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Drivers on power trip

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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.

DAVE HALL

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 27, 2013 A11

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