Help me out, fellow cyclist. I’m feeling like an unloved step-child these days. In a span of about ten days, an angry motorist hurled obscenities at me and told me to get off the street (a familiar but by no means an everyday occurrence), a motorcyclist reacted in similar fashion (a first) and a belligerent pedestrian demanded that I remove myself from a trail (another first).
Am I paranoid or is there an increase in hostility toward bicyclists? There’s always going to be an angry motorist. I’m more troubled by this recent show of anger from other road users. Maybe the motorcyclist was having a bad hair day (do they get helmet hair too?). Maybe the pedestrian had just experienced a close call with another cyclist. Maybe the planets are out of alignment.
I’m not accustomed to getting berated for riding my bike by so many in a short period of time when I’m not doing anything wrong. I don’t like to respond to anger with more anger.