I was called on to work late today causing me to ride home after dark first time since last Winter. I was running a 300 lumen Denotte tail light (pointed at the ground about 10 feet behind me on slow flashing - about one flash per second) and an old NightRider Newt, also about 300 lumen (pointed at the ground ten feet ahead of me) on a fairly obnoxious flashing mode. I don't usually run the flash mode after dusk but was traversing a fairly gnarly intersection and stretch of road nearby and I didn't feel like being cut off by crossing traffic running stop signs.
A car passed me, then merged into the bike lane ahead of me with his right blinker on. No problem so far. So I merge left into the auto traffic lane to go around him as he slows for his turn. As I passed he stopped mid turn and called me an A**hole as I went past on the driver's side. Other than my Blinding Light Show I have no clue. I even waited for a green light at the previous intersection.
Hey...I am being seen. He didn't run over me. Guess that's a small victory.