Whats with all the nuts out today?

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Willie
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Ok so I had the day off today and got bored so I decided to ride down to the south side to pick up a few things. I didnt even make it all the way down before the crap started. First of all I was turning left off of mccardle road onto tenth in the south side. I signaled then made the turn but the guy behind me decided he had to make the turn first then tried to force me off the road while yelling to stay off the road. Not five mins later some jerk in a SUV passed me by going into oncoming traffic of sara street while sipping her coffee. Finally a woman on bingham decided to try and pass me 20 feet before the last stop sign on bingham before the gas station. Only problem was she didnt go fast enough when she went around me on the left then had to come back to the right side of the road because there was a car coming at her. On top of it she didnt notice that she hadent passed me intill I slapped her window with my hand. I wasent sure if she seen me or not and in a matter of seconds I was staring her rear view in the face. She opened the window and yelled at me for hitting her window and I told her i was tring to let her know I was there. So she kinda said sorry for not seeing me but then yelled at me and told me I have no right to the road.

SO my question is what the HELL is with people out on the streets today?


mark
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everyone was slippin a little somethin extra in their coffee to warm up this mornin… they’re just drunk, not crazy


salty
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it would almost be better if they were drunk – the effects of alcohol wear off in a few hours, but being a prick usually lasts a lifetime.


erok
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friday south side suburbanite attack


Andrew
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Someone rear ended me at 10mph today (I was driving so I am ok). It must be the weather.


greenbike
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but being a prick usually lasts a lifetime.

I was hoping someone had figured out how to fix stupid….but I guess I’ll have to wait longer now. *sigh*


eMcK
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I had a decent ride home. Cold and rainy, but I had the police officer controlling the 28 detour traffic stop the off-ramp for me to get on the 62nd St.bridge. On the other side the cop at the traffic light held it green for a good bit to let be make my left turn on Butler. Sweet.


Willie
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All I wanted was to go out on a little cruise in the rain. I really figured the streets would be empty at 230 in the afternoon with it being as cold and wet as it was. Boy was I wrong lol.


Mick
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I’ve had good luck with traffic cops, too. I thinnk when they can see that you are paying attention to them, then tend to cut you a break.

Mick


alankhg
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Ellsworth was full of jagoffs today.


dmtroyer
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Here’s to cars trying to take lefts onto penn ave blindly, tire skids, and the driver deciding (correctly) to stop at the last second so as to skirt by their bumper.

if nothing else it gets the adrenaline pumping and you look down 3 minutes later as you didn’t realize you were doing 25mph on the false flat into the strip.


netviln
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I always like the people who assume since you are in the right lane and they want to make a right turn that you will gladly move your bike out of their way to accommodate them. I also love it when they honk at you and call you an asshole for not doing so. I should really be more considerate I guess.


dmtroyer
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@netviln it is especially fun when they lay on the horn for 15 seconds until the light changes.


erok
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if they’re honking, they see you…


dwillen
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… but it still doesn’t mean they aren’t going to hit you.


Willie
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I think some drivers use a horn like a warning shot. They beep at you then if you dont move they try to hit you.


Kordite
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I get that “right turn impatience” even at turns where the sign clear says “No Turn on Red” and I’m in my car. Sure, I have my turn signal on, but I’m not going because the sign says I’m not supposed to but the a$$hat behind me is on his horn because I won’t go.


alankhg
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Then there are people who expect you to move into a parking lane as soon as it’s clear for a block or so, just so you can get trapped out of the traffic stream as soon as you encounter the next parked car.


sloaps
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I often enjoy the consideration of passing vehicles that provide me a wide berth, but force oncoming vehicles to swerve or stop for fear of a head-on collision.


Kordite
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I was stopped at the intersection of Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies when a fire truck from the Strip District turned left from the Boulevard onto Grant in direct violation of the illuminated sign indicating “No Left Turn.”

The car right behind him turned as well.

And the car after that.

And a truck after that. His window was down so I pointed at the sign:

Kordite: “The sign says No Left Turn.”

Scofflaw #4: “I know that.”

Kordite: “Then why did you turn?”

Scofflaw #4: “There’s a detour back there.”

Kordite: “But the sign HERE says No Left Turn.”

Scofflaw #4: “I know that.”

Kordite: “But you ignored it, anyway. The sign says No Left Turn.”

Scofflaw #4: “I know that.”

The guy in the truck behind him, who had also turned left and was still blocking traffic, didn’t look at me but laughed.

Kordite: “And you laugh and break the law, too. What’s wrong with you people?”

Then, two people drove through the light coming off of Second Avenue because they had been delayed by the five people turning left against the sign. Only after my light had been green for some time did the intersection finally clear and I was able to proceed with what would pass for safety.

If I were in a car.

So, in all, seven people broke the law because they were too self-important to go down to the next intersection to turn legally or wait for the intersection to clear or the light to cycle. This is one intersection during one cycle of the light. Multiply that during the several hours of “rush hour” across all the intersections of the city and you have no reason to wonder why people think riding a bike might be a little bit dangerous.

