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Friday, October 28, 2011

To the Ignorant, Hasty, Disrespectful Motorists

Posted on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Firstly, I would just like to express my utter outrage by how disrespectful motorists are of cyclists. Yeah, yeah, another cyclist bitching, you've heard it all. Today I was biking along, and a green Jeep, kept honking at me because apparently he found my presence on the road to be abhorrant. Unfortunately, unreasonably disgruntled motorist, there is not enough room for me to bike in a manner that would let you get by, any closer to the curb and I'd be on the sidewalk, or in the ditch, as I have a road bicycle, which doesn't like potholes one bit.

Furthermore, I was actually ran over by a minivan not long ago. I had the right of way, I had the green light... motorist didn't look left, pulled out right smack into the side of me, I am now permanently scarred as a result. This is not by far the only problems I've had... EVERYDAY I commute to university and to work and am nearly run off the road by 2-3 motorists... There is such a thing as the 1 meter rule now... that's a few feet. Not a single driver abides by it. So next time you see me biking smack dab in the middle of the lane, suck it up, because you've ran me over for the last time. If you don't want to waste your valuable time driving, get a bike, it's quicker anyways, in the day that is. Don't be surprised if I flip you off for honking your horn, especially when I've got no way to move out of your way. Be considerate, I'm just trying to get to university and work, I'm no different than you, other than I'm a little more considerate about the environment, and likely not as lazy. Additionally, I now carry both a voice recorder, and a pen/paper. From now on, all those who come near running me off the road will be reported to the authorities, the make/model and license plate will be noted, and you will be fined. Is it really worth the extra 10 seconds I hold you up? Why the hurry? Enjoy life, relax in your car, listen to some music or something, but don't expect me to put up with being nearly clipped every day, because I'm through! —The Fellow Cyclist

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