I went out for a short ride this afternoon, the ride starts with me rolling down down Booth st towards Annandale. Booth St has a bike lane on each side, but it also has a few industrial complexes so you have to keep an eye out for cars and trucks backing out.

So today I was rolling down the hill, at perhaps 40km/h when I saw a car starting to back out from a driveway. He very likely couldn't see me due to the parked cars, so I pulled into the lane for a few seconds. As I did that a car behind me decided to beep his horn at me, he was probably 30 metres back and going no faster than me so I hadn't slowed him down, nor endangered myself. "Yeah yeah whatever....arse" I thought to myself, not worrying too much about it.

As he passed me, I had a look, newish BMW hatch.... with two Thule BIKE RACKS!!!

WTF

Now if I start assuming wildly, I can only imagine this is a guy who drives to Centennial park to ride, or takes his MTB up to Manly Dam on the weekend, but won't ride on the road because "it's too dangerous". Then during the week, actively participates in anti-cyclist behaviour because "they slow him down".

Maybe he also screams at 5 year olds on the bike path for getting in his way.

I usually don't let this sort of impatient motorist behaviour bug me in the slightest, but when it's come from someone with a set of bike racks on the car, it's pissed me off unbelievably.

Anyway, rant over.

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Comment by Simon Sharwood on January 16, 2008 at 7:38am
Devil's advocate here: are you sure it was an angry toot, not a toot-in-solidarity or a warning toot?
Comment by DamianM on January 16, 2008 at 8:18am
Pretty sure. It felt a lot more like a "get back in the bike lane there is a CAR coming" to me. Accompanied by the cowardly "I'm not going to look at you as I pass because that would humanise the situation".
Comment by Colin on January 16, 2008 at 11:53am
It seems like being in the bike lane in that street is not good for your general visibility. Would the BMW driver have been happier if you were out in the lane right from the start?
Comment by Paul on January 16, 2008 at 12:55pm
A BMW in Annandale? It must have been stolen.
Comment by Andrew on January 16, 2008 at 9:23pm
"A BMW in Annandale" no if it was a trek it was stolen
Comment by lelak on January 19, 2008 at 7:37am
I find the solidarity toot a bad idea -- while it's well meant, it's too easily open to misinterpretation.
Comment by Adrian on January 19, 2008 at 8:56am
Me too! I went to Jazz in the Domain last weekend and I got honked by a motorist on my way out. The car then pulled up next to me at the lights.... I gave them the death stare... i.e. "whats your problem?"... then the driver started to complement me on my legs.
Comment by BikeSaint on January 19, 2008 at 5:26pm
Best strategy is always wave enthusiastically in response to any toot. If it turns out to be a friend - well and good. If not, they may be left wondering whether they know you...

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