Why are there cars?
commented on I, Anonymous
I'm totally loving this back and forth with the real people! I even made popcorn.
Incidentally, the cyclist is correct.
Oh yes, and Washington IS a "Stand Your Ground" State. If a driver gets out of their car and brandishes a weapon, that is assault. The same cannot be said for someone pounding on a car since the car itself is a form of protection. Revving your engine at someone is also against the law.
Also, ever since and SPD officer told me that the bicycle lane was not a bicycle lane, I don't worry about staying it. If drivers want to drive in it or use it as a loading zone, I just use the car lane and sometimes take a little while to move back, if the bike lane somehow become clear. Also, if any car strafes me, I just block all the rest of them. Payback is a mother but it teaches the followers not to take the same chance through sketchy traffic situations.
That said, I have a lot fewer conflicts with drivers when I just take the lane and don't try to give up right of way in the name of politesse. We're all just traffic. Let's get along, yo.