A silver Honda
Accord Civic (NY HLS-3678) passed me on Raymond, just before the Vassar Main Gate roundabout, with about as much clearance as one might expect:
I noodled along Raymond at 18 mph and the car pulled ahead at the usual 30 to 40 mph. Just after the College Avenue roundabout, the car pulled off to the right, as if to park, but continued rolling slowly and I gave it plenty of clearance:
The car immediately pulled out into the lane, directly in front of the Escalade that’s been following me at a courteous distance since the Main Gate roundabout, and pulled up close behind me, which immediately put me at DEFCON 3. Basically, drivers get exactly one bite at my apple; anyone who deliberately passes me a second time is likely up to no good.
As always, I signal and take the lane going into the Collegeview Avenue roundabout, still at 18-ish mph, whereupon the driver lays on the horn rather heavily. Apparently, he intended to accelerate past me into the roundabout, but I got in the way:
I’m now cranking 20 mph. A block later, the car passes me, rather closely this time:
Maybe this is a friendly wave, but the horn thing suggests otherwise and, in any event, it’s hard to tell in real time running:
At this point, I presume he’s gesturing me to GTFO the road:
And we part company:
Raymond Avenue would be a lot more bicycle-friendly without some of the drivers …
2 thoughts on “Sharing the Road on Raymond: Friend or Foe?”
Minor nitpick: that’s not an Accord. It is a 7th Generation Honda Civic (model years 2001-2005).
In this context, details matter!
It’s a current-series license plate and the car looks well-worn: a new-to-him ride.
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