As the guy swung his door wide into the bike lane and I swerved around it and yelled "HEY!", can you guess what the guy's retort was?
That's clearly SMIDGAF (as opposed to SMIDSY)
In my part of the world cars typically slide over so they don't squash the guy getting out. Probably as a reaction to cars always loosing the car/ped collision public opinion poll and peds taking their time because they don't want to die. Why should this play out differently for bikes?
Maybe because the guy getting out won't die so they don't care so they aren't signalling like they might for a car?
FWIW, I'm also a commuting bike rider. I play by traffic rules because doing otherwise is jackassery.
Time to escalate to a handlebar mounted RPG launcher.
"Self defense, your honor..."
Handlebar mounted Cro-bar.
So instead of having an idiot to dodge, you have a smoking crater and flying shrapnel to dodge. Wish fulfillment is a harsh mistress.
Yeah, but the crater you'll only have to dodge once. You might have to deal with the idiot again someday.
Carry a squirt gun.
Filled with brake fluid, been there.. done that (:
Getting on the Bay Bridge the other day, in marginally thick but rapidly speeding-up traffic, a guy *far behind me* in the disappearing merge- lane tried to stomp on the gas and pass me, resulting in a terrifying moment with 3 cars suddenly all about to occupy the same space, and Captain Jerko gunning the gas and stomping the brakes simultaneously. Horns blare, the dude blocks two lanes until he's allowed into where he almost killed us all, and then, yes, he leans out his window and, flips me off and calls me an "assh*le" --presumably because I had the gall to step on the brakes rather than allow him to complete his his murder-suicide pact.
Jim Sweeney, this happens to me at least once a week there. Jamie Zawinski, congratulations on not dying at the hands of a complete asshole.
I've slashed tires for less than that. Usually asshole parkers.
Ive been doored a couple of times when i was a bike messenger (unavoidable circumstances), one of the times the lady was emptying out her ashtray :| ... ..