Even something little moving at the right velocity could be extremely
dangerous, let alone causing the biker to wreck and run into oncoming
traffic. People are just morons. I’m seriously not sure how we made it
this far as a society.
I’m sure Scout would be much more eloquent on this subject than I am, but just the other day some be-trucker-hatted asshole started honking at me when I was biking down to the bank and had stopped at a stop light. When I looked back, he was waving at me to get off the street so that he could edge ahead. Thinking he meant to turn, I pointed to the “No Turn on Red” sign and politely informed him that he couldn’t turn anyway so until the light turned green we were both stuck. He and his carload of hollering fratbastards continued honking, yelling out the window, and making “move over” motions. I was under no obligation to move, but the closer they inched their SUV to me the more nervous I got, so I shoved over, only to have them roar past me in an effort to be the first car in line when the light turned green.
Which is when I may or may not have said some things about the likelihood of their mothers having blown the entire Chicago Bears offensive line. I also may have expressed my fervent hope they die in a particularly hot fire. And then I may or may not have called the cops and reported them for reckless driving. Because they WERE.
My point is, it’s perfectly easy to see these choads throwing something out the window at me. I’m a pretty responsible rider, not perfect, but I do signal and I don’t cut into oncoming traffic or weave in and out of a traffic jam. I try not to fuck with cars, is my point. And the majority of people in my bike-friendly ‘hood give me a berth twice as wide as is needed, but it only takes one jackass to cause serious injury when said jackass is in basically an assault vehicle and I’m on a bunch of metal sticks with wheels.