A coupla months ago I was riding up High Street, going north. I was in the Clintonville area and in the left lane. I noticed some turners in the center-turn lane up ahead, so I got a little more alert. Sure enough, guy turning north did not see me, and turns into the right lane, crossing in front of me. I had slowed down at that point, but I still honked. No near miss, but if I hadn’t been paying attention it might have been a different story.
He starts tailing me, honking! I’m bewildered, because I did nothing wrong, he was in the wrong. After a few blocks of stop-and-go due to all the lights, he seemed to calm down. He got back in the right lane and at the next red light tries to get my attention. At this point I am a little concerned, because he seems unstable. He tells me: “I just didn’t see you. But there was no need to honk like that. I didn’t see you at all! I just wasn’t looking. But you shouldn’t have honked.”
I had to stop myself from laughing. He’s admitting he didn’t see me, that it was his fault, and yet he is still bothered by my honking! WOW. I told him I’d rather be careful and honk than not honk and get hit. (Not that honking always saves you, but it’s worth a try!) He still seemed bothered by my honking but I was glad he wasn’t aggressive.
So cagers out there, it’s just a horn. If you hear it, it’s done its’ job. And look before you turn!