Today I was driving in Burnaby in my car, in the right of two lanes, when a rider appeared in my left blind spot but I could see him by leaning towards my left mirror. I signalled left to indicate I wanted to get in front of him. I did not move out of my lane or drift in my lane at all.
This went on for about 2 - 3 seconds, it didn't look like there was enough space between us so I just cancelled my turn signal and stayed in my lane. The rider stayed in my blind spot the whole time, and I was watching him in my left mirror, blinker still on.
I gave up and just kept going straight.
The rider must have thought I was eye-balling him or something because he then booted by me in his lane and yelled out a big angry Fuck You at me and sped off. The only reason I was watching him was to make sure I didn't turn him into roadkill.
I was surprised but I didn't react, don't need any incidents as I have enough to think about in my day as it is.
It made me think however about miscommunications on the road. I wonder how often this happens. I like to think I am not some dumbshit oblivious driver who doesn't give a rat's ass about other riders. Obviously this particular rider came to a completely opposite conclusion.
So I tried to put himself into his boots - on the road, a car slightly ahead is trying to get in front of him, its left signal on, no change in gap in traffic, so the car then decides forget it and abandons the lane change attempt. I'm not sure why he told me to Fuck Off. I thought I was being courteous in not knocking him into the oncoming lane and the next life.
Frankly, I wouldn't do anything different if the situation arose again, but maybe I'm missing something here. Any thoughts folks?