Who are the worst drivers?

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...not even the limo drivers. Nooo, my vote for the worst of the city's worst drivers goes to the MTA bus drivers. Bad enough that they refuse to wait at the stop when the light 50ft away is red, worse the way they pump the brakes and swerve, tossing passengers around like inanimate objects. But worst of all is the way they intimidate people (cyclists, pedestrians, and even other drivers) with the giant weapons they drive. Pathetic.

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Bill Vojtech (not verified)
a long long time ago...

before I realized cyclists were mortal, I got into a little turf war with a bus on Riverside Drive. He'd come up behind me and get intimidatingly close as he passed, then I'd pass him when we went to the curb to pick up/ drop off passengers.

The last time he came too close for comfort, so at his next stop I popped the top off my water bottle and reached in his open window and gave him a lap full.

Needless to say, I switched to the on-coming lane till I was sure he was far ahead of me.

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JP (not verified)

"In the film ""2 Seconds,"" messangers use an old bottle as a pissoire and give THAT to the fossil fuelers. Haha!!!

I must say, while some bus drivers are dangerous, many are polite and accommodating.

I once saw a messanger get cut off twice by the same cab. At a red light, the cyclist pulled out an ice pick - stab, stab - 2 tires flat and a ruined day for the cabbie.

I guess someone might have a .44 magnum story - Go ahead, make my ride!

WORST DRIVERS - cell phoners in giant SUVs. They always seeem to be over-weight, have one hand on the phone, a twinkie in the other hand, and a perceived right to the entire road - without use of blinkers."

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David Hallerman (not verified)
FUV Lawbreakers

If you're ever in the mood to count lawbreakers, look at drivers going cross to you the next time you're waiting at a red light (as either a cyclist or pedestrian).

I like to count how many drivers have cell phones to their ears...which is, as you know, against the law in NY State.

In fact, unfortunately, I regularly count at least one while waiting. (This is approximately one out of five or nine.)

Don't hold me to the numbers...do your own observations.

David, who wonders why the city doesn't enforce this law in order to get more revenue

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Yogi (not verified)
It's not what they drive, but how they drive

"The worst drivers are–

The paceline plowing, farmers market crashing kind. Why are these people on the road?

Honorable mentions (just what I see on RSD- ""The safest street in Manhattan!"" )–

Jersey plated-late for work, parking spot searching, non-signaling, cell phone yaking, newspaper reading, double yellow line crossing, sees you coming and still door opening, honking and gunning pass, illegal U-turning w/ wrong light blinking, double parking, right side hugging, soot shpiling, 'larger vehicle than they need' driving kind.

Gave my car away this year"

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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
worst drivers

Per George Carlin...
   Everyone driving slower than you is an idiot.
   Everyone driving faster than you is a maniac.
Does this maxim apply to bicyclists, too...?!?

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Yogi on Bike (not verified)
Does this maxim apply to bicyclists, too...?!?

Yes, I once had a near T-bone collision with another cyclist on my commute. Then we ran many red lights arguing who was more at fault for breaking different traffic laws.

Sometimes we're both!

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Tom Laskey (not verified)
Roller Bladers Anyone? (nm)
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