It's this sort of threatening behaviour that grinds my gears the most and I know it's a futile anger as the people who display this sort of behaviour could care less.
I'm pretty new to road cycling, I've commuted on and off for years but have been fortunate to live near shared paths so I don't have to spend too much time on the road.
I bought a drop bar roadie right before Xmas and have been out and about most weekends with a friend who have been very good to stick with me and help me gain my confidence. So far so good, no real run ins as such but we do get honked at least once every time we are out. One charmer politely (not really) informed us that we shouldn't be riding two abreast (well, actually, oh, why bother) and when we do a Mt Dandenong ride I always dread the sprint back home via Burwood Hway and am relieved when we hit our turn off at High Street Road. Every time, without exception we get honked and/or yelled at, generally as we approach the Ferntree gully Rd turn off, obviously on a Sunday morning we are holding up all those busy and important people who simply cannot wait an extra 20 seconds to make their left turn. Last time we also had some random abuse hurled at us from a car two lanes over
Now all this is fine, sticks and stones and all that, but in the back of my mind there is always that little worry that some f%$cker will find it amusing to have a little swerve. FFS why can't they get it in their heads that a licence in a privilege, not a right and that it is moronic in the least to use their vehicle as a weapon, can they not appreciate the potential repercussions, that my mate and I are someone’s partner, brother, sister and friend?? Don't answer that, it is a rhetorical question.
PATIENCE motorists, just have some god damned patience!
Ok, getting a little ranty, a friend of mine is in the Alfred after being knocked off her bike two days ago, a stupid accident caused by someone turning off a side street who did not have the patience to wait for the bicycle to pass them by.
I think it would be a good start to include the rights of cyclist on the road as part of the Learners and Probationary licence written tests. For example
Are bicycles allowed to travel on the road?
Are bicycles allowed to travel two abreast?
I am not being facetious, there is no education at all to the rights of cyclists on the road, people assume in their ignorance that we are in the wrong and treat us accordingly, or maybe I am giving too much credit there, some motorists are just ar$eholes and no amount of education will make a blind bit of difference.
PS - my mate and I have a policy of never mouthing back at people who go off at us, no point making things worse and feeding their ignorance, we just think of people who honk at us as d!ckheads we haven't me yet.