Another pet peeve on Oak Park roads

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Dan Haley's bicycling column last week got me worked up to write a note on another traffic peeve of mine: vehicles that can't wait that extra second to let other cars get through the darned intersection before beginning to bustle their own way through [Commonsense biking — and decent driving, Dan Haley, Sept. 29].

Whatever happened to allowing the first vehicle all the way through before resuming your forward progress?

So rampant is this hurry-hurry attitude that I've taken lately to driving oh-so-slowly through intersections. It's my passive-aggressive way of declaring, "Hey, I own the right of way for a few milliseconds more ... chill out!"

I'm sorely tempted, someday soon, to come to a full stop in the intersection and see what happens. No doubt, a bicyclist toting a cell phone will coast past the wreckage and dial 911 while pedaling onward to his or her destination.

Matt Baron
Oak Park

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Matt Baron from Oak Park  

Posted: October 7th, 2010 10:37 PM

Nuance of language is such a tricky thing. Self-effacement and phrases like "I'm sorely tempted..." don't register with some, alas. Have a splendid day, "Wondering", and apologies for having given rise to undue alarm.


Posted: October 6th, 2010 9:06 AM

I see deep seated passive aggressive issues for this writer. Why does it bother you that as you are leaving the intersection other drivers are expediting their travel by starting to roll forward before you have moved off down the block? Why exactly does this bother you so much as to prompt you to declare Hey, look at me I am king of the road? You obviously have issues my friend. If you stop suddenly for no reason in the middle to force a crash then who is the jerk?

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