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I got "horned" four times today!

Old 04-13-19, 05:37 PM
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I got "horned" four times today!

First was a d-bag in a pickup.

Second was a d-bag in a two-seater convertible.

Third was a d-bag in a minivan.

Fourth was a goose. That one I didn't mind.

Be careful out there. Carry on.
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I like that!
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Four in one day is a lot. Time to look for a new place to ride.

I hate geese, too. Filthy animals.
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Horn honks don't always indicate impatience or anger. In some cultures it's considered polite to honk before/while passing, notably some busy cities in India where commercial and passenger vehicles have signs on the rear *asking* drivers to honk before passing to alert the driver.

One of my neighbors honks whenever he sees me. He's just saying "Hi!"

I grew up in and near NYC where everybody honked all the time. After awhile you just ignore it.

When I moved back to Texas as a teenager and got my learner's permit my granddad warned me to never again honk at another driver for any reason (I did, once). In the 1970s in Texas honking was tantamount to daring someone to fight or shoot. But times have changed. Weatherford, to the west of me, used to be a friendly rural market town. Now it's the honkingest country town I know of in Texas. Even on a Sunday drivers have become so impatient they'll lean on the horn the instant the light changes to green. And it's not "foreigners." It's locals in pickups.

As long as they don't brush-by pass me or try to hit me I don't care.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Four in one day is a lot. Time to look for a new place to ride.
Like Europe, perhaps?
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Don't you know it's their road?
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Originally Posted by canklecat
Horn honks don't always indicate impatience or anger. In some cultures it's considered polite to honk before/while passing, notably some busy cities in India where commercial and passenger vehicles have signs on the rear *asking* drivers to honk before passing to alert the driver.
In benign circumstances I guess the a$$hats think cyclists are unaware of their presence, and want to warn us they are passing, and damned close at that, because they canít bother to slow down for five seconds. The others are jerks, hoping to elicit a startle reflex.
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I got the finger out the window of a passing car. The first unfriendly gesture in my storied career here in rural Yucatan.
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Old 04-13-19, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Don't you know it's their road?
Silly me. Must have forgotten.

Iím over it. Really.
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It's okay to complain. Doesn't do any good. But it feels good. I gripe at least once a day. It's like deep breathing, yoga or smacking a fool. It feels so good.
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Oh, and I was expecting you to be going too slow with Graeme Obree drafting you.

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It's spring. Everyone is horny.
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Did a 30 mile ride today......towards the end, I had a teenager hanging out of window, (car came up from behind) and he screamed just feet away from me as the car past. Really startled me. Why do people treat others like this, I will never understand it.
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Originally Posted by vintagerando
Did a 30 mile ride today......towards the end, I had a teenager hanging out of window, (car came up from behind) and he screamed just feet away from me as the car past. Really startled me. Why do people treat others like this, I will never understand it.
In my case, probably karma is to blame.


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Originally Posted by horatio
First was a d-bag in a pickup.


Second was a d-bag in a two-seater convertible.


Third was a d-bag in a minivan.


Fourth was a goose. That one I didn't mind.


Be careful out there. Carry on.

I guess as the target of all that honking, that makes you the the honk-ee. Alas poor Horatio, even the geese are against you on this day.
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Keep Honking


On a gentler note....



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A goose honking at you is no big deal. It's when they hiss at you that you need to be careful.

With cars and pickup trucks, there are so many possible reasons why a driver might honk, and we'd really have to get inside the head of every one of the drivers who do this. I'm not interested in defending the 95%* of them that honk unnecessarily.

More interesting, I think, is the question of whether (a) all cyclists get honked at the same amount, or (b) some cyclists get honked at a lot more than others. I'm pretty sure the answer there is (b).

The next question, then, is the same question but restricted geographically. In a given area, do some cyclists hear more honking than others? I'm pretty sure this is the case. That means that there are drivers who honk at one cyclist but not another. I'm somewhat interested in getting inside the heads of those drivers.

I have noticed that a couple guys I ride with, both strong and competent riders, get honked at by drivers who don't honk at me. This occasionally descends to shouting. One driver honked at the guy I was riding with, passed him, and then yelled at me, something to the effect that I should instruct my riding buddy to ride closer to the edge of the road. Sure, dude, you can be the teacher and I'll be the teacher's assistant and together we will make the roads safer for everyone.

*As usual, the statistic was made up on the spot.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
I hate geese, too. Filthy animals.
But they taste so good!

I didnít get any honks yesterday (except from geese) but got a very close drive by on a narrow road without a shoulder - the driver never crossed the center line. Itís a 35 mph zone and I didnít feel wind go by, but every other car gave us at least five feet, even the ďimpatientĒ ones that had to wait a few seconds, then revved their engines and sped past us.

Just be glad that honking is all they did!
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Near the end of my ride yesterday in a very low traffic neighborhood next to mine I had a BMW creep up on me, and once right behind me lean on the horn. Startled the heck out of me. I had looked behind me just moments earlier, and nothing was there, so he must have come out of a driveway or side street. Some people have no patience, nor politeness at all. A slight tap on the horn would have sufficed.
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Originally Posted by horatio


Like Europe, perhaps?
I have friends who live and ride in France, Spain and Italy. Sorry to report that it is not much better either.
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Originally Posted by mountaindave

But they taste so good!

I didnít get any honks yesterday (except from geese) but got a very close drive by on a narrow road without a shoulder - the driver never crossed the center line. Itís a 35 mph zone and I didnít feel wind go by, but every other car gave us at least five feet, even the ďimpatientĒ ones that had to wait a few seconds, then revved their engines and sped past us.

Just be glad that honking is all they did!
Yeah. At least theyíre not throwing cans or bottles!

A blonde in a convertible Camaro passed me yesterday, doing about 60 in a 45 zone, but she gave a good 20-foot margin. The minivan was about two feet away, and I was as far to the right as I could be. I really need to install the rear view mirrors I got for Christmas, so I can keep an eye on the enemy.

In SC traffic regulations for bicycles state to ďride as far to the right as practicable,Ē which I try to do. The roads I frequent were once strictly rural, but urban sprawl here has brought more and more traffic, and poorer drivers!
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Op I empathize, however getting horned isnít as bad as someone throwing a can of green beans at you. I still think Iím lucky their aim sucked . A 15 ounce can of green beans might have took me down ..
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Maybe cars need bike bells
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