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Just Got Flipped Off by Bike Riding Woman in Old Palo Alto, Wondering why?

Original post made by The Real Slim K, Old Palo Alto, on Oct 1, 2015

Just wondering if someone has a theory---other than you know, that cliche'd stuck up bicycle fascism thing against cars. Driving the kids--all three, 10 years of age and younger, home from football practice, 8:40 pm we reach our street in Old Palo Alto, slowly make my way down the block, use turn-signals appropriately, stopping in front of my house, and suddenly a bike rider goes by and flips us off. She was female, not that young--so that's not the excuse. Anyone? I should add that maybe? since it's the night before the garbage people come, a lot of trash cans are lined up next to cars, so she was...I dunno, non-plussed about a car driver too? Only I was on the right side of the street--she traveling towards me on the left. I even waited at full stop for her to pass. Again, full van of young kids. Angry woman? Had an argument with your husband or something? thanks.

Comments (4)

Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 1, 2015 at 11:56 pm

Your story pretty much sums up Palo Alto in a nutshell, pun intended.

Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2015 at 12:01 am

Oh, you didn't get the memo? She's better than you.

Posted by John B
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 2, 2015 at 6:45 am

Considering what happened in Oregon on this date, such uncivil behavior is highly worrisome. One Saturday, a 20/30-something bike guy similarly yelled at my own van with kids, "unsafe, you IDIOT!" (because I had turned into the middle I guess of his LOOOOOONG bike club---but which had a huge break in the line. Was I just supposed to wait and wait and wait...oh, NOT YET! there's a few more stragglers, and wait some more until they ALL went by? Why? Where's that rule written ? I thought sharing the road was what they wanted. I think you just can't win with these bike supremacists.

Posted by Goober from Mayberry
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 2, 2015 at 6:56 am

From your description, she was driving on the wrong side of the road.... which to me, makes her a woman riding a bicycle, rather than a bicyclist. A bicyclist would not do this, not only because it is illegal, but because they know it is good way to get killed.

If she didn't know this, the variety of other things she didn't know is likely myriad.

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