I was cruising down a one way street, on the left side and just began a left turn. The street I'm turning on to is being held by a stop sign, it is a two-way street and there is a line of cars about 4 deep. There were many other cars on the one way I was on road so it was just me they were waiting for. Just as I'm about to complete my left turn, the jackass four 4 cars back decides he isn't gonna wait into this line and pulls into on-coming traffic in an attempt to blow the stop sign. This being the lane that I just *legally* turned on to. We both skid to a halt my wheel is about a foot from his bunker. Of course it is some kind of luxury sedan but the model looks a little old. The driver and passenger basically resemble John and Cindy McCain (no ****). The tableaux inside the car was pretty telling. Wifey was not thrilled with hubby driving in the wrong lane and now that he has almost hit a biker and is trapped in an illegal maneuver she is pissed. He is like a dear in head lights. He tries to shimmy around me and ends up positing the driver side window right next to me. I put my face in his window and shout "dude, what the f*ck!"
Now I have peoples attention, like the whole block. This guy is clearly driving like an ******* so I'm being applauded by motorists, peds and cyclists alike. Without response, he continues to slowly drive by me. So now I'm faced with a choice do I:
Try and halt the car and wait for a cop?
Split cause maybe he is crazier then I am?
Take my aggression out on the car?
All of the above?
The next thing I know my hand is wrapped around the cars back antenna. Hmm... a little too far. I settle for pounding my fist on the trunk, loudly. Now the situation is a little uncomfortable so I bale.
I have lived in many different cities in the USA and I swear the worst drivers live in Pasadena, CA. I've lived in Philadelphia, Boston, The Bronx, places that should theoretically be FAR worse to bike in then the suburban utopia of Pasadena, CA. Yet somehow, despite the idealistic driving conditions and wide bike lanes this city has by far the worst drivers I have ever seen. Can anyone shed some light on this? I mean Boston had potholes and malicious drivers but at least they drove well!