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Old 07-26-11, 06:40 PM
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Got to educate a driver today!

A good part of my commute is narrow two-lane roads (one lane each direction) with no shoulder. Most aren't that busy, but there's one section of about 1/2 mile that's fairly busy where I am frequently honked at. Today, as usual, I was honked at there, although unlike before, I worked up the nerve to say something to the driver at the light.

Here's how the conversation went:

Me: "There was really no need for you to honk at me. It's legal for me to take the lane and actually much safer so cars don't try to squeeze by and run me off the road."

Her: "Well, what you were doing was very dangerous. Do you know how many cars you were blocking behind you?"

Me: "It's actually the safest option and legal. Plus, how long did I slow you down? 30 seconds?"

Her: "You say it's legal. So if I went to the state driver's handbook it would be in there?"

Me: "Yes, please do go look it up. It most certainly is legal and in the handbook." Then I rode forward into the other lane.


I was glad to have the opportunity to educate her, although who knows how much it will sink in.
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Old 07-26-11, 07:07 PM
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It won't do any good..
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Old 07-26-11, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by yammay
A good part of my commute is narrow two-lane roads (one lane each direction) with no shoulder. Most aren't that busy, but there's one section of about 1/2 mile that's fairly busy where I am frequently honked at. Today, as usual, I was honked at there, although unlike before, I worked up the nerve to say something to the driver at the light.

Here's how the conversation went:

Me: "There was really no need for you to honk at me. It's legal for me to take the lane and actually much safer so cars don't try to squeeze by and run me off the road."

Her: "Well, what you were doing was very dangerous. Do you know how many cars you were blocking behind you?"

Me: "It's actually the safest option and legal. Plus, how long did I slow you down? 30 seconds?"

Her: "You say it's legal. So if I went to the state driver's handbook it would be in there?"

Me: "Yes, please do go look it up. It most certainly is legal and in the handbook." Then I rode forward into the other lane.


I was glad to have the opportunity to educate her, although who knows how much it will sink in.
Yeah, sadly who knows if she'll look it up when she gets home.

On a similar note, today while starting out on my ride I got honked at by some arsehole in a pickup truck while I was riding in the bike lane.
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Old 07-26-11, 07:43 PM
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I ride quite a bit, and the number of cars I hold up for even 30 seconds is extremely small. Usually they want to turn right and don't want to cut me off.
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Originally Posted by bhop
It won't do any good..
I'm sure you're right. It did make me feel better though!
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I tell drivers I am helping cut what they pay for gas by reducing demand and applying downward market pressure on price..

You can see the gears and chainrings turning in their heads for a few seconds and then they smile. A few have even said, "thank you."
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Old 07-26-11, 08:56 PM
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I don't think they really even care if it's legal. If they are inconvenienced they just honk...

But, points for trying.
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^^+1

I always love when the get the "it's very dangerous" thing going. Like the actually care what happens to you. The whole issue for them is saving that 10 seconds.

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It sounds like you actually at least had a conversation so It think this was positive or at the very least wasn't bad. Usually these threads have this type of exchange ending poorly.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen
I ride quite a bit, and the number of cars I hold up for even 30 seconds is extremely small. Usually they want to turn right and don't want to cut me off.
The irony is that they cause each other more and longer delays than we can. I guess maybe when/if our numbers really start to grow it might be an issue, but right now it's all in their minds.
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I educate everyone behind me.
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It would be funny to wear something more along the lines of "Honk if you love bicycles!". Then you can just smile and thumbs-up anyone who honks. And the motorists who hate you won't want to give you the satisfaction.
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Good for you. Just hope looks it up. Oh and I love the sign on the back of that xtracycle.
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what the heck? I would like to see your setup a bit closer and from some other angles... the one with your sign on the back...

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Originally Posted by Ira B
I tell drivers I am helping cut what they pay for gas by reducing demand and applying downward market pressure on price..

You can see the gears and chainrings turning in their heads for a few seconds and then they smile. A few have even said, "thank you."
That is the best response evah!

Very few drivers hassle me. Once someone honked at me and another driver started following that driver and honking at him! Austin drivers are pretty respectful towards cyclists.
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Originally Posted by dolanp
It would be funny to wear something more along the lines of "Honk if you love bicycles!". Then you can just smile and thumbs-up anyone who honks. And the motorists who hate you won't want to give you the satisfaction.
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Originally Posted by dolanp
It would be funny to wear something more along the lines of "Honk if you love bicycles!". Then you can just smile and thumbs-up anyone who honks. And the motorists who hate you won't want to give you the satisfaction.


I try to avoid those dang streets altogether!
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Old 08-01-11, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Metal Man
I educate everyone behind me.
I think that sign came from my thread a while back. That's cool!

I was wearing it for a while but stopped because the sign got mangled after a few weeks of wearing on my back. Maybe I'll have to start again!
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That could be , I picked it off of here somewhere. I had it on for about two months now, it works well.
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