I Experienced Road Rage Today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@loralee (542)
United States
June 25, 2008 9:19pm CST
I'm amazed at how many idiots in cars don't know the rules of the road when it comes to bicyclists. I was riding down the street on the far right of the road going in the right direction minding my own business. I'm checking as I do to make sure no one is coming up too close on me. Anyway, this idiot woman starts beeping at me, telling me to get on the sidewalk and flips me off. Being the self-respecting bicyclist that I am, I had to catch up to her at the red light and inform her that the sidewalk is meant for walking, unless of course you're in suburbia where no one leaves their well-manicured prisons, I mean houses to use the sidewalk for walking in which case you can proceed to hit every sidewalk bump if you so chose and I told her to get the frig back there. All of this being said in a not so nice and way more colorful way I continued to tell her to learn the rules of the road at a rather high volume to drown out her hissy screaming. I'm telling you, it was good that she decided to drive on because if she wanted to get out of the car and fight, at that moment I'm definitely certain I'd have loved to pound her into the ground. See, I'm still angry. Wow, why do I let myself get so angered by ignorant people?!
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Why do you? Well because we as humans or smart human cannot believe that flesh was wasted on someone with such little intelligence. I guess I must admit that I do not know the rules when someone is riding on a bike, but I do not get close to them and I tend to move away from them because I have seen a few bad accidents involving people on bikes. I use to live in Nevada and I can remember there everyone stopped for people walking, riding their bikes, fighting in the street... In Ohio they really don't even stop for the police or fire department. I really just think that it depends are where you are from. Sorry you had such a crappy experience. I wouldn't have yelled at you and I probably would have been doing 2 mph trying to avoid you in every way.
@loralee (542)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Well I'm glad you wouldn't yell at me. I'm thinking we bicyclists (and I believe this includes motorcyclists) annoy people in bigger vehicles. I think its the fear of not seeing us and hitting us that makes them despise us so much. I could be wrong and I'm not as hated on the road as I think I am, but it sure does feel like it. And with gas prices the way they are you'd think people would have more understanding and more people would be using bikes on roads. Maybe their angrier than ever because of having to waste so much money on gas.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
26 Jun 08
You aren't the only one. Although I learned to be careful not to piss them off. I may mumble to myself about how stupid their driving is, but I don't piss them off anymore. A few years ago a guy in a great big pickup truck cut me off. I honked at him and flipped him off. Boy was that a mistake! This guy went insane. He was pounding on his steering wheel so hard it was shaking. He was honking and shouting and eventually he ran me off the road. I had to do some pretty crazy driving to get away from this nut. I think the only thing that made him leave me alone is I picked up the phone, showed him what I had, and pretended to dial 911. He left me alone, terrified on the side of the road then.
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@loralee (542)
• United States
27 Jun 08
Man oh man, thats a terrible experience that could have ended badly. You're right, you never know who or what you might run across on the road. I'm thinking twice. Thanks.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 Jun 08
I experience road rage just by watching the road. This afternoon I was standing by the roadside waiting for a taxi when this guy, riding a bicycle, comes down the wrong side of the road riding against the traffic and then crosses over to the other side through the line of cars. I was totally amazed ! Where are the police when you need them the most ? Trinidad, as well as many other places, has a built in world of wonders. You can watch them all standing by the road every single day.
@loralee (542)
• United States
27 Jun 08
It sounds quite hectic. Thanks for posting.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I can't believe that she would have the nerve to do such a thing. And she must be some kind of idiot not to know that you are instructed to ride your bike on the road and not on the sidewalks. That's why they have been trying to make a lane for bikes too however they are not always there. In my area there are a lot of bicyclists and they are all on the road, and yeah I worry when driving about coming up on them, and don't feel comfortable passing them, but it's not their fault. I wish they made bike lanes above curbs just for the safety of the bicyclists, not because it's a pain to deal with it as a driver. I think ignorant people outrage us all, don't feel bad... you had a right to be angry.
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@loralee (542)
• United States
27 Jun 08
I wish people had more faith in us bicyclists. I find, whether in a car or on a bike, that nine times out of ten, if I'm paying full attention (which I am), I can sense an idiot just by the way they are driving their vehicle. Thank you for your post. !PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING! GENERAL NOTE FOR EVERYONE READING THIS DISCUSSION AND IN NO WAY DIRECTED AT ANYONE PERSON IN PARTICULAR: Bicyclists riding with traffic are more likely than not to be (but not always) more aware of their surroundings than people in cars for the simple reason that they HAVE to pay MORE ATTENTION because their LIVES are more at RISK than a motorist. So to all you motorists out there - please, give some respect.
• Germany
26 Jun 08
Your rage sounds comprehensive even i don't know the rules either. However, I hope you usually don't get anger so easily and you never hit a woman.
