tales (gripes and maybe some tips) from a Berkeley kid living in San Diego without a car.
part one in a never-ending series (assuming San Diego keeps up current pace with bicycle infrastructure and car-dominant mindset).
- CAR DRIVERS WHO DON’T USE THEIR TURN SIGNALS
gdmit is it that difficult??! I know it’s annoying even to other drivers.
USE YOUR F—IN’ TURN SIGNALS before and when you make a turn.
that way, the people behind you know if you should slow down and maybe pass you.
This morning, entering the UCSD Medical Center to the shuttle stop, the car I was behind started turning right into the loop thing WITHOUT signaling. I was on the right side of another car, didn’t have enough room to stop, so went left between the two cars, while the car that was turning was turning hella slow and I think I scraped it and one of my pedal reflectors fell off. I really don’t super remember if I scraped the car or anything, but I must have, or else my pedal reflector wouldn’t have fallen off.
*not my fault! if I scrape your car because you didn’t properly signal and you (and other drivers) not giving me enough room and you do something unexpected.
also, this patient drop-off/pick-up loop and parking lot entrance (left of here is a surface parking lot) is poorly designed. Cars going into this loop, cars going in and out of the left parking lot, trucks making deliveries, buses, cyclists, people crossing the street to get to the building entrance (no crosswalk)..
2. CAR DRIVERS WHO HONK WITHOUT GOOD REASON
Then coming back home just a little while ago, I’m on this fast arterial road that’s actually an overpass thing, so the lanes are a tiny bit narrower, and there couldn’t be bike lanes because there isn’t enough space for them. I’m cycling on the right-ish side anyway, as I should. It’s start of rush-hour, cars on the left lane, and I guess a green light went on and there started to be cars behind me, too. (I didn’t look back.) I’m cycling at a moderately fast pace, almost home.
A car behind me honks twice. Not in an obviously angry way like “BEEP BEEP BEEEEEEEP”, but also not in a super friendly way either like “beep!” But in a confusing somewhat neutral double-beep. WTF?! I didn’t look back to see what the driver’s deal was, since I’m about to turn right after this overpass anyway. But yeah, like what would you have done? I considered flipping the guy off, but then didn’t. Is this one of those people who’ve never seen a bicyclist before? One of those people who don’t think bikes have a place on the road? ???! Road-ragey but light on the honking?
*Not my fault if there’re cars on the other lane preventing you from passing me, and that the road wasn’t designed with room for a bike lane.
Yeah, so someone answer me:
If a driver honks you for no good reason, or for a bad reason (road rage, hating on cyclists, etc.), would you (bicyclist) flip him/her off? What is the appropriate response?