And this parade of idiocy was lead by a city fire truck. Good job, men. Good job.


coley
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I was in my car near the intersection at 5th ave & S Negley last night. There was a biker trying to make a left hand turn from 5th ave on S Negley. The asshole in a car behind him laid on his horn the entire time he had to wait for the biker to turn. (about 45 seconds to a min maybe) It pissed me off so bad.


coley
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I was in my car near the intersection at 5th ave & S Negley last night. There was a biker trying to make a left hand turn from 5th ave on S Negley. The asshole in a car behind him laid on his horn the entire time he had to wait for the biker to turn. (about 45 seconds to a min maybe) It pissed me off so bad.


Mick
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Then there are people who expect you to move into a parking lane as soon as it’s clear for a block or so, just so you can get trapped out of the traffic stream as soon as you encounter the next parked car.

That is so true!

But I’ve also seen bikers that wouldn’t pull into the parking lane for 100 feet to let the five cars stuck behind them pass.

Mick


Bikelove2010
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So I’m riding the side streets of the southside and a bus is behind me, and it wont pass (which I didn’t mind because busses are big and scary). So at the next light, I pull over a bit to let him by and he waves in appreciation. Then, not two blocks later, another bus flies past me and makes on coming traffic halt in fear of being run over. Seriously? What’s wrong with people.


Willie
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It seems like everyone is in a hurry all the time. Gotta hurry up to get to the red light or stop sign so they can blow it or sit there and wait. Folks need to slow down their daily rat race and look around some. Who knows they might even enjoy the view.


HiddenVariable
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Folks need to slow down their daily rat race and look around some. Who knows they might even enjoy the view.

nah. then they’d be cyclists.


StuInMcCandless
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I wouldn’t mind them slowing down to look around some, provided they kept their eyes on the road, and on me.

But yeah, the accelerate-into-the-red-light crowd and the aggravate-every-cyclist crowd have a lot of overlap.


Willie
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Well I dont actually want them to look anywhere but the road. More of a figure of speech. Maybe they should just slow down and smell the roses then :)


greenbike
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just a heads up: Oakland is a mess. I think it’s Homecoming, but I really don’t know—bike is probably the best way to get around honestly.


BlackCatTats
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There is definitely something in the air. I was right in traffic not 10 feet from the car in front of me in slow traffic when some lady on a phone decides that being behind a bike (even a bike going exactly as fast as the rest of traffic) was unacceptable so she guns past the double yellow and almost head-ons an incoming car and then the one that was right in front of me, i slow up to let her crazy ass in.

Theres definitely some extra Mon water in these folks diets lately.


Mick
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BlackCatTats – You made the right choice and you might even be thankful to her. In reality, you do NOT want a person like that behind you in traffic.

Mick


ieverhart
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I was coming down Liberty Avenue towards downtown, and just after clearing the intersection of the Bloomfield Bridge, a guy in a big red pickup truck (and, I think, a baseball cap and goatee) roars by, and in the two seconds we’re by each other, he makes all kinds of “@#^%$# get off the road!” gestures.

Moments like that make me think of point #7 on the Bike Pittsburgh membership card: “Stay calm if confronted by an angry driver. Remember, you’re on your bike and having way more fun than they are.”


rarswampcollie
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I was riding in Beaver near the high school – Thursday, the time that they get release. Some brat thought it would be funny to yell out the window and try to scare me… Not funny…had he scared me I would have wrecked…What is wrong with these kids?


rsprake
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ieverhart, I get most of my grief from drivers just before and after that intersection going in either direction. I can’t wait until they redesign and paint it!

rarswampcollie, I get that sort of thing now and then. Most recently a couple college age kids in a truck yelled something at me on fifth ave. They didn’t have a word to say to me when I pulled up next to them at the next light. :)


Willie
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Well im not sure exactly where I was but the other day a pretty nice SUV passed me then some little kid in the back seat stuck his hand out the window and gave me the finger. I kid you not, The little brat put his arm right out the window and flipped me off. I wish I had something cleaver to say about this but I really dont. I was completely blow away by this. Do these people tell their children to act like this or do they do it because they are just following their parents traits?


ieverhart
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I haven’t had any bad experiences with kids as passengers. Just before the aggressive pickup driver on Friday, I saw a boy in the front passenger seat of a car looking at me (in the less-than-ideal weather) and I dinged my bell, but don’t know if he could hear through the glass.

That said, some kids are jerks at very young ages (I seem to recall more than a few at my middle school, for instance) and they would be jerks in any context.


erok
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Some brat thought it would be funny to yell out the window and try to scare me… Not funny…had he scared me I would have wrecked…What is wrong with these kids?

i hate to admit it, but i was that brat once. growing up in the burbs does things to your mind


spakbros
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when I was young Nate and I were going through a phase where we were constructing little triangles of folded paper and shooting them with gumbands. I shot a dude right in the eye from the backseat at a stop light. He followed us for quite some time trying to run our car off the road while we played innocent to my mother. Only funny in retrospect but kids are just fucking bad sometimes. Love it


rarswampcollie
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EROK glad you admit you were once a brat does that mean you are a good kid now.


StuInMcCandless
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For me, the worst time to be on the road is about 3 to 4pm, when the roads are full of school buses. Far too often, I get heckled or something thrown at me from some kid on the bus, with middle school being the peak of the bell curve.

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