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You blew the red light east bound on Lawrence at Damen at 5:26 pm this evening.

 

There was enough time for the biker in front of me to make it half way into the intersection, northbound on Damen, before you came whizzing past my front wheel.

 

I yelled "You're an idiot!" at your big haired chick, self, and you looked back at me. I meant it!

 

I woulda testified for any of the cars, that managed to not kill you, if they had.

 

Keep riding like a tard!

love,

gabe

 

Witness bad behavior during your commute? Feel free to post. Maybe that lovely human can read it and think they are famous. Maybe you can also inspire the whole generation of kids to shower but we can start with small things.

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I periodically indulge in BMW-driver stereotyping, but I propose an age cutoff on the car - anyone driving something like a Bavaria (my favorite) or 2002 is right cool to me.

Oh, my goodness, this is one of my biggest pet peeves with drivers.  And it's constant.  It's as if they still think that a bicycle counts as a pedestrian and treat me accordingly.  No, I'm a vehicle, just like you. 

One of my pet peeves is when a car arrives at a stop-sign-regulated intersection before I do, but expects me to go first.

On the bike in those situations I stop and put my foot down.  I haven't seen a driver yet that doesn't recognize they have the right of way.

In the car in those situations I start moving slow enough to stop if the yahoo on their bike is planning to blow the intersection.  Stop or go, either way I can always hope they learn a useful lesson.

You: driver reaching 4-way stop in front of my house slightly after I did.

Me: made brief stop then proceeded straight through intersection in front of you, immediately signaling for left turn and starting to move left.

You impatient twit! Did you even LOOK after turning right behind me before you started to accelerate and move left, attempting to pass me on the left just as I was turning left into my driveway right in front of you? Waiting just a second or two would have allowed me to complete my turn and be off the road, out of your path, instead of nearly causing a collision. Do you understand the purpose of turn signals? Apparently not.

May I suggest a remedial Rules of the Road course for you? Have a nice day shithead! You better believe I'll be watching out for you around the neighborhood.

Time for a cold one and a few deep breaths. 

I like that cutoff. ;)

David P. said:

I periodically indulge in BMW-driver stereotyping, but I propose an age cutoff on the car - anyone driving something like a Bavaria (my favorite) or 2002 is right cool to me.

Yeah, me too. It would be so much faster for everyone if the driver just took their right of way.

A couple weeks ago, I was making a left turn at a light-controlled intersection. There was a line of cars waiting to go straight in the opposite direction (towards me). I was in the front of the turn lane, and the light turned green. The straight-going driver in the opposite direction refused to move and eventually waved me to go left. I warily went, so as to get out of the situation, but I really wanted to explain to that driver why he wasn't doing anyone, including me, any favors. After all, what if an impatient driver behind him, not seeing me, decided to swerve around him, plowing into me? It's safer and faster for everyone when we proceed in a deterministic order.



Lisa Gordon said:

Oh, my goodness, this is one of my biggest pet peeves with drivers.  And it's constant.  It's as if they still think that a bicycle counts as a pedestrian and treat me accordingly.  No, I'm a vehicle, just like you. 

One of my pet peeves is when a car arrives at a stop-sign-regulated intersection before I do, but expects me to go first.

Exactly. And you know the drivers behind the car that's granting inappropriate right-of-way are thinking it's the bike's fault.

Steve

David Altenburg said:

Yeah, me too. It would be so much faster for everyone if the driver just took their right of way.

To the guy in the hooptied Cutty who passed me on Fullerton as I moved left to turn onto California, shouting, "I wish bikes had motors!" - what does that even mean??

good one anne !

I had a similar one yesterday in roscoe village. approaching a 4-way stop around Berteau; I slowed down, the car that had stopped to my right (she was heading W.B. / I was heading N.B.); then they stopped; I made eye contact and nodded; then as I proceeded into the intersection they decide to head right at me. Dude did they get an earful of 4 letter words.

