Hey BFSSFG. Long time creeper, first time contributor here.
I was biking up from work today when I was honked at multiple times by a city bus behind me. The bus continued to do so for a couple blocks, until it stopped at a stop and I biked ahead. This has happened to me several times, which makes me really question whether the drivers are truly qualified to be driving buses in the city.
I wrote a letter to the bus company which reads as following:
Dear Translink I am a cyclist who often commutes up and down Main St. Today, on my way back home biking up Main just up to Broadway, I was honked at by one of the Number 3 buses that was behind me, which I took as a signal to get off the road onto the sidewalk. But as you are probably aware, cyclists are permitted on the road by law and are given the same rights and responsibilities as cars in this city. I find it outrageous that I am being honked at by public transit vehicles, which should be setting an example by practising lawful behavior on the road. Today was not the first time this has happened; I've often been subject to such actions from other bus drivers, which I believe is nothing short of road rage. Please train your drivers so that they are aware of the cyclists rights on the road and are understanding of the fact that bikes cannot always travel as fast as buses. We do not take up a lot of space; all I am asking is a little piece of the road so I can get around town.
Am I the only one getting this kind of treatment from bus drivers? It's not as if it's not bad enough that I am screamed at and almost hit by cars and trucks every day.