OK, readers! Another question asked anonymously via formspring. I love getting questions!!! Here it is:
so i don’t get it — why do cars honk at cyclists? i’ve seen this happen a few times in the past month.
Yea. I don’t really get it either. Sometimes cars honk at cyclists from behind because they’re about to pass as a courtesy. They’re just letting you know they’re back there and are about to pass you. Or because they’re behind a cyclist and they don’t appreciate that they have to slow down or change lanes to pass. Or because they’re behind a cyclist and are unable to pass and have to drive 15 mph and don’t understand why the cyclist is right in the middle of a general purpose lane instead of on a sidewalk or trail where they’re “supposed” to be. Whatevs. I don’t get it either.
Then sometimes they honk because it’s a carfull of teenagers and they think it’s funny. What they don’t realize is that it’s only funny if they also roll down their window, hang their entire upper body out the window, and shout something nonsensical at the cyclist. Then it’s funny because it’s totally absurd.
Mostly, though, people just honk because they’re cranky. Wouldn’t you be if you had to drive a car??? Yeesh. I would be.
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