He wanted to turn right. I was in front of him, waiting to go straight. It was a narrow lane, only one lane each direction; not enough room for him to pass me without one of us moving into the opposing lane.
I guess he thought I should pull up on the sidewalk to get out of traffic's way while I wait for the light? And so I guess he would expect the driver of a car to do the same? Does he yell at the cars in front of him when he wants to turn at a red light? Because if I weren't commuting by bike, there'd be one more car on the road, possibly directly in front of him.
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indicating an intention to turn
The funny part is, I absolutely think that bikers should give room when it's available, and I do it all the time. When I'm the first person coming up to a red light, I look at the car behind me in my mirror and check for turn signals. If they're turning right and I'm not, I move left to leave room for them. So when this guy pulled up behind me, I checked--out of habit--for turn signals. Were either of them blinking? Of course not.
"You know, I'd like to turn..."
I looked back to double check his signal lights. Still nothing blinking. I kept my mouth shut. The light was already yellow and we'd be going any second.
And of course, when the light changed, he peeled out *way* too close to my back wheel, yelling all the way.
And now I'm home and trying hard not to hold onto the anger that this incident inspired. So as a part of my self-therapy I'd like to say this:
I believe that all users of the road should be considerate, regardless of their mode of transportation.
However: it is not your inalienable right to make a right turn on red. The light is red. You may have to wait. Get over it. If I'm not making room for you, you can bet there's a good reason for it. Bike's don't move sideways very well, you know. And if there's no room for safe passing, you can bet I'll be wary. You see, I don't have a metal roll-cage around me, and I don't think that 15 seconds of your time is worth the risk of bodily harm.
Oh, and if you'd like to turn, use your damn blinker.