[no cyclists were harmed or even invoked in the development of this article]
so, what do rioters think? i am approaching among other traffic at or just under the posted speed limit, on a major arterial road in the nearside (left) lane, a major thoroughfare (let’s call it ‘northbourne avenue’) when about two-three hundred metres ahead the lights go red – so i know i’m going to have to stop, and likely for a little while.
instinctively, i ease off the accelerator and coast up towards the red light. bloke in a 4wd (always seems to be a bloke – young-ish usually, too) behind me continues at his speed until he is right up my clacker (ie, dangerously tailgating) and, as we’re about there pops on his left indicator as it transpires he is wanting to use the slip lane and turn left at his [safe] will…
as i pull far enough ahead and almost stop at said red traffic signal he zooms underneath me, sounds the horn fitted to his vehicle, glares grimly at me while flipping a bird; as if i should have known he wanted to get ahead of me and i was delaying him for some important fire or something… the hide of me.
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similar scenario has played out a few times the past week or so; i’m not crawling at three k’s an hour, but fu***ed if i’m going to keep accelerating, using more of my fuel and then use more of my brake pads simply to facilitate his progress past me. especially when he didn’t give me notice of his intent [it’s called an ‘indicator, goose. you might find its control on the steering column].
what should i have done? (for the record, i smiled at him – think it pissed him off more…) am i at any fault? is this flagrant display of discourtesy more prevalent of late or am i having a bad run?