.

Since the driver stopped at the red light, and you were "caught up" at that point, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to pass the driver ( safely, while the car isn't moving ) and point out the full moon. Nah ... don't do that, unless you live somewhere warm.
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It happens..
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I used to flip out during close calls too. You just have to learn to let it go. If you focus on all the garbage that drivers will inevitably perpetrate against you, you'll quickly begin to hate commuting. I had a lady nearly drive over me as she sat at a stop sign last week. "Hello? Right here in front of your mini van! Hello?!" I was literally six inches from the hood of her van before she stopped. I just shook my head, took a deep breath and went on my way. Makes for good storytelling if anything.
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Realize that the "accepted, normal characteristics" of people change when they get into a car. It is very easy to misjudge other people's safety from the comfort of being inside your own vehicle. Also, remember that radio chatter, texting, phones, other occupants in the vehicle, or just simply having too much on your mind can affect how people drive and pay attention to their surroundings.

If you feel like you have to instruct someone though, always keep in mind that once you engage them, the outcome may not be what you want. I've had at least one incident where I suggested to someone to "watch the F out" and they pointed to the side of the road ahead. I obliged and we came VERY close to me having to throw them the worst beating of their life. It wasn't until I saw the 3 year old little girl in the back seat looking at me scared that I realized this was going nowhere fast. I remembered my kids at home with my wife and told the guy to "take care of your kid and stop being a ******" and rode off. I think we both realized that our tempers got the better of us there, you don't wanna be that guy. I still feel like crap about it all this time later.
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...It wasn't until I saw the 3 year old little girl in the back seat looking at me scared that I realized this was going nowhere fast. I remembered my kids at home with my wife and told the guy to "take care of your kid and stop being a ******" and rode off...I still feel like crap about it all this time later.
Give yourself a break. You didn't know she was there. He did. To put a child in that position was completely irresponsible parenting. He would've deserved anything he'd have gotten from you for that alone. She just didn't deserve to witness it.
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Old 03-10-11, 02:40 PM   #19
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I actually had a pleasant encounter with a motorcyclist. He and his wife told me they were thankful I had two blinkies that were so bright in the back and all my reflective tape on. I'd say I get one rude driver per 20 polite ones.
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If he didn't roll down his window or look at you, he probably realized he did something stupid. I'd just let it go.

+1 Probably the wisest comment ive read this week.


Ill admit one time i almost hit a Motorcyclist for doing something stupid in my car.. he yelled at me once we were at the stop light and i felt so bad.. i just said sorry and looked forward. I could tell he was waiting for me to retaliate but i knew i was wrong so i didnt make eye contact.

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As others have said, just let it go; most of the time the driver realizes he/she did something stupid and feels plenty stressed just having you stopped behind him/her in the lane, not doing anything.

If the driver did do something on purpose, acting unphased lets them know they didn't rattle you, and they probably will see less incentive to do it again in the future.
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