Stay in your ****ing lane then, people.
Seriously, out here there are WIDE designated bike lanes EVERYWHERE. And for some reason (don't know why) bike riders (both the casual cruisers and the spandex-adorned "serious" ones) ALWAYS ride on the white line or just outside it, leaving this huge 5-6ft. lane completely empty.
In the eight years I've been here in SoCal, I've nearly hit 3 or 4 bikers (accidentally, of course) and have had to get on the horn to countless others.
I'm like "YOU HAVE A WHOLE LANE...USE IT!"
Anyone else notice this phenomenon? I see it every single day.
Among cyclists, is it seen as uncool and reactionary to actually ride INSIDE THE LANE? I'm just asking...someone let me know, okay?
One day, back in the summer, this one asshole was - I'm not kidding - IN THE STREET, about 2 feet.
I had to swerve around him and nearly sideswipe a car to the left of me. I went up the road about 5 blocks, pulled in to a 7-11 and waited for the cyclist to arrive and I yelled motioned him over and actually asked "man, why are you out in the road and not in the lane? Did you see me almost hit that other car to avoid plowing into you?"
He looked at me like "don't question me..." (total yuppie type to begin with) and smirked and started pedaling away.
I called him an "inconsiderate cocksucker..." and wished him luck and safety (sarcastically) and he flung me the bird and we left and went our separate ways.
He's probably dead by now, if that's his usual method of riding.