Yea, I saw it. My initial guess on that guy was that he was one of those people who didn't know that you can cross a double yellow line to pass a cyclist if it is safe. So he thinks he has no choice but to sit there behind them, and gets irritated with the wait. Then I found out that he had done this on a couple other occasions ... making him look a little less like an ignorant old man and a little more like an arrogant ass.
What frosts me about stories like that? Reading the comments. They fall into three categories:
1. People who understand that the guy in the SUV has no basis whatever for what he did (thankfully, most).
2. People who'll excuse what he did because they see other cyclists doing things that they believe to be illegal. The logic is that since OTHER cyclists do stupid things, that somehow excuses this guy's behavior.
Two problems with this one.
First, the logic is plainly flawed. How would it be if commercial truckers treated every motorist badly because they see so many of them doing stupid things (texting while driving, blowing through stop signs, speeding)? Suppose that were a huge commercial truck blowing it's horn at someone in a car ... would you read those same stupid comments? I doubt it.
Second, what they assume is illegal behavior usually isn't. Cyclists can ride two abreast if they are going the speed of traffic. That means that until someone approaches behind them, there is no need to pair up. And on a road with a shoulder as narrow as that, they would be justified in taking the entire lane, as there is no space to pass with adequate separation. Oh, and BTW ... that little white line? That's the fog line, and no, cyclists are not required to ride to the right of that line. That delineates the edge of the roadway, and the law requires that cyclists ride as close to the edge of the roadway as is practicable (considering their speed, debris, the condition of the road, etc.)
3. People who state the obvious and try to use it as justification for bad behavior. Essentially ... what I drive is bigger than you, so physics states that you should stay off my street and stay outta my way ... not for me, of course ... but for your own good. Can't argue with that logic, I guess. Of course, the same logic says that cars should stay off the streets used by commercial trucks.
To me, it's all about myopia. People have a hard time viewing any situation from another's perspective. Motorists regard commercial trucks as a danger and a nuisance (they're larger and slower) and cyclists as a nuisance (they're just slower). Commercial truckers regard motorists and cyclists as a nuisance (both are smaller, but pose little danger) and cyclists regard motorists and commercial truckers as a danger (for obvious reasons).
All would benefit rolling a few miles in the other's shoes. Almost all cyclists are motorists as well, so we understand what it is like on the other side of the steering wheel. Things would improve if more motorists spent some time behind the handlebars.
There is wisdom in collective stupidity. - Biker395www