The Angry Driver Syndrome
The following three sentences are taken directly from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
On what types of roads can I ride a Bicycle? Bicyclists have the legal right to share the road on most public highways. Bicyclists are not allowed on interstate highways and expressways.
On one recent occasion I was pedaling (coasting, actually) and nearing this intersection on Elmwood Avenue (pictured below). As I was coming to a stop a motorist pulled out in front of me, causing us both to hit the breaks hard. He rolls down the window and yells (surprise), Get the F*** off the road a**hole. After a brief verbal interaction he actually threatened me physically, right there in the middle of bustling Elmwood Avenue on a bright and sunny day. I was not on an interstate highway or an expressway, I was on a commercial and residential city street.
Delaware Park), a driver (you guessed it) told me to get off the road. When I pointed to the sign he flipped me the bird as he hit the gas; if he wasn't frowning at the time I could picture him to be a nice little old man, someone's grampa.
To read more about the rights, rules, and regulations of bicyclists at the DMV, click here.