warthog1 wrote:You were very restrained
I am afraid I felt like stepping into the frame whilst watching that video and punching that creature repeatedly
I'm sure I wouldn't have, but he was a special breed of annoying.
I noticed your camera shot wobble at one stage did he push you?
Yes, the urge to smack him one was very strong, however, that would land me with assault charges and ruined my day, rather than just laughing at this moron and continuing on.
"People" (and I use that term loosely) like this can't be reasoned with, he clearly nearly hit a guy exiting his vehicle and yet cannot see why you us selfish cyclists would avoid the bicycle lane? If he doesn't get that then there's no point even giving him the time of day. He didn't make contact, I did unclip in case I needed to get off the bike in a hurry, possibly that's what happened, or if it was where he nearly doored that guy, I was about to move to help him if he fell.
dmwill wrote:warthog1 wrote:You were very restrained
Muppets like that fruit loop want a reaction. Keeping your cool just winds them up more
I think this is why he wound back up after the lady in the white car and I had a chat and a laugh about him, noone paying him attention, people getting annoyed at him. His plan has headed south a long time ago and he's now in a state of who knows what? As soon as he exited the vehicle, I immediately thought he was under the influence of some kind of drug, but who knows.
I do deal with high stress environments during my work, so I have had a bit of training in staying cool when there's a bit of pressure around. Plus, not worth my energy to try to explain something to someone who can't even grasp where the footpath is (here's a tip, it's not in the middle of a lane... )
il padrone wrote:That guy may just have been a brother of the guy that arced up towards me the other afternoon - just because I gave him an unhappy look at the lights and commented about a very close overtake at speed.... which it most certainly was, despite his claim of allowing plenty of room. He actually ended up claiming he cycles a fair bit, and we did resolve the issue, but some people just get SO wound up, true anger-management problems. When it happened to me I felt unsafe to ride on, and wary of a pointless argument escalating if I stayed..... so I just rang 000 for the cops (road-rage after all). This took the dispute out of our arena and eventually cooled things down.
That's definitely not a bad way of diffusing a situation like that. It's amazing how people will arc up at such trivial little things, I have no idea why people are so defensive these days, we all make mistakes, just man up to them! What happens if these people run out of milk in the morning??
Cheers and happy cycling!