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When you cycle why do drivers honk stupidly at you?

Old 09-25-17, 11:13 AM
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When you cycle why do drivers honk stupidly at you?

So when ever I cycle I always get honked at for example

1. One day. At a junction I noticed a car wasn't going to give way so I had to stop and wait for him to go but then a bus driver (Plus he litreally just pulled out of his first stop when he did this and I wasn't in the way) behind me honked at me and when I looked behind again honked again.
2. Today.i was just going straight and then a two car drivers honked at me (once in morning once in afternoon) and then did close overtakes.

Do drivers do this to test your patience to try and get a reaction? or why else do they honk you when your not doing anything wrong?
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I guess I am not at physically attractive as you
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Old 09-25-17, 11:45 AM
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Drivers are stupid. What else do you need to know?
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On Friday some doofus pulled up next to me at a light and wanted to talk about dangerous riding a bike on the road is.

I was like "You know what makes it safer? Focusing on the road and not on the doofus in a car trying to distract me with idiotic conversation"
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I was waiting to turn left in the left-turn lane. After I got a green light, a motorist approaching from my right turned left, running his red light, not signaling his turn, cutting so sharply that he was headed into the oncoming lane, at me. While I backed up frantically, he rolled down his window, yelled 'Stay out of my ^(%$ing way buddy!' I would have preferred a honk.
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Nine times out of ten the best think I can think of to do is ... nothing. No response; he (or she) is doing it for his (or her) own "pleasure." Mentally, I may be thinking, "Maybe next time you can afford a car with working turn signals" or "I'll ride on the sidewalk (that isn't here) when you ride on the interstate (which isn't either)," but it's like some other mental two-year-olds in the news; the best thing to do is ignore them.
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Also, it's good to keep in mind that not every bit of drama going on out on the roads is all about . . . * you *.

People in cars have been known to honk AT EACH OTHER occasionally. Unless it's painfully obvious, I just assume idiot drivers are honking at something else and do my best to ignore them.
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Good strategy and one I often employ. I always assume when they yell, "Get on teh sidewalk!" they are talking to some wandering pedestrian I cannot see, and the passenger in the car just happens to stick his/her head out the window and shout and make a rude gesture just as, purely by happenstance, they are right next to me.

I have trained myself to reflexively laugh ... it works about 85% of the time. Anything beats getting angry over that stuff ... and all the rational things I could yell back would be wasted so .... ride on and smile. Hope they haven't bred yet and choose not to. Really hope if they have kids they don't home-school.
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one day, had a guy yell at me:"expletive-you, yuppie!"

I only wish I was a young upcoming (or urban) professional again
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I guess I am not at physically attractive as you
Consider yourself lucky. If one more woman honks and tells me she likes my massive guads I may lose it.
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I've only been honked at twice this summer and that was someone just letting me know they were there. They weren't obnoxious about it at all. It was just a little toot.
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"When you cycle why do drivers honk stupidly at you?"

Because, it's the only way they can.
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Bad drivers are bad drivers and will honk because they don't know the rules of the road. They'll honk at good drivers and drivers who think they are good.

When I'm riding on the right side of the lane and get honked, I make my way to the centre because I know what that driver is intending to do. So I move to the centre of the lane to prevent him from doing it or force him to either change lanes or straddle the lane to pass me. That puts the risk on him not me.
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Around here, public buses give a little double-honk as they approach, which I think is just courtesy-- I don't mind it at all, as those LNG powered buses are stealthy quiet.

The one I do mind is when I don't put a foot down at a 4-way stop, but instead kind of slowly roll and time myself either to the car crossing the intersection right beside me, or the car coming directly opposite me-- the "use of flying cover." Every once in awhile, someone at one of the corners of the intersection, despite it not being their turn to go, will give me what I call the Nanny Honk. They're just so mad I didn't come to a complete, foot-down stop. I'm talking rolling at a brisk walking pace, maybe 5mph.

I've had a few pull up beside me further down the road, roll down their passenger window and yell something to the effect of, "THAT WAS A STOP SIGN BACK THERE YOU KNOW!" Best day ever, I leaned down so I could see in the window, looked straight at the guy and yelled back, "DAD!?! IS THAT YOU!?!" That guy was so mad. Visibly angry. Made the whole ride.
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I have often pondered this. I often wonder a) does an automobile driver's iq drop by 50 points or b) do just people with anger management issues seem to find me. Either way I got a video camera for them mounted to my helmet and just report to the local police in my area. Shouting swear words while driving is considered stunt driving here with a large fine (1,800$ I think), possible loss of license, and impounding of vehicle upon the officer's decision... This problem with car drivers seems to happen everywhere.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope
Every once in awhile, someone at one of the corners of the intersection, despite it not being their turn to go, will give me what I call the Nanny Honk. They're just so mad I didn't come to a complete, foot-down stop. I'm talking rolling at a brisk walking pace, maybe 5mph.
This is probably the only reason I've been honked at so far.

I had one where I was cruising at 15mph up to a four way with good visibility to see who's coming. As I'm within 50ft I look up to see an older SUV just flying up to the opposite side stop, I almost thought he was going to blow through. By now I'm midway thru the intersection and he brakes hard enough to make the stop, and as his front nose is diving down from the stop he lays on the horn as I go past him. I gave him a thumbs up

I couldn't believe he would go out of his way to race me like that. That's random and scary road rage. Mind you this is a residential area, and no cars around at the moment.

I guess I'm the bad cyclist, but I'll skip through red lights if no one's coming.

I once did this, then had the light turn green maybe 15 seconds later. I had passed a young kid sitting on a motorcycle (like a 250cc) waiting on the light. I hear him come up behind me then slow down, so I turned to him with a smile ready to wave.

He had the meanest look on his face and screamed "That was a red light, you could kill yourself!" I couldn't help but just laugh as hard as I could, he must've thought I was 16 or something. He looked surprised after I laughed then just took off.

People, I understand your concerns, but me and the bike way all of 200lbs @ 20mph. Let me worry about my safety, thanks.
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I guess I'm the bad cyclist, but I'll skip through red lights if no one's coming.
Me too, brutha!
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Honk back!
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I think the only times I've been honked at were by people just trying to let me know they were preparing to go around me. I've never had anyone lay on the horn.
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They mostly honk out of frustration. They perhaps know that the cyclist has every right to be there and they resent this fact, so they do the only thing they are able to--honk. Heck, I'll take that over being run over by some idiot going too far.

It's kind of like walking behind an old lady with a shopping cart at the supermarket...except you wouldn't dare yell at her after going past her. The anonymity of being surround by metal and tinted glass allows you to yell at a cyclist without looking her in the eyes.
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Nope. 3 years in and about 6,000 miles not one honk. Had some teenagers that yelled at me, but that wasn't a hate cyclists thing it was teenagers are loudmouth attention *****s thing.


If you don't hit me, I'm fine. Do we always have to be "outraged"?
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I average once per ride . I usually wave as if they were saying hello . I have heard there were two other road cyclists in the county I live in but I have never seen them .There are plenty of drivers that can't imagine anyone riding a bicycle with traffic though . No finger salutes ; don't want to make any enemies out there.
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People honking just hardly phases me.

A couple of years ago, I was riding in Portland. Then afterwards a neighbor commented that they honked at me, and I didn't even notice (or look up).

People have to realize that roads aren't for cars or bikes or tractors or...
Roads are for travel and transportation by any means suitable to the person. And, thus also need to be shared by all road users.
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