the strangest things people in a car said to you?

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Mick
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rsprake –

Was all this shouted or spoken?

It sounds like you turned something that could easily have been a road rage shouting match into a dialog. That is an excellent thing!

Mick


rsprake
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It was loud, but not entirely angry or an argument. When you’re at a light you only have so much time to talk so you tend to rush a little bit.

I think it’s the same guy my co-worker has had two run ins with. The second time he called the cops with his license plate. The guy is just a jackass in a light colored Lexus SUV.

Erok, that’s what cracked me up about this guy. He was the one causing the danger, I was in the left lane towards the side, but in his way so he couldn’t squeeze by.

Another dig I had was one he said “what if cars drove slowly and got in the way on a highway?” I replied with “Bikes aren’t allowed on highways and have you been on 376 lately?” I cracked myself up over that one.


greenbike
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Niiiiiicce. :D


erok
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what if cars drove slowly and got in the way

ha. forbes ave. 4:30pm. cars at a standstill, bikes go thru


rsprake
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Exactly. No logic.


Lyle
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Nope, never been honked at on Liberty by a guy in a Lexus.

On a different note, erok, where can I find plans for this “diet” ?

On a related note, I make it a point to converse with the cagers whenever I can, if they have their windows down, or are in a convertible. Usually I just ask for the time. That requires them to acknowledge my presence and treat me as a peer. If there’s not time, then a comment about the weather is better than nothing.


erok
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lyle, the city has them.

in a nutshell:

the lanes will be connected to the sharrows. uphill: across the bridge intersection right lane for bikes, buses, right turn only with sharrows

downhill: right lane bikes only. there is a right turn ramp.

the idea is to prevent aggro drivers from cutting ahead, and out of towners from getting confused.


ieverhart
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I remember the blog post from a while back about the sharrows disappearing on Liberty Avenue; is there any progress on getting those re-painted? (It’s entirely possible it was discussed here and I just missed it.)


rsprake
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That sounds about right. What about the parking spaces downhill in front of the medical clinic just through the intersection? Can anything be done to remove those spots or push them down the street a little bit?


erok
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they are supposed to be repainted. don’t know when


dwillen
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After completely stopping at a 4-way stop this morning, proceeding through (causing the main flow of traffic to slow their “slow and roll”) I had some guy getting into his pickup on the other side of the street yell at me, “that there is a stop sign!”. Odd thing was, he was illegally parked in a no parking zone, on the wrong side of the street (facing against traffic). If he wasn’t older than the hills I would have guessed he was just being ironic.


sarah_q
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Riding in Oakland yesterday someone told me to get on the bike path. I was like, wtf, what bike path? The world famous Forbes Ave bike path?


Mick
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Sarah, that is traditionally the worry some bicyclists have about the existence of bike paths – the idea that drivers will act as though bikes are legally limited to those bike paths.

Mick


reddan
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I understand that the bike-path attitude exists, but telling a cyclist on Forbes that they should be on the bike path makes about as much sense as telling someone in a car on Second Avenue that they should get on the Parkway.


conneeps
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I had someone in Morningside yell out their window asking me (in a sarcastic tone) if I thought I was ‘Neil’ Armstrong.


sloaps
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I had someone in Morningside yell out their window asking me (in a sarcastic tone) if I thought I was ‘Neil’ Armstrong.

the guy who filmed the lunar landing with Buzz Lightyear on a sound stage in Burbank, CA?


mark
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“i still don’t know how yall get those things out here” i think referring to me riding in the middle of no where braddock hills, i just replied with “its fun” not know ing what he was talking about


Mick
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Neil Armstrong – first bicyclist on the moon?


erok
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when i was younger, i cut a fresh mohawk and was riding without a shirt in the buslane on fifth ave in oakland. a woman stuck in traffic in an air conditioned car mouthed “I Love You.” At least that’s what i thought (or hoped). she probably said something like “I’ll kill you,” or “Elephant Shoe.” regardless, it made me feel good.


Rev Dom Slu
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Speaking of the Pedal Pale Ale, I recall when we were passing through the Highland/Centre Ave intersection, when a passerby (might even have been on a bike) commented:

“Too many bikes…must be some kind of movement”

It was pretty funny at the time, especially because we were a movement to probably the last thing he suspected, delicious beer!


djrbikes
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Ken Zvirman of Jo-mar Provisions threatened to kill me with his gun.


Lyle
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Alas, that’s not all that strange. I think “Elephant Shoe” wins. That’s definitely the strangest thing I can imagine. Spats, sure, but shoes? Madness.


robjdlc
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So, I turn off Penn onto Peebles, minding my own business.

Bald white dude in little red car: “Get a life!”

