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Thu., March 13, 2014, 3 p.m.

Today’s Bicycle Commuting Report

A woman who looked like she might be about my age backed out of a driveway right in front of me this afternoon.

We all make mistakes. And she was driving a huge ass Canyonero (or whatever). I imagine those things have a few blind spots.

Still, she was backing onto 29th, across a bike lane. Seems like you would want to look for traffic. Wouldn't you?

I was going pretty slow and had anticipated this possibility, so stopping was no big deal.

I said nothing. I made no gesture. But I looked at the woman as I passed.

We were both wearing sunglasses, so I suspect a bit was lost in translation. But she clearly said something, perhaps to the grandchild in the front passenger seat.

If you had to guess, what do you think she muttered?

A) "Effing cyclists ... think they own the road."

B) "Effing cyclists ... why don't they realize cities were built for cars?"

C) "Effing cyclists ... they'll sneak right up on you!"

D) "Good grief ... I need to be more attentive."

E) Other.  

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