Biking outbound on Forbes brings unnecessary road rage encounters

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I commute by bike Downtown and frequently ride Forbes Avenue outbound. It’s significantly more direct. If you can get used to the brief single-lane section and negotiating the merge around the parkway interchange, it’s OK.

There are two lanes until the interchange with the parkway, and traffic isn’t so thick that motorists have to wait long to get in the passing lane.

Not that there’s really any point. What holds up motorists on Forbes outbound are all the lights. It’s the same set of cars I see accelerate ahead only to get stuck at the next red just through every light short of the parkway interchange. They never get a cycle ahead. I stay just behind, consciously easing off approaching some lights to do so.

So what motivates a few of them to lay on the horn, swear at me out their windows to get off the road or call me an expletive while I’m minding my business, riding lawfully and traveling the same average speed? It’s now happened three times in as many weeks.

Driving a car in and out of Downtown at rush hour is annoying. I get it. That’s also why I don’t do it! If you’re so frustrated by driving that you’re road raging, why are you wedded to it? There are other ways to get Downtown.

By the way, if you don’t have medical restrictions, regular biking can be a particularly effective way to blow off some steam.

Squirrel Hill

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