I couldn’t think of what to say back because of how little sense what he said made.


erok
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cleary he was a fan of the tv show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-7pgeD__qU


Willie
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yesterday on my way to work I got beeped and something yelled at me. I’m not even sure what was said so I dont know if it was good or bad.


Lyle
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This morning on my way to work I was following a tractor trailer down 5th avenue. We stopped at a light by Robert Morris, and he was in the through lane. Of course, I was behind him, not trying to filter past. You know how habits just get ingrained, and you don’t usually stop to think about why you do certain things? That’s how I am about lane positioning. But for some reason, this morning, I was reflecting on why I was where I was and I suddenly realized “Damn! I wonder if he knows I’m not squeezed up next to him.” So I backed up, backed up, backed up, until I could see his mirror, and I waved. Sure enough, his right turn signal came on. He had been trying to find me so he wouldn’t crush me when he changed to the right lane, up ahead. Pretty cool.

At the next intersection, I pulled up next to him, waved, and said “Thanks for looking!” He rolled down his window to ask for directions, and I probably saved him ten minutes of dinking around, assuming he didn’t get headed the wrong way down Liberty and have to double back.

So, one for the “positive interaction” file. And something to think about: if I had been tempted to filter forward on the right next to a truck whose driver was not so attentive and careful…


Willie
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Well I found out folks on bikes are not the only ones to get stupid things yelled at them. I was fishing the other day way up the north side trail just past the 31st street bridge. Some of the rowing teams were out practicing. As a few boats floated past me a huge motorboat with a bunch of rich looking douch bags on it comes ripping by full speed and they yell to the crews. “stroke, stroke, stroke”. I wonder if they get that alot.


Nick D
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Tonight I got “Nice flashlight, fagot!”. At the red light, I said “It’s pretty easy to yell at someone when you can drive away in a car, huh?” They sat scared at the light until it turned green, and they finished “I’ll f*cking kill you, Asian!”

I’ve got every Asian slur, but never just “Asian”. I am impressed with how creative people have become these days.


robjdlc
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Willie: As someone who moved here a year ago from the southern shores of new jersey, that is pretty popular. Dumb, but popular.


HiddenVariable
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I’ve got every Asian slur, but never just “Asian”. I am impressed with how creative people have become these days.

i feel like this must be what passes for asian-based ethnic slurs in cities that contain universities like cmu, or, say, berkeley. those folks are educated! they’d never call a [ethnic slur for korean] a [ethnic slur for chinese]!

that’s pretty funny, though. never heard that before.


rsprake
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Hysterical! Can’t say I have ever heard, “get off the road caucasian!”


Nick D
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Hysterical! Can’t say I have ever heard, “get off the road caucasian!”

I think that is my new come back.


Lyle
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I suppose I’m fortunate in that the worst ethnic slur I’ve ever been subject to is “got any money, white boy?”. And that was from a sidewalk, not a car, so doesn’t really count.

I don’t think I’ve ever even been called “Yankee” except in a gently matter-of-fact way.


ieverhart
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Riding a pedicab on the South Side (with passengers, even) a few weeks back I got “You’re not in China!” twice in the same night.

I guess I can’t disagree.


erok
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yes, you are right sir. we are not in china.


StuInMcCandless
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Some people have an eye for the blatantly obvious.


netviln
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I had a good one today. We were coming home from downtown by way of the Eliza Furnace Trail. We happened to have out front blinkies on when a woman, who was stopped in traffic on the Parkway in the lane above us leaned all the way out of our window, and with a very scornful look proclaimed “Those lights are going to give somebody a seizure!!”.


Nick D
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Better be careful, she might shoot you in the head.


raphael
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Couldn’t understand what the guy said in his minivan as I passed him, but all I know is that he threw a handful of change at me. I didn’t know whether to feel angry or complimented…


88MS88
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‘Lance!’ more times than I can count.

‘Get off the road!’ not as many.

But the best was on my way to work and this guy was trying to pass another car (in an active school zone) by using the turning lane (that I was occupying). Thwarting him was cause for my receiving the one fingered salute. Now usually I don’t react to such childishness but this guy caught me before my morning coffee and I responded in kind. Wrong move! He turns around and proceeds to chase me down streets and through parking lots screaming out his window the whole time that he’s gonna ‘kick my ass!’ with such glee in his voice that it totally trips me out. We come to a flight of stairs leading down to another parking lot and I hike-a-bike down. He gets out of his minivan, takes a look at the stairs (it’s winter and he’s a fatty) and decides that he’s lost the advantage since he’s now on foot and I’m no longer riding away but am waiting for him at the bottom. (Bullies hate an equal fight). So he takes a moment to think of a parting shot, and comes up with…wait for it…’honky’ (I’m white, he’s black). What is this? the seventies? LOL!

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