DB




Anne Alt said:

You: driver reaching 4-way stop in front of my house slightly after I did.

Me: made brief stop then proceeded straight through intersection in front of you, immediately signaling for left turn and starting to move left.

You impatient twit! Did you even LOOK after turning right behind me before you started to accelerate and move left, attempting to pass me on the left just as I was turning left into my driveway right in front of you? Waiting just a second or two would have allowed me to complete my turn and be off the road, out of your path, instead of nearly causing a collision. Do you understand the purpose of turn signals? Apparently not.

May I suggest a remedial Rules of the Road course for you? Have a nice day shithead! You better believe I'll be watching out for you around the neighborhood.

Time for a cold one and a few deep breaths. 

To the dude who threateningly asked "Do you have something to say?" to me when he decided it would be fun to ride to the right with the bicycles in a failed attempt to create his own second lane at Milwaukee and Division southbound, forcing his vehicle into a herd of at least 10 bikes, then stopping once he crossed the street and realized he wasn't gonna be able to speed out without killing someone... yeah. I do. 

"That was dangerous, and you're an asshole." 

But I wasn't going to say it to you at the time, because that kind of threatening language is not something I'm gonna engage with. You had to settle for me shaking my head in disgust and then riding away. 

I have had this happen and as a result I will never go before a car at a stop. I just look down or look in the other direction until they're clear.
 
dan brown said:

good one anne !

I had a similar one yesterday in roscoe village. approaching a 4-way stop around Berteau; I slowed down, the car that had stopped to my right (she was heading W.B. / I was heading N.B.); then they stopped; I made eye contact and nodded; then as I proceeded into the intersection they decide to head right at me. Dude did they get an earful of 4 letter words.

DB




Anne Alt said:

You: driver reaching 4-way stop in front of my house slightly after I did.

Me: made brief stop then proceeded straight through intersection in front of you, immediately signaling for left turn and starting to move left.

You impatient twit! Did you even LOOK after turning right behind me before you started to accelerate and move left, attempting to pass me on the left just as I was turning left into my driveway right in front of you? Waiting just a second or two would have allowed me to complete my turn and be off the road, out of your path, instead of nearly causing a collision. Do you understand the purpose of turn signals? Apparently not.

May I suggest a remedial Rules of the Road course for you? Have a nice day shithead! You better believe I'll be watching out for you around the neighborhood.

Time for a cold one and a few deep breaths. 

I tend to judge it by how the driver approaches the stop sign. If they're speeding and coming to a screeching halt, then I absolutely will NOT go in front of them. I wave them through if they're hesitating at all. In this situation, the driver approached at a reasonable speed and slowed at a reasonable rate. I was fooled.

h' 1.0 said:

I have had this happen and as a result I will never go before a car at a stop. I just look down or look in the other direction until they're clear.
 
dan brown said:

good one anne !

I had a similar one yesterday in roscoe village. approaching a 4-way stop around Berteau; I slowed down, the car that had stopped to my right (she was heading W.B. / I was heading N.B.); then they stopped; I made eye contact and nodded; then as I proceeded into the intersection they decide to head right at me. Dude did they get an earful of 4 letter words.

DB




Anne Alt said:

You: driver reaching 4-way stop in front of my house slightly after I did.

Me: made brief stop then proceeded straight through intersection in front of you, immediately signaling for left turn and starting to move left.

You impatient twit! Did you even LOOK after turning right behind me before you started to accelerate and move left, attempting to pass me on the left just as I was turning left into my driveway right in front of you? Waiting just a second or two would have allowed me to complete my turn and be off the road, out of your path, instead of nearly causing a collision. Do you understand the purpose of turn signals? Apparently not.

May I suggest a remedial Rules of the Road course for you? Have a nice day shithead! You better believe I'll be watching out for you around the neighborhood.

Time for a cold one and a few deep breaths. 

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