10. Honk their horn as they pass. Just go around, you’re not the only car I’ve seen today… or did you mean to scare me so I crash right in front of you? With my head under your wheel perhaps?
9. Slow down next to us and explain that we should be riding on the sidewalk and not in the road. This is okay if we’re three years old and on a tricycle, but otherwise it’s not only dangerous, it’s illegal
8. When it’s dusk or nighttime and we’re coming up the on the opposite side with headlights and reflectors why click on your high-beams for a better look? We’re trying our best to make our way by and avoid gutters, gravel, rocks, etc in the road, and now we’re blind (thank you very much).
7. Rev their engines as they pass you. As if to prove their manly hundred and something horsepower is superior to your two leg power. Are we really that threatening to your fragile ego?
6. Somehow think that it’s a rule that you HAVE to pass a bicycle on the road if you are in a car. Even if the bicycle is going ten or more MPH over the speed limit downhill around a blind corner….
5. Insist on squeezing you against the edge of the road for fear of crossing the yellow line. Really, it’s okay to go over the line if no one is on the other side. If it was a couple of traffic cones around a pothole you’d go around, but a human being, no way…
4. Yell out the window at the precise moment they go rushing by. I assume that they don’t realize that it really isn’t that startling over the engine and wind noise (especially when this and the horn have been done so many times before). And on this one, I also wonder if they really think we can make out anything they yell. I never have…not a single word in all the rides I have been on.
3. Pass you and then immediately make a right turn as if you ceased to exist just because you passed into their blind spot. I guess this one is okay though, because we cyclists will heal after crashing into a passenger side door, the dented/scratched door panel and broken window will not.
2. Decide to make a left into their driveway right in front of you because they know they can just make it (barely). This saves them all the time it would take you to safely ride past their driveway. If they would think for a second they’d realize that it’s barely a moment and an opportunity for a nice gesture, possibly a wave or a smile… But it seems that a second to think is too much to spare when stressfully commuting home.
1. After hitting you head-on and acting as if it was your fault somehow even though they were turning left and you were coming up the other side of the road in plain sight… Saying “I didn’t see you” as if that makes everything OK and is a legitimate excuse for hitting someone on a bicycle head-on with a van. If you’ve read this far and love cycling, comment with your #1…
Thanks for reading this, I really needed to get this off my chest. These are all unfortunately written with the voice of experience (way too much experience…).
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