Compensating

To the observant, but hopelessly stupid, gentlemen driving the black SUV onto Bell Rd at the corner of the Halifax Commons who shouted from his open window while driving past that the crosswalk was not a bike lane... Yes, a crosswalk is a crosswalk, and I agree that it is also not an aardvark, but you clearly failed to see that I was dismounted from my bike and waiting at the intersection to cross... wait for it... TO A BIKE LANE! I did not enter the intersection unaware of traffic flow, I actually waited patiently for the lights to change and allow me to cross to the other side of the road, at that point riding my bike though. If that is your only complaint, then I will gladly walk and take up more of your time to wait for me to cross the intersection next time... I for one, see it fit to ride my bike through a crosswalk since it is clearly more expeditious than to walk my bike across it. Mind you, I am not one to enter an intersection at a crosswalk while all the time biking at full speed... But, still YOU failed to see me through your oversized wheeled method of compensation, probably blocking your view of the road with your ego, but I was making clear intentions of crossing the road safely (bike pointed across the street while I was dismounted and waiting to cross). Good luck convincing the police and insurance company that I was not entitled to use a crosswalk to safely cross the street in order to use the only designated bike lane in that part of the city, and I most certainly avoid entering too closely into traffic with jerks like you nearby when the lane size doesn't allow it, let alone be forced to make a left turn by crossing over two lanes in traffic from the shoulder to get to the left turn lane!!! —Cautious Wheeler

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