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Aug. 19th, 2009 | 09:29 pm
mood: curiouscurious
posted by: k2rider78 in we_ride_bikes

I almost got hit by an SUV this last week while I was riding my bike.
Cut for bad language-

The dude crossed to lanes of traffic and stopped in front of me when he finally saw he cut me off. Luckily I stopped. He looked at me like I made some kind of traffic violation, then he kept going. I called him a jerk. He yelled "Fuck you!" He had a little dog sitting on his lap. I don't think he was talking on a cellphone. I of course retaliated- "Fuck You!" While I said that I thought of the irony, I would NEVER want to fuck him. He of of course yelled back- "Bitch." I saw no point in arguing with him ;) And I road off before it escalated any further.

Now maybe I should have kept my mouth shut but what would you have done in that situation?

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from: ihsyasylime
date: Aug. 22nd, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
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I am careful when it comes to angry or unsafe drivers. I have had many incidents where cars were very near to hitting me, or have yelled extremely mean things to me. But in some states, if you yell profanity or wave the middle finger, that can be considered "provoking" and decrease your case a lot. I usually wave, or if I happen upon the driver again at a stoplight, I mention, "You almost hit me, please be more considerate and drive safely."

I just figure it's more helpful for the big picture condition to remain calm and polite. Sure, they're mean jerks, but yelling at them is not going to make them better drivers. Just more angry at cyclists.

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