AussieCJ7 wrote:I am new to this whole cycling commuting thing and will prob get flamed for this but I do believe it is a 2 way street and when there is no bike lane cyclist who lane split at lights do cause an impact on the flow of traffic that can get extremely frustrating if as a motorist you give a bike the space and overtake them safely and then they lane split at next lights and this is repeated over and over
So while there is no excuse for either side abusing someone do take a moment to consider if your actions contributed to their frustration as the solution is mutual respect and I know I have seen both sides of it and rarely is both parties 100% innocent
AussieCJ7.....I have a shoulder to ride on for 99.5% of my ride. Their are a few choke points where the shoulder simply disappears. At these times I dig deep and go as hard as I can until the shoulder reappears so that I impact the traffic as little as possible. In saying that, I have never had issues at these choke points with people beeping, yelling out or driving like lunatics endangering my life.
In my case, and I can only make comments based upon my experiences, what you have described has nothing to do with what has happened to me. I have only experienced P platers being idiots when there have been two lanes for them to travel in and I have a nice wide shoulder to ride in. So lane splitting cannot explain why these tools do what they do.
Also, my main point on this thread is/was...why does it seem only P platers do the "startling"...again based upon my own experiences.