You’ve seen this, right? “That cyclist FORCED ME TO SWERVE and nearly caused me to crash!”
I normally don’t pay that much attention to scofflaw motorists, but this guy does have a bike rack on his car, and after the third time of catching him at an intersection in spite of his hurried driving, I figure he’s fair game for incessant mockery. Since so many people seem to disbelieve the fundamental truth that people in cars often drive like idiots, I present…
Who: Me on a bike, dude in a blue Toyota Corolla California plates 5PCE708, and an unseen driver in a minivan.
When: Wednesday afternoon while finishing up a lovely ride through the redwood trees of the Santa Cruz Mountains down Empire Grade.
Where: Southbound High Street next to the UC Santa Cruz campus. 25 MPH speed limit, 85 percentile speed is probably closer to 35 MPH. I’m traveling 35 MPH in the lane to avoid the street parking “door zone.”
That’s when the driver of the Corolla decided to pass me. Cheers to him (and it was indeed a dude) for giving me adequate room. Jeers to him for forcing the minivan in the opposing lane to veer out of his way.
Here’s how it went down.
In this capture from my handlebar mounted GoPro Hero2, the Corolla straddles the two lanes of High Street. The minivan just begins to swerve into the shoulder to avoid a head on collision.
Here’s the Corolla, the minivan, and me sharing approximately the same space.
Dear 5PCE708: Learn how to drive before you kill somebody. Will I see a letter from you in the paper claiming I forced you to swerve into the opposing lane?
This video shows that I catch the impatient driver at the very next intersection, and the one after that, and then the one after that, too. People claim bikes hold up traffic, but the reason the driver of the Corolla had to stop at those intersections was because of other cars, not because of any bikes in front of him.