Road rage argument with idiot woman riding my bike on the West Side Highway today.
Since the Citibike program started there have been lots more reckless cyclists on the road who never obey rules of law or common sense. I try to steer clear of them and today I had a run in with one.
On the Hudson River bike path, it narrows for traffic and an intersection in certain areas. As I was passing Chelsea Piers, a highly trafficed area, there’s an entitled fool riding hands free in flip-flops, no helmet, listening to music w/ earbuds in and texting simultaneously. I ring my bike bell once to alert her I’m passing and she has a hissy fit.
I was incredulous. Thus began an approximately 7 minute hostile ride where this fool kept trying to race me while smugly defending her actions.
She said there’s no law saying she can’t do what she pleases and if I don’t like it then I can ride elsewhere.
Yes. This is reasonable. Right up there with “I’m Christopher Columbus get off my land you native people.”
In the course of our heated discussion, I said,”Are you kidding me? Look at you. Texting hands free while riding a bike surrounded by other innocent people. You can hurt someone much less yourself.
The word “bitch” m’am, of which you are one, poses less social harm than you on a bicycle.”
She replied smiling,”Oh, thanks. Nice words. I can’t believe someone your age would act like this.”
"Lady? Since you want to invoke age, your old enough to be someone’s grandmother and you’re acting out like a complete idiot. Look at YOURSELF!"
She kept trying to run me off the road, as if that was gonna happen, and making comments about my manners. I proceeded to call her a “fucking menace” who is more consumed with swear words and social etiquette then her own behavior and how it endangers not only herself, but innocent bystanders.”
Her comeback,”You’re mother would be so proud of you I’m sure.”
"Yes. In fact, I know she would be proud because she too hates people like you."
"Uh…," idiot says speechless. "I’m gonna use that line."
"You’re welcome to. Since you don’t have any common sense I’m certain you’re short on original material."
I turned off the path at my stop and it rode away to harm other people. The whole mess was not worth the energy, and not my proudest moment, but it if nothing else it puts her on blast and people will hopefully protect themselves.
Every bead of sweat tells a story.