Bizarre dialogue with a moton

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Norm, 8 May 2010.

  1. Norm

    Norm Guest

    Riding into Windsor this morning, there's a stretch of about 2km with 5 sets of lights. Just before the first set (outside The Bell, for anyone who knows the area), which were red, a car squeezed through and braked sharply in front of me. I went up the cycle lane and stopped, on the left, in the ASL. Over the next 4 sets of lights, this car (Ford Focus) passed between each set then stopped at the red, further and further to the left each time. Nothing much more than a typical moton, I thought.

    At the last set, though, she obviously thought that I had a lesson to learn as her window came down as I was pulling alongside.

    Her: "I had to overtake you 4 times!"
    Me: "That's ok, this is the fifth time I've passed you."
    Her: "But you kept holding me up!"
    Me: "And now you and the other cars are stationary, holding me up."
    Her: "You were going slower than the cars!"
    Me: "Actually, I was doing exactly the same speed as the cars but I like to leave a safe area in front of me in case I need to brake." (this one made her pause)
    Her: "And you were riding in the middle of the road!"
    Me: "I was, thanks." (this had her completely flummoxed. She was berating what she saw as bad behaviour, and I said "Thanks")
    Her: "Why were you out there?"
    Me: "Avoiding people in cars who open their doors without looking"
    Her: "Oh."
    Me: "You should get a bike, you'll get there quicker..."
    And, with that, I turned left down towards the river and didn't see her again.

    I really should wear my camera more, but it was raining so I left it at home.
  2. thomas

    thomas the tank engine

    haha. Sounds like you managed to cover every objection well ;)
  3. OP

    Norm Guest

    Thanks, I was kinda proud of the first response but then started to wonder how I could get a cyclists viewpoint across in the short gap between green lights and de-railed myself.
  4. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Did the stupid bint look like she needed some exercise?
  5. MacB

    MacB Lover of things that come in 3's

    yep, the 5th time I've passed you was a good line, have to try and remember that one:biggrin:
  6. OP

    Norm Guest

    No, not really.

    And the view I had of her, erm, well, of her was also fairly distracting.

    I must admit that most of my responses are initiated by stuff I see on here. My favourite to date was the BMW a few weeks ago who shouted "Cycle path" whilst pointing to the pavement, which elicited my "bus stop" reply.

    I do wish that we could have more time with some motorists, just to help them understand why we are "taking the lane" or whatever. From the look on her face, this woman earlier had obviously never considered the "door zone" and thought I was antagonising her by riding down the middle of the road. It would be great to have the chance to explain things.
  7. Flying Dodo

    Flying Dodo It'll soon be summer

    Nice one Norm.

    I once had someone stop to tell me I should be on the adjacent cycle path instead of the road. So I replied I wouldn't go on the path partly because it was full of glass but mainly for the same reason they were driving on this road and not on the (nearby) M1. The road goes where I want to go.
  8. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    Oh well she's just a stupid bint then.:wacko:
  9. thomas

    thomas the tank engine


    She probably gave up thinking you had mental difficaulties and drool dripped down your chin :wacko::biggrin:
  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Was she wearing an Hermes headscarf and were there five corgies on the back seat, Norm?
  11. Mark_Robson

    Mark_Robson Senior Member

    Are we still talking about Norm being sexually attracted to the lady?
  12. hackbike 666

    hackbike 666 Guest

    That would be to do with riding the bike pal.:biggrin:
  13. AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    lol, great responses, some people just dont understand. Ive not really had any verbal contact with motorists as I dont commute (I work from home, and my office lounge is withing walking distance of my bedroom)
  14. NigC

    NigC New Member

    I've got an exercise bike if you're interested??? It makes a great towel rack :wacko:
  15. AndyCarolan

    AndyCarolan Do you smell fudge?

    ROFL - no thanks, I do make a point of going out for my daily rides and longer distances at the weekend.

    Excercise bike indeed lolol
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