I think the driving test should have a section where you have to ride a bicycle down busy roads just so you have an appreciation of how dangerous and scary it is even without people trying to kill you deliberately.
Amen to that and as Princess said "With clip in pedals! That'll teach 'em."
maxwell IMHO your .02 is worth a million bucks a letter! I couldn't have said it better myself and it's worth repeating:
Well I'll add my two cents.
I ride my bicycle often. I don't own a car though I rent occasionally. I don't consider my bicycle riding a sport. It's fun to ride, but I am no athlete and my bicycle is mostly a tool to get from point A to B.
I agree that bicyclists and car drivers should follow the laws and share the road, whether it is a two, four or six lane road. I don't agree that we need any extra laws on the books, beyond riding as far to th right as safely possible. The same laws covering all slow vehicles (tractors, etc.) should apply. Unfortunately, I have to admit that I often see fellow cyclists breaking the law, especially running red lights and stop signs. Car drivers routinely break other laws such as the speed limit, but that is usually of little consequence and most are predictable. I follow the law, but it seems that most cyclists don't. However, when a cyclists makes a mistake at the wrong time, they could pay for it immediately with their life. If a car driver makes a mistake with a cyclist, the car driver may not be harmed at all. The car driver is merely inconvenienced. I am more concerned about life than convenience. Bicycle riders have to take the physics of the situation into consideration and car drivers should too. At least car drivers are supposedly held to a higher standard before being given the privilege of driving machines which could easily be used to kill someone.
However, I have little sympathy for people who are irritated because they have to wait 4-5 seconds to get around a cyclist. I usually ride as far to the right side of the road as safely possible. But if its a two lane road and the right lane is too small for a car and me, I am not going to cower over to the side and encourage dangerous behavior (in other words, it wouldn't be safe; when I rider further out people are less likely to try to pass with unsafe margins). So far, no one totally incompetent or homocidal has come up behind me in that situation. There are always slower vehicles on the road, pedestrians in crosswalks and traffic. Given that small number of cyclists out there, very little of any delay is caused by cyclists. Try out the interstates in any city at rush hour. I guarantee you a bicycle/pedestrian-delay free ride for the time that you are on the interstate. Convenient motorized vehicle only driving. Nothing against the interstates. I use them when I occasionally rent a car, but not at rush hour if I can help it.
I have a license plate frame that says "Share the road" and a bumper sticker that says;
BADD= Bicyclist Against Dumb Drivers
Where I live the roads absolutely suck, they are full of pot holes, crappy pavement and most of them are narrow, no shoulder and drop off into a ditch at that plus lots of blind curves, very, very few wide nicely paved roads with bike lanes. When I'm driving in my car I will stop and hold up the traffic behind me to keep a cyclist safe, it pisses most people off but I also hope that I am showing by my example how to be a respectful driver. At the most it might put you 45 seconds behind schedule......get a grip!
Back to the topic of this thread I do agree the cyclist was in the wrong, his actions were just stupid, however you cannot judge all cyclist by the actions of a few.
What really irked me most was Lo-ru-hamah's reaction to him:
So, in a blind rage I start to turn the car around to actually run him over this time for real and intentionally, when all of a sudden a car pulls onto the same road and runs the guy over. His bicycle is completely bent up and he gets up still yelling at me. He said it was my f***ing fault that this happened. He didn't even get mad at the guy who hit him. He was too busy yelling at me still.
I was sorry, I didn't see him but he broke the law. I had my blinker on and I was in the far left lane. When he got hit the by the other car he wasn't even watching me anymore. The stupid Lance Armstrong wanna be might want to learn how to ride a bicycle. It took a bit to calm down but afterwards I was able to have a good laugh about how karma works.
That is pure hateful and appalling! I can honestly say I really can't wrap my head around anyone who can laugh at another person's misery, regardless of how it happened. But that's just me? Gawd I hope not!
Maybe it's time for this roadie to trade my bike in for an all terrain clunker and stay off the road and on trails, sucks! It's hard to train for a 100 mile road event riding trails.