I read with interest the column “Do cars hate us?” (May 26).
First, let me state that I am a cyclist myself—not avid, mind you, but I ride several times a month. Personally, I never feel particularly threatened by automobiles, as being on a bicycle, I occupy a pretty small space that allows me to ride close to the side of the road, leaving plenty of space between myself and passing cars.
What does really annoy me, however, is when I’m behind the wheel and the spandex-clad cyclist ahead of me insists on exercising his right to the road and rides dead center in the lane at a much slower speed than the general flow of automotive traffic. Just recently I got stuck behind one such cyclist who seemed intent on ignoring me behind him and refused to ease over to the right and let me pass.
In that situation, I just took a deep breath and continued behind him without resorting to road rage. Though I certainly support and encourage people to ride bicycles more often, it just seems common sense to respect the mass of a moving automobile and let them pass if there’s a car behind you moving at a greater speed. I do my best to watch for cyclists and am careful when driving around them. I just bristle, though, when I encounter those on bicycles who insist on proving a point. Next time, I’ll just flatten ’em!