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I got it again tonight.  You all probably know it.  A driver pulls up on your left, similar to passing, but they don't actually get in front of you.  Instead, as soon as they are along side you, they just veer to the right, giving you two choices:  Swerve to the right (if there is room!), or hit the brakes hard and fall in behind them.

Normally drivers seem to do this when approaching a stop sign or signal.  They can't bear the thought of being behind a cyclist at an intersection.

I find this maneuver to be very discourteous.  But I am never surprised by it, recognizing as I do that many drivers don't have two IQ points to rub together.

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I've had this happen twice in the past few days. The looks of shock and surprise when I yelled out an emphatic "YO!!", a'la Rocky Balboa, were hilarious.

Tonight I said, "That's not passing, that's shoving me over.  Learn some courtesy!"  The driver didn't seem to comprehend (no surprise there).  Maybe next time I'll try "YO!!"

Fran Kondorf said:

I've had this happen twice in the past few days. The looks of shock and surprise when I yelled out an emphatic "YO!!", a'la Rocky Balboa, were hilarious.

I usually, probably futilely, yell "Yeah, THAT was necessary" when crap like this happens. 

I also think the cars that sit far to the right to stop bikes from filtering are ridiculous, and make it a point to slowly squeeze by them if I safely can. 

You could point out that it's the law that they give you at least 3 feet.

http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/safely-passing-bicyclis...

Sometimes this happens because the car lane jogs to make room for a left turn lane.  Yes, there are bad drivers who don't know what is proper in this case, but I think many times it's just as much poor road design at fault.  Intersections seem to create pinch points and need to be rethought.


I agree it's not always the driver and can be the current road design.  I remember when a guy who was visiting and had rode in many bike lanes across the country said he couldn't believe how are bike lanes just end at intersections and then start up again.


Steve Courtright said:

Sometimes this happens because the car lane jogs to make room for a left turn lane.  Yes, there are bad drivers who don't know what is proper in this case, but I think many times it's just as much poor road design at fault.  Intersections seem to create pinch points and need to be rethought.

We are not talking about the same thing.  Sure, if a lane jogs right, and you keep going straight while the driver follows the lane, you can collide, and it's not the fault of the driver.

What I was talking about is what happens on a straight section of street, when a driver wants to pass you, but there is not enough open space in front of you (because you are approaching a stop sign, a signal light, or a row of stopped cars) for them to do it.  Rather than waiting until they have an opportunity to get ahead of you and pass properly, some drivers simply pull alongside and shove you over.

Whether driving or cycling, I think it's rude (and dangerous) to make any kind of maneuver that forces others to take evasive action.



Steve Courtright said:

Sometimes this happens because the car lane jogs to make room for a left turn lane.  Yes, there are bad drivers who don't know what is proper in this case, but I think many times it's just as much poor road design at fault.  Intersections seem to create pinch points and need to be rethought.

I have similar experience but, knock on wood, have yet to get the full on shove when I'm riding west on Kinzie approaching Green. I'm usually going at a decent speed because of the downhill just east of Green. So as I'm approaching the stop sign drivers will sometimes move into the oncoming traffic lane to pass. But they almost always miscalculate my speed relative to theirs so end up driving behind me but on the wrong side of the street. Until we start getting to 20-30 feet from the stop sign when they realize they're going to get to the stop sign on the wrong side of the street.

So far I've had a few drivers accelerate hard and not quite cut me off but most will back off and slip behind me. Especially since at that point I'm signalling a left turn onto Green. I'm glad traffic there is pretty light even during rush hour. I'd hate to be next to a car driving on the wrong side of the street if someone turned west onto Kinzie and that driver was facing a head on collision. 

What is "Led Zeppelin Songs that never made it onto a studio album?"

A nice slap of the fender or window works for me.

             but Ive got a long reach

Had this happen on Lincoln Friday 5/9 afternoon, forced me into the curb so hard my cro-mo frame shattered. Luckily I just got a bruised shoulder and a broken bike... Bullshit, some idiot's lack of giving a shit cost me almost a grand.

BTW the bike in my pic was not the one

Glad you are OK.

The Shove is just one of many, many driver maneuvers that I have learned to anticipate and deal with.  If you assume that any car on your left will veer right as they approach a stop, you will probably be OK.


Crispien Van Aelst said:

Had this happen on Lincoln Friday 5/9 afternoon, forced me into the curb so hard my cro-mo frame shattered. Luckily I just got a bruised shoulder and a broken bike... Bullshit, some idiot's lack of giving a shit cost me almost a grand.

BTW the bike in my pic was not the one

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