Cyclist Meets Cab Driver… Mixed Feelings Ensue

This happened in Ottawa, you kinda want both to lose…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Working link:
    Too bad the video footage was recovered from the “two fatality carnage”. That way we would all have won!

    • That horn is damn irritating.

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      • luna

        The horns owner is damn irritating.

  • eMan14

    If I had to chose, I’d be on the side of the Cabbie. And I hate Cabbies. If I heard that poor excuse of a horn, I’d be looking everywhere wondering what the hell is that?

    • That’s what I say, besides the twit with the horn comes across as a very typical Cycleass.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Cycleasses on the Prairies in the winter are the worst.
        It’s like come on man get a fucking bus pass already.

        • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

          ‘get a fucking bus pass already’

          That’s what I want to scream at some of the shittier drivers here in Scarborough.

        • canminuteman

          Screw that, I’d rather crawl on m hands and knees than risk tuberculosis for a ride.

    • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

      I didn’t even realize that the ‘WTF?’ sound I heard was a bicycle horn until the cyclist said so.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I hate cabbies, too.
      When I got married we moved into an apartment near the hotel we worked at.
      Naturally, I gave my wife priority with the car and I’d fend for myself when I had to.
      It was a ten minute drive or an hour walk.
      Bus service was every hour.
      I took a cab home every once in a while because I was just too tired to wait.
      At the time it cost about eight bucks.
      And I always went on the meter until one day when I heard that maybe cabbies like to work off the meter.
      And it was ideal for both of us.
      He gets a quick fare and is back at the hotel in less than half an hour before his dispatcher even knows it and I don’t have to tip him.
      Win win.
      Or so I thought.
      I get in and say ‘eight bucks off the meter?’
      He says okay.
      As we’re pulling up to my place he starts bitching that maybe this is really a ten dollar ride.
      I said no it isn’t since I’ve taken it many times before.
      He’s insistent.
      And so am I.
      I said what are you going to do?
      I could report you, he said.
      You’re trying to grind me for an extra couple of bucks on an eight dollar ride when you’re already getting eight bucks of gravy and you think I’m gonna bite?
      I’m a manager at the hotel you sit outside and you have some fucking gall to bite the hand that’s feeding you?
      Here’s eight bucks and fuck off!
      Never took another cab after that.
      Go Uber!

    • Stronger than Dirt

      You have a point but if the cabby didn’t see the cyclist then he shouldn’t be driving.

  • vladtepesblog

    I believe its illegal to pass on the right is it not? This is proof though that Canada’s #1 export is Sanctimony.

    • Amen.

    • Justin St.Denis

      I’ve been saying that about Canada’s #1 export for decades now. Sanctimony is so Canadian it almost leaves a maple syrup aftertaste.

    • canminuteman

      Well, if we can’t pass you on the right, we will pass you on the left, which is going to piss you off a lot more. In the city people in cars get pissed off at people on bikes mostly out of frustration since we are the only ones able to get anywhere in the gridlocked traffic.

  • Stronger than Dirt

    As a driver and not a cyclist …. I am going against the flow here on this post; people that overtake – the cab … and then cut in and brake are completely out of line — that is not legal according to the traffic act, especially when there is no need to do that other than impatience and blatant disregard for safety. Imo, the cabby is completely in the wrong. People do this to transports, buses and other vehicles with zero regard to the fact that they need much greater distances to stop.

    Btw the Highway Traffic Act…

    Overtaking and passing rules

    Passing meeting vehicles

    148. (1) Every person in charge of a vehicle on a highway meeting another vehicle shall turn out to the right from the centre of the roadway, allowing the other vehicle one-half of the roadway free. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (1).

    Vehicles or equestrians overtaken

    (2) Every person in charge of a vehicle or on horseback on a highway who is overtaken by a vehicle or equestrian travelling at a greater speed shall turn out to the right and allow the overtaking vehicle or equestrian to pass. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (2).


    (3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to a person in charge of a road service vehicle or a road-building machine or apparatus while the machine or apparatus is engaged in the construction of a highway. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (3).

    Vehicles meeting bicycles

    (4) Every person in charge of a vehicle on a highway meeting a person travelling on a bicycle shall allow the cyclist sufficient room on the roadway to pass. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (4).

    Vehicles or equestrians overtaking others

    (5) Every person in charge of a vehicle or on horseback on a highway who is overtaking another vehicle or equestrian shall turn out to the left so far as may be necessary to avoid a collision with the vehicle or equestrian overtaken, and the person overtaken is not required to leave more than one-half of the roadway free. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (5).

    Bicycles overtaken

    (6) Every person on a bicycle or motor assisted bicycle who is overtaken by a vehicle or equestrian travelling at a greater speed shall turn out to the right and allow the vehicle or equestrian to pass and the vehicle or equestrian overtaking shall turn out to the left so far as may be necessary to avoid a collision. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 148 (6).

    Some of you may want to invest in a driving school.

  • canminuteman

    I am a regular bicycle commuter. Where I live now traffic isn’t a problem. I have bike commuted in Ottawa and Toronto. I get that an awful lot of cyclists are sanctimonious assholes. In the cities I bike commuted because it was the fastest most convenient way to get around the city. Now I do it because it’s the most convenient way to get exercise.
    Drivers really don’t want us to follow the rules of the road. If you think we are a pain in the ass now, we would be a lot worse if we pretended we were cars.
    My rule of thumb is to ride like no one can see me. That means I stay as far away from cars as possible, and don’t clog up intersections while trying to make a turn. That means I ride on sidewalks in some places if there is not enough of a shoulder to be safe. This tends to be in areas where there are no pedestrians anyway, and on the odd chance that I do encounter one I dismount and walk around them. It means I don’t stop at red lights and stop signs if there is nothing coming,( the safest time to be in an intersection is when no one is going anywhere, the worst time is when all the cars behind you are also trying to go through and make right turns, why would I go straight through an intersection, when there are people behind me who are trying to turn right, who won’t see me and run me over? Yes this has happened. it is safer to go when they are stationary, if there is nothing coming the other way.) but I don’t just ride into the middle of an intersection where I would have the right of way if it’s dangerous because of traffic volume or whatever. I pick the route with the safest traffic conditions even if it means going on a longer trip to achieve it.
    I have had two near death experiences on my bike, and both have occurred when I was following the rules. I have never experienced a problem when “riding like no one can see me. Being in the right doesn’t help me when I’m on a bike because I will loose if I am hit.

    • Justin St.Denis

      You sound like my eldest son, who has been practically wedded to cycling since he was a little kid. Now he likes fast cars, too. 😉

    • I cycled too, I get it, pity that too many are sanctimonious twits.

  • Justin St.Denis

    I’m with the cabbie on this one. I didn’t know wtf that noise was, either! It took me a few secs before I connected it to the cyclist. And I wish the cyclist had answered the cabbie’s question. What DID the cyclist want precisely? Mommy always told me you can’t have what you can’t identify.

  • Bicycles just shouldn’t be on the roads. They aren’t safe. If it’s so necessary then build cycle paths.

  • ntt1

    That weird sound the cyclist made, possibly by rubbing his spandex together, is also the sound of propane sales carts in many third world countries, perhaps the muslim driver was looking around to avoid a fiery collision with the cart? In the muslims defense I have often been prompted top talk to sanctimonious cyclists the same way. When you shave your legs ,wear skin tight pantaloons and socket your brain in a Styrofoam caddy it is a cry for help

  • Stronger than Dirt

    I wonder if the cabby actually has a valid licence.