open topic, for anything cycling related.
I was in the left of 2 lanes. Left turn arrow comes on so I check behind to see if anyone is waiting to turn. No indicators on the van so I stay where I am. Moron is suddenly on the horn. Whatever I move over to let him past. Stops to give me a piece of his mind (not that he had much to spare). I pointed out if he indicated I would have let him through. Drives forward a metre & stops again, apparently deciding that he did have time for a chat after all.
Opens his door to get out. Looks at 95 kg of former prop forward & wisely decides to stay in the van, half hanging out of the door like that was what he meant to do.
Really needs to work on his range of insults though. Tried calling me fat, was a bit miffed when I asked if that was the best he had & referred to me as a female body part. I have never understood why some people think that is an insult - given how many men spend a great deal of time and money in pursuit of that end, I would have thought it was a complement. Next time I might respond "thanks but your not my type"
Of course in all of this time, the pathetic excuse for a person had missed the lights, got himself worked up in a lather & had virtually no effect on me as I calmly rode off.
I would like to be able to say I had sent him homeward to think again, but I suspect nothing short of ect would penetrate.
Turning right across an apparently empty left hand lane can be a bit fraught. On more than one occasion I have seen someone fly down the left hand lane and nose their way across into the right lane to get round a parked car or a merging lane. I'm always very wary of turning across two lanes when the left lane is empty.
In fact I nearly got myself written off years ago when I was running for a bus on Spit Road. The traffic in the right hand lane was at a standstill so I crossed and went between two cars, only to find myself in the path of a Porche doing Mach 7 up the left hand lane. Thankfully his brakes were as good as his reflexes and all I got was a bruise on my thigh. My backpack, which for reasons I won't go into here contained a toasted sandwich maker amongst other things, came off my shoulder and landed with a thud on his bonnet and I had the audacity to yell at him!
i love it when that happens.
Yep, "The best form of defence is offence" Custer of "Little Big Horn" fame.
Me too - I fight about as well as I climb hills. Maybe it was the arm warmers
Ahem. Generalise if you will about Toymotors. They certainly aren't cool. But my thought on the matter is that the same people who drove Volvos in the 80s are in Audis and Lexuses now. More tools per capita in those cars than the general driving population. FWIW.
I was riding home along Sandgate Road this evening in the bike lane when the soccer mum beside me put her indicator on and started to merge across. Gave a couple hits to the door in the process. It was also good to hear the car directly behind start rapidly beeping their horn to get the drivers attention. To the soccer mum; learn to use your mirrors and actually look out the passenger window. To the driver behind; big kudos on using your horn to alert the driver.
Yeah I saw those when we were out at SOP. Love the animal print
The really sad thing about this video is that this person potentially lives in my own neighbourhood. A real shame that people feel they can do whatever wherever they like. I'll be drafting a complaint and lodging it tomorrow morning along with another aggressive driver I'm yet to compile.
I use VideoPad as recommended by the Fly6 guys and have etched into the driveway dirt with the Karcher the calibration lines which I then accentuate on a still image with solid coloured lines. White out most of the rest of the image, then make it a transparent overlay on the video.
I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.
Nothing of that sort. Sandgate road is very wide. I had about another 3m of empty road to my left of the bike lane before it turned into the turn left only lane. I was doing 35-40kph but it would take more than that to get my HR up/create a stain moment
Saw a taxi driver in Noosa the other day chatting away on his mobile. Shame i wasn't able to get the rego, if i had his employer would know all about it.
When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments- Elizabeth West.
I had a MGIF moment that was so ridiculous it was amusing yesterday. I toddle along on a unicycle a couple of days a week - it is through a car park. I drive to Uni 2 days a week (ride the other 2, but the 2 days I drive am loaded up with football training kit and go straight from uni to train a football team) and park a bit under a km from the lecture theatre and unicycle in through the car parks. Gives everyone a laugh (including me) and is much more pleasant than driving around for 15 minutes looking for a non existent park closer to destination and still having a 10 minute walk. Yesterday on the way back to the car I was cruising along a dead end section that I rarely see a moving car in when I hear a car approaching from behind. I am almost at a 4 way intersection with a broad speed hump ahead of me right before the intersection:
(the photo is old, you can go straight through the dark green grass now - it is bitumen)
So I am barely 1 car length from the intersection and this car comes around me and then stops to turn left and they cut me off so tightly that I simple stop with my hands on the back of the car! The worst thing was that when they started again I couldn't get going so came off (on a uni that is no big deal - except I can't free mount very well, certainly not on speed humps) so I had to walk it about 15m to a pole to get back on and continue on my way.
It was all in ridiculous slow motion and no real danger due to slow speeds but just bizarre what they did.
Can I suggest you buy/make one of these? 1m or more in length.
That'll keep them away.
I used to have one, actually considering one again, though I am lucky to spend more than 20 minutes a week on roads, most of my commute is bike path and foot path, so it may just be overkill.
I could agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.
The car stopped for 9 seconds, at a give way sign, before coming out at the opportune time to collect the cyclist? Wow. One might be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that the driver waited so as to have the cyclist hit him.
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