Cycling in Sydney Australia
I was riding along rocky point road this morning after 11am, minding my own business, traveling north on the inside lane. Today I had two beeps from motorists. I'm not sure what they're trying to achieve, but I tell you, it scares the hell out of me when I hear a beep come from nowhere for apparently no reason.
The first beep happened down at the pool at sans souci. A white four wheel drive just beeped me, apparently to tell me it was going to pull in front of me to turn left - about 200 metres up the road. Thank you. I appreciated greatly the jumping out of my saddle, handlebar shakes and death wobbles, just so that you let me know that you were turning left 3 minutes up ahead.
I yelled out my first "F*ck off" of the day. It's apparent that my cycle rage is starting to become a problem as I had seriously considered following this dufus around the corner to blow my whistle in his ear when he came to a halt eventually...if of course, I'd be able to catch him. Hmm. Thought better of that...
So, I kept on my merry way up to Ramsgate (aided by a beautiful tail wind I might add --- ahhh, what a joy), where I was unceremoniously beeped again, by an elderly couple in a white toyata sedan or some such little car. This time, they pulled up ahead of me at the ramsgate shopping centre, so fueled by my unavenged earlier beeping/bleeping I decided to find out why they'd beeped me.
OK, so perhaps I was a tad angry. Hell! It scares me out of my skin to hear a car beep me for no reason. I'd understand if I was a reckless rider, weaving in and out of traffic, but I don't. I always stay on the straight and narrow, using hand signals when I can and blah blah blah. Anyway, I pulled up in front of the car and yelled "Why on earth* did you beep me?". The response was "because we thought you were going to come into our lane". Ummm, ok. Why on earth would I come into your lane when there was a perfectly good free lane ahead of me? Are you completely insane? Sigh. I said something, or rather, *yelled* something to this effect and rode off feeling guilty for yelling at an old lady (she would have been mid 60s), but for heaven's sake, any more of these random undeserved beepings and I may just drop dead of a heart attack on the spot!
I really need to get one of those airhorns.
*this may have been the "f" word.