There is tons of writing on the web from bicycle riders who feel wronged by car drivers while on the various roads in cities. While this may be a real situation – I have been on my mountain bike while a car had driven by with a passenger or the driver screaming for me to get off the road or at the least making gestures of various kinds …
Today, though I saw the opposite – while driving on one of the busy roads in Austin, a road bicycle rider decided to do a stupid thing. The road I am talking about is a divided one (with a grassy median) and posted speed of 60miles per hour. The road is busy and especially so at its various exits to street in the city. On one of those exits, the rider I am talking about here stayed on the shoulder of the road for a long enough time to make me (and I think other drivers) think that he will be taking the exit. Furthermore the exit was to a street which is also frequented by bicycle riders – I know – I ride there as well.
Then in the last minute without any signal he decided to swerve and dash for the main road – i.e. cross the exit lanes to get back on the main highway. Fine, he wanted to be on the main highway and fine, he stayed too long on the exit lane, bud DUDE, signal!!! That is one of the reasons you have arms and hands. You would expect a car driver to signal that he/she is changing his mind and changing lanes… So should a bicycle – especially on a busy road!
But then again, may be he is one of the drivers who does the same maneuver in his car as well without signaling driving others to react with urgency….
Oh, well, hopefully not to many do this stupid action so all of us – bike riders and car drivers are safe on the road!