Saturday, September 09, 2006
Cycling Road Rage
I flipped a guy off the other day on my ride to work. I don't normally do that sort of thing and I feel bad about it.
I find I'm getting angry during my commute.
I have to cross an intersection where I wait alongside vehicles going the same direction as me, waiting at the red light to turn right. I am waiting for the green to go straight across. I have almost been hit a few times by these right turning drivers.
It's not because they don't see me. I look like a frickin' irradiated carrot, lit up for Christmas.
I have my blinky lights blinking, my dayglo orange reflective vest reflecting, my headlight shining and I also stand a bit further UP than the vehicle I'm next to.
The light turns green, I go, the vehicle goes into the turn also.
The brakes squeal as they hit them so they don't hit me.
I point to the green light, I point to the "walk" crosswalk indicator, I point to myself and then point straight ahead of me. Hopefully the driver understands this simple sign language and is aware that next time the light is green, I am going to GO as I have the RIGHT OF WAY, just like a pedestrian.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
I looked it up in the state laws. It's not legal to ride IN the roads here, either have to be on the bike path, on the shoulder of the road or as far to the right as possible if there is no shoulder.
I am riding on a bike path that leads up to the intersection and is then shared with pedestrians as it joins up with the sidewalk.
Also, bratty teens who block the bike path and will not move over also pisses me off. At this point I am supposed to yield to the pedestrians but those little shits deserve to be run over.
Good thing cycling burns off the negative energy. The rage is usually neutralized by the end of my ride. Besides, guns are too heavy to carry on my bike.