I just set a new record for seeing unhappy drivers while biking. At 4 p.m., while walking my bike across Marion at a crosswalk, I had a driver yell at me to get my butt on the bike and move it.
At 6:30 p.m., while crossing the same crosswalk, with my butt on the bike to speed things up, I had a driver yell at me to get off the bike and walk it across the intersection.
First, I suspect they were both saying the same thing: "We don't want bikes on our roads."
But, second, do people yell at other drivers when they fail to signal a turn or lane change or roll through a stop sign or run an amber light past the red?
I get yelled at more in a typical summer on my bike -- and I am a retired, careful biker in no hurry to get anywhere -- than I have in a lifetime of driving. Some drivers really seem to be on a power trip when they have a few thousand pounds around them and others are sitting on 40 pounds.
I try to be a thoughtful sharer of the roads. But experiences like today's make it seem a hopeless task.