Originally Posted By MikefromTX:
Bicycle riders are oddly militant when it comes to drivers, as expressed by the OP when he proudly proclaimed he keyed a car who got too close.
My bottom line to the bicycle nazis is this: The roads are intended for MOTORIZED VEHICLES that can safely keep up with surrounding traffic. You and your bicycle are slow speed bumps that impede the flow of traffic, and your snotty "It's our road, too" attitude gets you nowhere but a trip to the morgue.
It's a practical matter - people piloting 2 tons of steel at 40 mph must have the right-of-way, for YOUR safety and theirs. If a driver runs over you and kills you it will cause the driver some sadness, but in the end it was your foolish act of putting yourself in danger that caused your demise.
You can be stubborn, flip off drivers, and put cute little bumper stickers on your cars and bikes, but you KNOW you are acting like an idiot by tootling along defiantly at 15 mph while traffic rolls past at 35, trying to dodge your silly ass (yes, your silly ass, for playing in traffic). What it boils down to is that in most cities there is no place for bicycles on the roads, except for roads with marked bike lanes. Little 2-lane windey roads with no shoulders and regular vehicular traffic might be scenic, but they are death traps for you, so cut it out.
Not too close, the driver pushed my wife off the road and was trying to push me off the road.