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Old 01-05-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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On the ride today

I had a guy buzz me, then swerve towards me, and then give me the finger. I was next to the white line on a local road (45mph). I went ahead and returned the gesture, probably shouldn't have, but I was pissed.

I may have to find another road that doesn't attract so many impatient crazy drivers. Don't these fools know the bicycle was on the roads long before the car?

I mean damn, I am a dad! I want to see my family when I get home.

Thinking about writing the city and pushing for more bike lanes.



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I had a guy buzz me, then swerve towards me, and then give me the finger. I was next to the white line on a local road (45mph). I went ahead and returned the gesture, probably shouldn't have, but I was pissed.

I may have to find another road that doesn't attract so many impatient crazy drivers. Don't these fools know the bicycle was on the roads long before the car?

I mean damn, I am a dad! I want to see my family when I get home.

Thinking about writing the city and pushing for more bike lanes.
Yet another reason to ride with GoPro and turn that in...as if it would do any good.


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We actually have a 3 foot law but they don't seem to care.

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Yet another reason to ride with GoPro and turn that in...as if it would do any good.
If enough cyclists make noise about it - with proof on video - I think it can only help in the long term. I say that in the overall statistical sense - you're absolutely right that a lot of the individual videos would be ignored, but they add up.

Show solid evidence, for example, that additional enforcement of the state's 3-ft passing law is needed with videos from hundreds or thousands of cyclists being harassed/passed inappropriately, etc.

Synack - really glad you're okay. I agree it's best not to return the love when such things happen, but it can be hard to remember that in the heat of the moment . The motorist's behavior sounds dangerous and completely inappropriate. I'm glad the situation didn't turn tragic.
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You're absolutely correct, I was just shocked and really pissed. I know the best thing is to ignore it.

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We actually have a 3 foot law but they don't seem to care.
I'll wager you a bet, 99% do not know and most LEO's are unaware of the fact as well.
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Some people are just *******s. Don't worry, karma can be cruel sometimes. Maybe one day he'll piss off the wrong cyclist and pull over to have his ass handed to him.

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The even worse part was that when he swerved towards me intentionally he almost over did it and went off the road.

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The even worse part was that when he swerved towards me intentionally he almost over did it and went off the road.
As long as he didn't hit you or someone else in the process of rolling his cage, I can't think of a better self-inflicted punishment. Especially if it was possible to catch the event on video

That said, this just adds fuel to the fire of what was already a terribly dangerous situation. It's bad enough to to have an idiot intentionally swerve his multi-ton guided missile toward you with the presumed intent of harassing, but not actually hitting you.

Much, much worse when said idiot's driving skills are insufficient to the task, putting you and everyone else on the road at risk. Wow.


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