Whether you like it or not, bicyclistsare viewed with great derision by auto drivers. Just today I had one going 10 or 11 MPH in the MIDDLE of the MIDDLE lane on a 3 lane, 40 MPH boulevard.
Cars had to veer off into the other lanes to go around him (very dangerous).
Just like that cyclist (California?) who got hurt when the vehicle he (the cyclist) was harassing hit the brakes. By all known driving laws when a vehicle hits the back of another vehicle THEN VEHICLE #2 was following too closely! I can’t believe they successfully prosecuted the auto driver.
Bottom line: unless and until you get the rest of your cyclist buddies to not be self-important douchbags (I assume you are not one of those), you won’t get much sympathy.
In the case of what you are describing (someone riding a bicycle in 40 mph road), using the horn might be good to let people know that the person might be doing something dangerous.
In my case I was riding in the bicycle lane (I actually to the outside of it away from traffic).
When there is no bicycle lane on a busy, high speed street, I will ride on the sidewalk.
I ride on the sidewalk in such cases in this area. I have seen people riding 5 to 10 mph on 45 to 50 mph roads around Lafayette, LA.
Yeah ditto I will watch (and do watch) for bicyclists. But there seems, in some quarters, to be an “I'm better than you cause I don't pollute” attitude in the girdle wearing bike community. And these folks think it is ok to take up the middle of a lane in there 10mph machines. Move over and let cars pass. I will make sure I don't cut you off at an intersection but don't drive down the middle of a lane at snail pace speed and expect me not to honk.
HIs case wasn't helped when he told the first responding police officer that he cut in front of them and slammed on his brakes "to teach them a lesson."
Just like that cyclist (California?) who got hurt when the vehicle he (the cyclist) was harassing hit the brakes. By all known driving laws when a vehicle hits the back of another vehicle THEN VEHICLE #2 was following too closely! I cant believe they successfully prosecuted the auto driver.
That is unfortunate that they prosecuted the car driver.
They should cite bicyclists (cyclists) for tailgating cars (cyclists who draft off cars).
The movie Breaking Away shows a scene with the cyclist tailgating a truck. He is drafting off thea tractor trailer truck as it gets up 60 mph. A very bad example, but then Hollywood sets the standard for bad examples these days.