Cycling in Sydney Australia
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.)