Sharing the road with those who clearly failed kindergarten

I love driving in the spring and summer – except downtown. Open roads are grand, highways are even better, country roads are the bomb; but city streets? I loathe them.

How can I put this nicely?

Well, I can’t.

Bikers and pedestrians: I am bigger than you, more powerful than you, I can’t stop as quickly, and you’re on my turf, so back down and pay attention.

There’s nothing I hate more than a self-righteous biker who thinks he owns the road and gets enraged when I nearly hit him when I’m the one with the right of way. Because he had to slow down before barreling head-first into the hood of my car I get flipped the bird.

Why do I get the finger and a tap on my hood when I’m the one who had the green light? Are you trying to remind me of how un-green I am? How I’m killing the environment with every touch of the pedal?

So, because you’re planet-conscious you get the right of way all the time? Really?

I promise to revisit this topic often throughout the warmer months as the bikers and brave street walkers (and no, not those street walkers) emerge from their hibernation. It’s a continuous thorn in my side.

I’m all for sharing the road with bikers, walkers and runners; but if you failed the sharing class in kindergarten, then get off the road.

Drive on,
– M.

Spring driving in Montreal

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~ by drivingmsmiranda on March 25, 2010.

5 Responses to “Sharing the road with those who clearly failed kindergarten”

  1. Fabulous! I love it! This is so you Miranda!

  2. ::rage:: I love it that people bike but I hate it when they take up the road. Most of them do it on purpose so that they can be “seen”–yes, when you’re pedaling along at 15mph in a 35 zone, I see you. When you don’t move over to let me pass despite having oodles of room where cars are not parked, I see you. When you are zooming down the sidewalk and you nearly crash into me when I’m walking, I see you. And I hate you when you complain that the bike lane isn’t “safe enough” when it’s the only thing that keeps you out of my way.

    /rage

    • Hey GreenGeekGirl,

      I could go on and on and on about bikers on the road (and it wouldn’t be very nice, either).

      Sometimes I wish I had a giant cage around my car so I could just kind of bowl them over and knock them out of the way whenever I pleased and I wouldn’t have to work about their bikes scratching the paint on my car …

      Is that mean? šŸ™‚

      Drive on,
      – M.

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