Tuesday I took my bike out for a quick jaunt to the grocery store, because I've been jonesing for lasagna and I needed supplies. (It will be baked for Friday's dinner. It will be delicious.) Also the weather was brisk and sunny and beautiful, and I really wanted to get back on the bike. I made it to the store with no problems, got my supplies, loaded up the bike and my backpack and headed home. On the last stretch of road before my little dead-end street, I was tootling along in the right lane, saw a gap in the traffic behind me and decided to go for my left turn. So checked over my shoulder, held me left hand straight out to the side to signal my intent, and began to head for the center line.
Unfortunately, the girl in the car behind me apparently thought "left hand straight out to the side" means "please, speed up and drive around me". I glanced back again, saw her shiny black bumper bearing down on me, did that swear/pray thing and zipped across to my street.
And then she honked at me because obviously I was the idiot. Obviously. Does it just not register that if a driver hits a biker, there's a real chance the biker could be maimed or killed? Do they not think past "Oh, it might scratch my paint"?
As someone once reminded me, "There's a lot of tired ninnies out there." Be careful on the road, folks.