Can't You At Least Look Like You Care?
A woman in a small convertible (top down, it was a nice day) was coming the other direction and turning left, and cut me off. She could have just stopped and let me through (as the law requires). Instead, she tried to maneuver through, forcing me to stop in the middle of the intersection.
Ok, inattentive drivers happen, and near misses aren't that uncommon. But this woman saw me. She looked positively bored, like this kind of thing happens all the time, and it was so inconvenient. This woman is definitely not going to learn from her mistake.
On the infinitesimal chance that the driver reads this, here is your lesson:
- You are in Boulder. People on bikes are out there. Get used to us.
- We have the same rights as cars. Yield to us when you're turning. (Pretend the bike is an SUV.)
- Normally, I might worry about going through someone's windshield in an incident like this. But with your top down, I would've ended up in your lap. How would you have explained that to your boyfriend?
- How about you ride the bike next time and let me drive and see what the experience is like from the other side.
Ride of Silence