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My First Angry Driver Encounter

Submitted by on January 3, 2011 – 5:06 pm18 Comments

Lighten up, Francis

I often read about cyclists being on the receiving end of the angry drivers wrath  but until the other day I had never had such an experience.  My cycling virginity is no longer in tact.

Yes, I had my very first angry driver encounter and get this – we were not on a street with heavy traffic, we were not an an arterial (like Spring Valley or Coit or Northwest Highway), no, we were riding  on a residential street in a small neighborhood.  It’s not like we were impeding traffic for cryin’ out loud, there was no traffic to impede in the first place.  And for that matter we were doing all the things you’re supposed to do when you “take a lane”.  Sheesh.

So Mr. Angry Driver pulls up behind us and was not there for very long before he sounded off the horn, rolled down his window and started yammering, “get off the street!!!” as he passed us by in a huff.  We smiled and waved. 

Peace be upon you, bro!

He didn’t go Clyde Barrow on us or anything like that, no shots were fired, no one got hurt.  In fact there was not a hint of road rage, this was a simple case of road stupid. And an utter lack of manners for that matter.

I didn’t have the opportunity to illuminate the laws regarding a bicycle on the road, he drove off too quickly.  But this got me to thinking maybe we should do a contest or something to see who has the craziest Angry Driver story.

Oh well, we still had a great ride.

Got a crazy driver story?

– Chris

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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