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Easter Sunday, and last week’s commuting in review

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Last week was a low-mileage week for me — I only rode slightly over 50 miles. The flipside of this is that it feels pretty good to ride 50 miles in a week and have that be a low-mileage week (in each of the previous two weeks, I rode over 85 miles). I also only did one non-commute ride last week. On the other hand, last week was the first one where I commuted by bicycle all five days.

Branches
A shot from a beautiful commute early last week.

I would have ridden a lot more overall, but it got pretty cold partway through the week. I thought about driving to work a couple of days, but hell … my bike works in the cold, why shouldn’t I ride?

Snow in April
Riding in snow later in the week.

I didn’t do any rides other than commutes after Monday, but I did ride yesterday (Easter Sunday). For some reason, this Easter seemed to bring the assholes out in droves. There weren’t a lot of cars on the road, but most of the ones I did encounter were complete jerks. The worst one was early in the ride. I was approaching an intersection, and was riding in the bike lane, but I got over in the middle of the main lane to make it clear I was going straight and prevent anyone from hitting me by turning through the bike lane. Some jerk passed me, leaning on his horn and cutting me off at the intersection.

I normally try to take the high road in situations like this, but unfortunately, I lost my temper and flipped the guy off. Then, I rode up next to his car, hoping he’d roll down the window so I could explain that just because there’s a bike lane, that doesn’t mean that’s the only places bikes can or should ride. He didn’t roll down his window and instead peeled out, leaving me behind. I can’t say I blame him for that, I was pretty pissed and he probably felt intimidated — but if a 200+ pound guy on a bike is intimidating, he should think about how I feel getting cut off by a guy in a 2000+ pound car.

I had a pretty good ride, but after that incident, I felt a little apprehensive — and he wasn’t the only motorist I had a problem with, either. A lot of people were cutting it way too close passing me, there were more rednecks yelling out the window at me, etc. What is it about Easter that turns people into assholes? Did anyone else notice particularly aggressive drivers on Easter? I can’t blame it on eggnog, is there some Easter equivalent I don’t know about?

To end on a positive note, check out this sign I noticed above the door in the storage room:

No dancing?
No dancing?

UPDATE: Sarah found a flickr group dedicated to signs like this called “Stick Figures in Peril” — I added this photo to the group.

3 Responses to “Easter Sunday, and last week’s commuting in review”

  1. John Says:

    So often I read about bike friends having problems with motor vehicles. It happens to me so infrequently that….. well it just doesn’t happen. However, I have been asked by quite a few people if I am a cop. You think that has anything to do with how polite drivers are to me?

  2. furiousball Says:

    I always obey the no-humping the bookcases sign when people are looking

  3. Marty Says:

    That’s pretty funny – and that group is amusing to look at. There’s a similar one for easily misunderstood signs that’s worth a look.

    Sorry to hear about your meeting with the Easter Meanie. I’m not sure why people get that way.

    Take 2: That’s odd… I tried to comment, but the captcha keeps disappearing.

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