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@loralee (542)
• United States
27 Jun 08
How about a man? Is it ok to hit a man? I'm sorry, I know better, and of course it isn't. In case you didn't know by my name and profile, I'm a woman. Thanks for your comment.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
Driving is so difficult because of the many people who do not know the rules of the road. I was teaching my brother's man helper to drive and he was just not getting it. At one point he started to honk at a bicyclist and I reprimanded him and told him to learn road courtesy. I am afraid he is not going to learn the right way to drive because he insists on learning his own way.
@loralee (542)
• United States
26 Jun 08
This is so sad but true. Its as if people are being pulled straight from hell and plopped down into a vehicle. For a multitude of reasons, I think much of the population is not accessing proper knowledge on how to live, let alone drive.
@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
26 Jun 08
hi there loralee yes i don't drive but i know what you mean when silly drivers don't know the rules they should not even be on the roads less accidents in Australia where i livesd it was a long rd and he did 200km per hour i still did not understand how he did not have an accident i still don't know take care
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@loralee (542)
• United States
26 Jun 08
If we aren't careful, someday silliness might rule the world. I love your avatar. Its the sweetest one I've seen here on Mylot. Thanks for posting and also take care.
• United States
26 Jun 08
Because they outnumber us other folks so much....lol. Now I have a new worry, road raging bicyclists...lol. I think I would've been worried about her swerving into me and knocking me off my bike. There are just some people who think the road belongs solely to them. Makes me wonder, why can't we all just get along?
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@loralee (542)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Lol back to you. I don't think she was psycho where I feared her running me off the road, just pissy. But I still want to make her pound sand. I guess road rage bicyclists might be on the rise with all these angry drivers fueled by high gas prices. Not too mention more people on bikes trying to save some shrinking duckets. I'm glad I made you laugh. Have a great day/evening...
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
26 Jun 08
Well maybe you should come over to the country I abide in. We have such a huge population with very badly designed and maintained roads and the traffic situation in the metroes is pathetic. You will find people crisscrossing and jumping lanes anywhere they get a chance to do so. You feel like sometimes laetting your vehicle crash into theirs. Maybe if you drive for a while in this kind of a chaotic condition you will probably be able to control you road rage better when you drive in your country.
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@loralee (542)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I do apologize for feeling so sorry for myself when I'm well aware of the fact that I have it very good here in America. The only way in which we don't have it good is having to live with the knowledge that we Americans are spoiled rotten and living with over-abundance at the expense of others lacking. Thank you for posting.
@celticeagle (119060)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jun 08
Ok. Calm down. Stupid people do stupid things! I really don't think it is that they don't know but rather THEY JUST DON'T CARE. That is the really sad part. Lack of caring about your fellow american has become a horror in this country. It is so very frustrating.
@loralee (542)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I think you might be onto something here where NOT CARING is an integral part of it. Below is a question with an answer that you may or may not have heard before and hopefully enjoy. -------------------------------------------------------- QUESTION: What is the difference between ignorance and apathy? ANSWER: I don't know and I don't care. -------------------------------------------------------- p.s. - I wonder how many people won't get it?
@mscott (1924)
• United States
26 Jun 08
My driving motto is, everyone else on the road is an idiot. I tell myself that all the time when people do stupid stuff to help prevent me from getting worked up over things I can't actually control. I wish I could say it always helps me keep my cool. I also have developed an alternative set of vocabulary words to use. I use one set when I drive alone, another when I drive with the kids in the car.
@loralee (542)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I would imagine you also have a separate set for gestures as well.
@wyomugs (247)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Well... *I* am amazed at how many idiots on BICYCLES don't know the rules of the road that THEY have to follow! You, m'dear, seem to be the exception to the bicycling rules... you KNOW the rules. In America, most people view a bicycle as a "TOY" or "Recreational Vehicle" and NOT a "mode of transportation" ... as opposed to people in Holland who view it completely opposite. So, you have KIDS riding ALL over the road, sidewalks, etc etc, running stop signs, running stop lights, weaving in/out of traffic, on the wrong side of the road, not looking where they're going or what's around them... Generally speaking, in America, bicyclists are an unpredictalbe MEANACE on the roadway. I had a dear friend from Holland visit me several years ago, and he was in total SHOCK at the behavior of the bicyclists here in America. In Holland, biking safety, rules, and LAWS are taught SERIOUSLY in all the schools. Here, if bike safety is taught in the schools at ALL, it is a ONE day thing where all the kids are really sitting there ogling at the uniformed police officer, and soon forget all that is attempted to be taught to them. Bikers are equivalent to skate-boarders and the like... a nuisance and danger for car drivers. I realize that you had "good cause" to become upset with the driver, and you were right, and the driver was wrong... but in all honesty, cyclists are more of a problem for drivers than the other way around.
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@loralee (542)
• United States
26 Jun 08
I imagine your close friend from Holland has a whole slew of things that they found shocking about America. Lets face it, we Americans sure do abuse out rights and get away with self-serving ignorant behavior. I think it's what you say about not being taught. Its too bad every American can't make it a personal obligation to know their rights and the boundaries therein before they are gradually taken away by adding laws upon laws that wouldn't be so glaringly necessary if only one respected another beyond oneself.