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How (not) to share the road

By Publicserpent - 16 August 2013 70

If the middle-aged brunette driver of the Nissan X-Trail (YDY 34C) that felt the need to blast their horn at me – while traveling through the roundabout between McCaughey and Masson Streets – would like to explain what point you were trying to make, I’d be much obliged.

Another shining example of tolerance on Canberra’s roads!

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How (not) to share the road
OLydia 6:30 pm 16 Aug 13

justin heywood said :

She may have honked because you failed to indicate on exiting the roundabout (what? you didn’t raise your left arm?)
She may have honked as a courtesy to let you know she was overtaking
She may have honked because she is entitled, impatient and rude

As we will probably never know, lets assume she was honking to let you know she nearby. In many other countries that’s the norm when a car is approaching a cyclist. Its similar to the requirement that a cyclist rings their bell when approaching pedestrians. It’s not to tell to tell them “get out of my way” but “careful, I’m coming up behind you”.

Pork Hunt 6:07 pm 16 Aug 13

c_c™ said :

Given that she feels that to navigate urban streets with her 2.4 kids and skinny soy latte requires an off road vehicle, I wouldn’t read anything more into her action than she’s an arrogant road hog.

Unfortunately there’s still a perception of road being the exclusive domain of cars. Driver wouldn’t last two minutes in Europe.

A Nissan N Trail is hardly an off road vehicle.

c_c™ 5:57 pm 16 Aug 13

Given that she feels that to navigate urban streets with her 2.4 kids and skinny soy latte requires an off road vehicle, I wouldn’t read anything more into her action than she’s an arrogant road hog.

Unfortunately there’s still a perception of road being the exclusive domain of cars. Driver wouldn’t last two minutes in Europe.

CraigT 5:41 pm 16 Aug 13

Hang on – a cyclist, complaining about road sharing????

What a hoot.

Personally, I often honk at cyclists. They inconvenience me, clogging up the road with their childish hobby, they can put up with some noise.

tim_c 5:01 pm 16 Aug 13

circusmonkey said :

As we learned earlier this week, a roundabout is the same as an overtaking lane.
Because you straight-lined the roundabout, you prevented the driver from getting past you at that point – thus adding 5 seconds to their journey.

That would be my guess too. I’d be surprised it if really cost her as much as 5 seconds though – more like 0.5 seconds.

Holden Caulfield 4:37 pm 16 Aug 13

Storm meet teacup.

Aeek 4:28 pm 16 Aug 13

justin heywood said :

She may have honked because you failed to indicate on exiting the roundabout (what? you didn’t raise your left arm?)

Not required for cyclists because “the driver’s vehicle is not fitted with direction indicator
lights”. Its in the Road Rules under Part 9 Roundabouts.

davecdp 4:24 pm 16 Aug 13

Bring on the usual bike vs car argument. I ride my bike sometimes and drive my car the rest of the time. I see the benefits of each option, but when i ride my bike i prefer to use as many of the paths as possible to stay off the road. Both cars and bikes have the right to be on the road but if they ever come together it doesn’t matter who was in the right or who is the better road user the bike will always have the higher risk of injury. Why risk your life to prove your point?

bundah 4:10 pm 16 Aug 13

Never argue with a middle aged brunette, they’re always right…

schmeah 4:07 pm 16 Aug 13

She honked because, being a suburban 4WD owner she was in an awful rush to pick up some milk. How dare you!

circusmonkey 4:04 pm 16 Aug 13

As we learned earlier this week, a roundabout is the same as an overtaking lane.
Because you straight-lined the roundabout, you prevented the driver from getting past you at that point – thus adding 5 seconds to their journey.

Aeek 3:59 pm 16 Aug 13

She was confused by your going through the roundabout faster than she was and thus not holding her up at all ?

justin heywood 3:55 pm 16 Aug 13

She may have honked because you failed to indicate on exiting the roundabout (what? you didn’t raise your left arm?)
She may have honked as a courtesy to let you know she was overtaking
She may have honked because she is entitled, impatient and rude

davo101 3:32 pm 16 Aug 13

OK children repeat after me: out of my way I’m a motorist.

DrKoresh 3:26 pm 16 Aug 13

The only reasonable course of action is, obviously, to track her down and kill her.

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