So, as is my occasional wont, I am riding up Awaba St again, mid-morning... well, it's around 11am. Lovely cool summer's day, very little traffic, not feeling too much pain from the climb.

Nearing the top, I enter the single-lane roundabout, positioning myself in the middle of the lane to be visible and to avoid any traffic squeezing me into the kerb. Suddenly, I am aware of a fast-approaching car behind and a horn blaring. I stop pedalling and turn my head to see what is the emergency situation. The driver of the car behind me (ANO 61R, a silver-grey Toyota or similar Jap sh!tbox), is going apopleptic, waving both arms about and yelling at me to “get over”. By this time I am half-way across the roundabout, so I continue straight and into the kerbside lane opposite.

Car comes past in the other lane with the driver shouting through the open window that I am a “dopey c***”. I ignore this and watch him drive up to the red light 50m or so ahead, still wondering what the hurry was. Nearby pedestrians are also bemused. “What was that @rsehole's problem” one asks me. I shrug.

Before I can reach the lights they go green and the car disappears into the traffic jam on Spit Rd. I ride down to the Spit Bridge and wait to use the pedestrian crossing at the bottom to cross to Parriwi Rd for the climb back. In the several minutes I have to wait for the lights to change I watch the traffic crawl towards the bridge at about 20km/h before merging from three lanes to two.

One of the last cars to go through the lights before they change for me is, yes, you guessed it, ANO 61R. I call through the still-open passenger window: “Gee, I must have really been slowing you down.” Bullseye! I get the middle-finger salute.

I don't really want to canvass the reasons why motorists behave like this; it's already been discussed at length, but I do wonder if other people have abuse “hotspots”. Mosman seems to be the place I get the most, but this may relate to the frequency with which I ride there. (Perhaps if I change my riding times to very early mornings...)

Please nominate the locality, suburb or local government area where you are subject to the most abuse. I am keen to know I am not alone. (Of course, I know I am not, but it'll make me feel better if I hear of other people's experiences.)

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Comment by baa baa on December 9, 2009 at 1:48pm
All parts east of Spit Rd are very agro.
I think most drivers think that ( on the east side) they are taking a short cut and no one has the right to slow them down.
This is a real issue for the parents who would like to have our kids ride to school...

I try to keep to the west side ( some good hills can still be found in and around Beauty Pt).
The jungle drums are that Mosman Council will put on a free bus like that of Manly Council. Best part is it will have a bike rack so it may be possible to now avoid doing the 'warba.

see the Mosman Daily
Comment by Chris Virtue on December 9, 2009 at 2:39pm
Would never happen in the Inner West.

Seriously, I've had some D&M's with some very agro carlubbers on Wilson St.
Comment by Dan on December 9, 2009 at 3:17pm
Some guy gave me a lot of angry tooting on the horn on PBR last night, as I cut through the traffic.

I was running late, on the fixie and on fire!

I left him for dust. I must have overtaken at least 100 cars between Pyrmont Bridge and Parramatta Road; I was keeping up with the traffic when it was moving, and going to the front of each queue when it was stopped or going very slowly.
Comment by Judy on December 9, 2009 at 4:09pm
Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park in the early hours of the morning. There is hardly any traffic at all, there are 3 lanes, I stick to the far left and I still get either abused or have people come dangerously close to me just to "scare" me. I just know that if I am ever hit by a car it will be on that road and, since I am lit up so well I am probably visible from space, it will have been deliberate. The other spot I get abused is riding on Delhi Rd, although the other day instead of the usual "get of the f**ing road" (that's when I'm in the actual cycle lane too), I got a "looking good baby looking good" which put a smile on my dial!
Comment by Josh on December 9, 2009 at 4:17pm
Yep, roundabouts, or other suburban road calming road sections where they reduce the road to one navigable lane. They both attract the "Bugger, a cyclist, I'd better accelerate, oops not going to make it round him, shit, better brake quickly, yell abuse at the tool on the bike for nearly causing a crash" crowd.

No particular area. But you HAVE to take the lane. If you give these clowns 3/4 of a car width, they'll nail you to the concrete road blister.
Comment by baa baa on December 9, 2009 at 4:40pm
“Angry Tooting”, why do they bother.
Brings me to my top ten worst car driver’s cars. Relates more to my rides thru Mosman so hope am not that far off the topic.
1 VW Golf- Black
2 VW Golf- Grey
3 VW Golf- Silver
4 VW Golf- Red
5 VW Golf- Blue
6 VW Golf- Green
7 VW Golf- White
8 Any go fast Ford V8 Ute
9 Toyota Rav
10 Nissan Pulsar
Comment by Neil Alexander on December 9, 2009 at 6:27pm
Thanks, Sheepy one. You had me in stitches there. And it's good to know that we needn't fear VW Golfs... as long as they are yellow.
Comment by Dabba on December 10, 2009 at 5:05am
my neighbour just had his sheep shorn. Does that count as a close shave baa baa? :-)
Comment by Carlin on December 10, 2009 at 8:31am
I find the drivers in Mosman are more likely to be oblivious than malicious. And Mosman junction is like third world traffic, just do anything, and it all seems to work. Most of the time.
Comment by naomi on December 10, 2009 at 10:16am
Anywhere Sutherland side. Gives me the heebie jeebies!

Danger car - Black jeep

Most common abuse phrase heard - Fat C*&!t (Yes apparently this is popularly believed to be the most debilitating insult you can here as a female and is thought to be enough to make you skulk out of the way of their road in shame).

I just laugh!


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