11.11.2008

it is the same thing every day

it is the same thing every day...
yet it still pisses me off


this morning on my cross town commute I was trying to cross a busy street
the intersection where I was crossing lacks a stop sign or a stop light so I waited for a space where there was a break in traffic

knowing that there would never be a gap where traffic was clear from both directions
I moved half way across the block in the crosswalk when left was clear
on my bicycle I waited for a sizable gap between oncoming car traffic to my right

whush.... whush... whush
the cars buzzed past never changing pace
never considering the variables around them

when there was reasonable gap in traffic coming from my right I proceeded forward

the traffic headed my way did not change pace
the lead car was coming unnecessarily fast

so I altered pace
rather than leap out of the way rising having my rear tire clipped I slowed and stopped
my slowing and stopping is a mixture of messages

first and foremost I do not want to get hit... I want the car to slow and/or stop to make sure that I am fully clear of the point of intersection
and in this case... I wanted the driver to realize my right of way and their failure to respect that right
this car (as all cars should) should alter its
pace and yield to traffic in the cross walk
be that traffic on foot or on bicycle

when this little red Mini Cooper finally stopped at the white line before the cross walk the driver made a face and gestured for me to clear the space
not sure if she was hearing impaired I communicated with sign language as well

I motioned a set of gestures... none of which were profane
-I motioned to the crosswalk where I stood
-I made the "I am talking on the phone" motion then pointed to her and the cell phone still pressed to her ear
-then I gave her the gang symbol that is also the Speed Limit... TWO-FIVE... the Speed Limit is 25MPH!

at first she responded by hiding the phone... perhaps thinking that this large man on the bicycle is in face a DC Metropolitan Police Officer
as if hiding the phone would reverse the fact that she had been talking on the phone while speeding down the road
then she got back into the non-verbal game
there were faces and gestures that I am not sure if I could decipher

I repeated my set of symbols then finished crossing the street never knowing if she had any concept of what I was trying to convey
as this pretty little blond bitch in her hip little car pulled away she rolled down the window and slowed and stopped and then shouted at me... "I hope next time you get hit!"
which is not so nice... since she is the one who decides whether or not I get hit

there was no time for me to shout back anything clever so I fell back on my default... I called her a name which describes a part of her female anatomy which represents her as a whole... not a nice thing to say to anyone


what I really wanted to say... "I hope that your ovaries dry up and leave you barren so that you may never spawn..."
but of course she was gone and more over... I do not mean that
just as I really hope that she did not mean what she said


what is wrong with people?

yes... a classic case of ACTION AND OVER REACTION!
my over reaction was a response to her already inappropriate set of actions
had she given me my rights and some basic respect we would have never had to encounter the other
when I tried to have her witness her wrong doings... she lashed out at me
I am certain she got to work and shared her story with her car driving friends
and they all agreed... the bicyclist has no rights to the road
the roads are for cars... certainly not the low life types who travel by bicycle

again...
I am thinking that I need to design a set of business cards stating a few things
who I am....

I AM A HUSBAND, A FATHER, AN EMPLOYEE
I AM SOMEONE'S FRIEND
I AM A DOG's OWNER
I AM A PERSON JUST LIKE YOU
YES... A HUMAN BEING

then on the other side I could list a few laws and some logic that is really common sense....

THE SPEED LIMIT SETS THE MAXIMUM SPEED A CAR, TRUCK, OR MOTORCYCLE SHOULD BE TRAVELING ON A GIVEN ROAD
THE SPEED A VEHICLE SHOULD BE TRAVELING WHEN PASSING A PEDESTRIAN OR CYCLIST SHOULD BE BELOW THAT SET SPEED LIMIT

SLOW AND GRANT THE RIGHT OF WAY TO PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS
and so on and so on

2 comments:

Deb said...

I'm too lazy to find the link at the moment, but washcycle posted something yesterday about the 3ft rule. You have until tomorrow (wednesday) to email the dc council to show support. Sort of related to what you were experiencing, I guess.

gwadzilla said...

well...

this is more of a yield to pedestrians
be aware of activity on the sidewalks as you drive down the street sort of way

but thanks for sharing this information

good information

like a fool I thought it was the law!