Belligerent cyclists - Stories? Experiences? Was I wrong?
I was driving slowly down Parliament in Cabbagetown, fairly close to the parked cars on the single-lane per direction road without thinking because I was looking for a parking spot in an unfamiliar place. This 30's-looking hipster geek chick on a bike actually told me as she was passing by that I should learn to not block cyclists or something. I seriously didn't see her and she must have come from a side road because before I got to the vicinity of my stop, I was driving normally and I usually check around, especially in areas where cyclists are common. Being a regular bike rider myself has made me generally paranoid and on the watch for them.
Anyway, I was pissed at her rudeness so I drove a little further past the coffee shop I was looking for and said "listen b**** don't preach at me on your s***** $50 bike" and parked in my spot.
She actually got off her bike and walked towards me so I knew this was going to be fun. Well she didn't get too close but I was going to stay for a while in case she tried to vandalize my Binky (my car's name). She told me that if I was going to drive I should share the road and drive well. I said "Well excuse me, even if I am a bad driver get over it, move on and just be thankful you're not hurt but starting s*** with me is rude. Then she said I'm the rude one because I should be apologizing. Then I said, "Excuse me, do you even drive? Can you even afford a car with your $50 bike?" Nope, she did not retort that she does drive. For the rest of the time I made wahwahwah noises and flapped my hand like you do when someone is saying things you don't care about and after a while she walked off.
I realize this whole exchange was crude and immature and does not reflect well upon me but I drive AND bike a lot and people need to be forgiving of honest mistakes. Obviously if I knew she was behind me I would have given her lots of space like I always do and like to have when I am on my bike but with her self-righteousness, it felt good to tell her off. Anyone who bikes or drives around will know that someone who is less skilled or aware than you (or distracted) will offend you at one point or another; it happens to everyone. When it happens to me I don't get confrontational.
I believe some cyclists have lots of undue aggression. Once when I was walking home from the supermarket with my groceries, I saw a cyclist slapping his hand on the top of a car's hood because (I think? didn't see the whole thing) the car moved up beside his wife's bike at an intersection which he felt was too dangerous. For all I know the driver may have been wrong. However, I don't believe that justifies him being an ahole.
Thoughts? You can tell me that I'm wrong and should learn to drive better. I just want more opinions, that's all.