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Old 03-10-06, 06:51 AM
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"GET ON THE SIDEWALK #$@%*&!"

I've lost count of how many drivers have yelled at me out their windows
about their preference for me to ride on the sidewalk instead of their road.
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Old 03-10-06, 06:57 AM
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Originally Posted by igloomaster
I've lost count of how many drivers have yelled at me out their windows
about their preference for me to ride on the sidewalk instead of their road.
Just yell back that _they_ should be driving on the sidewalk...
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Old 03-10-06, 07:58 AM
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me:Side-what?
them:walk!
me:exactly
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Old 03-10-06, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by CaptainKurt99
me:Side-what?
them:walk!
me:exactly
Nice!
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Old 03-10-06, 08:30 AM
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Print out small copies of the vehicle code, highlight the part about bicycles, roll them into tubes and rubber band them, and present them as you see fit.

Or, just ignore the ignoramuses.
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Old 03-10-06, 08:42 AM
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Feign deafness and ignore them. Heck, most of the time I'm not pretending. A skull cap makes things hard to hear. Plus, they tend to yell while passing at a high speed. It's a bit hard to hear motorists when you are riding 20mph and they come flying in the opposite direction doing 60.
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Old 03-10-06, 08:47 AM
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Heh. A couple of days ago, a jogger yelled at me to get off the bike trail.
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Old 03-10-06, 08:50 AM
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I have yet to hear this recommendation from our safety conscious car friends w/ whom we graciously share our roads.
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I like the advice I received in a recent thread on this subject. Try converting them to some religion.

Get off the road!
Repent, Jebus is coming!
Driver looks the other way thinking "Never mind. Just some nut case. No reasoning with him."
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Old 03-10-06, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by rjkresse
Heh. A couple of days ago, a jogger yelled at me to get off the bike trail.


I've only had one person yell at me to "use the trail." The trail was next to the street. The street is a residential street, 25MPH speed limit, and most days I don't even see a moving vehicle when I'm riding on it. It's THAT quiet. Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning I guess.

I wasn't on the trail because the trail intersections with roads and driveways were abrupt and impossible to ride through at the speeds I ride. You all know the drill there. I don't have to explain it.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
Print out small copies of the vehicle code, highlight the part about bicycles, roll them into tubes and rubber band them, and present them as you see fit.
I did this the other day. Our local bicycling advocacy group prints them out on little cards. But I don't carry a handlebar bag so I can't ever get to them fast enough. I need a small pouch or map holder on my bars to keep a stack of these.
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
I did this the other day. Our local bicycling advocacy group prints them out on little cards. But I don't carry a handlebar bag so I can't ever get to them fast enough. I need a small pouch or map holder on my bars to keep a stack of these.
In the past, I've actually used this on my top bar:

http://www.sciplus.com/singleItem.cf...LogFrom=Search

Ok, its not sexy, but it works. Its like having a dashboard. But in point of fact, it won't make any difference. People shout stupidities like this and then roll up their windows or drive away.
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I've never been told to get on the sidewalk, but have been told dozens of times to get of the road, with the implication to get on the sidewalk.

I've only been told this by drivers in cars traveling passing so quickly I don't have time to respond, which is good as my response would probably be angry ravings instead of clear and focused.

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Originally Posted by jyossarian
I have yet to hear this recommendation from our safety conscious car friends w/ whom we graciously share our roads.
More along the lines of "GTF off the road!" for me. I think maybe once a drive with a huge open lane to her left tailgated me, honking like mad, then gestured toward the sidewalk as she drove past. Whaaaaaatver.
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Old 03-10-06, 10:23 AM
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Once in a parking lot a woman yelled at my friends and I to "Get on the f'ing sidewalk". And when my roomate was making a left turn into our apartment complex some guy rolled down his window and asked her "Are you f'ing stupid?", she just said "No, are you?" and made her turn.

A friend from one of my classes saw me out on the road on campus and asked me what I was doing in the road. I said I was a vehicle, she told me I wasn't (her friend in the passenger seat pointed out that I was correct). When I passed her at the next light, I think she started to get the point.

The thing I find so strange is that very often the people chose to make these statements in places where the speed limit is between 10 and 20mph...and I'm basically keeping up with traffic. I suppose it's easier to yell things at those speeds, but it strikes me as odd that they do it under the circumstances where I am causing little to no inconvience in the first place.
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Originally Posted by GTcommuter
I did this the other day. Our local bicycling advocacy group prints them out on little cards. But I don't carry a handlebar bag so I can't ever get to them fast enough. I need a small pouch or map holder on my bars to keep a stack of these.
Nah. Wrap them around a piece of 1" wooden dowel, then load it into a tube on the handlebar. Hook up an AirZounds can and valve. When someone "requests" a copy by shouting at you, wait until they're passing and press the button. LAUNCH!
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The one time I had someone yell "GET ON THE SIDEWALK #$@%*&!", I happened to be right in front of a sign that said something like "Bicycles Prohibited On Sidewalk." Just shook my head.
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
Nah. Wrap them around a piece of 1" wooden dowel, then load it into a tube on the handlebar. Hook up an AirZounds can and valve. When someone "requests" a copy by shouting at you, wait until they're passing and press the button. LAUNCH!

hmmmm, I may just have to start designing the "REQUEST CANNON" tonight........
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Old 03-10-06, 11:16 AM
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blow kisses while smiling! it seems to get people angrier then when you give them the finger...

my goal is to make some ragin-cagers head explode! i have learned to thrive on idiots frustrations....
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Old 03-10-06, 11:18 AM
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The most upsetting thing about being yelled at to get on the sidewalk is:

In this town, about %70 of the roads don't even HAVE sidewalks, so not only does the motorist have no concept of "sharing the road," the fat ****s have probably never been a pedestrian, either. I always laugh when someone yells it on a road that obviously has no sidewalk.
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Old 03-10-06, 11:26 AM
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top this: I had a cop tell me to get on the sidewalk once over his car's loudspeaker. What a tool huh? It is indeed illegal in the town I was in when that happened to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk.
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Originally Posted by RB1-luvr
top this: I had a cop tell me to get on the sidewalk once over his car's loudspeaker. What a tool huh? It is indeed illegal in the town I was in when that happened to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk.
So what did you do?
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Originally Posted by max-a-mill
blow kisses while smiling! it seems to get people angrier then when you give them the finger...

my goal is to make some ragin-cagers head explode! i have learned to thrive on idiots frustrations....
What part of Philly you in? by far most of the yellings have been in the NE area. ... not really toomany issues other than the honking & cutting me off in CC & UC areas..
yea but blowing a cager a kiss near Genos' ... I gotta try that...!!!!
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
I have yet to hear this recommendation from our safety conscious car friends w/ whom we graciously share our roads.
hmm, me too. I mean how often can this happen? Maybe I look too scary on a bike to be messed with
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