I've had a spurt of bad traffic experiences this past week.
Friday morning, Market and 10th, I enter a crosswalk, as a bicyclist pulls up behind. He suddenly veers into an intercept course, aiming at me rather than ahead of me or behind me. I stop and brace, cane outstretched to absorb any shock. He says he was trying to cut behind me, but would have had to have passed within 18 inches to do so.
A few days later, JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park, not crowded. A father is taking his son for a bicycle ride. No cars are parked alongside, so I take the roadway, ceding the sidewalk to them. The father drives along the middle, then looks down at his bag and veers at me, threatening to jump in the street and strike me. I was burrito-addled and did not respond quickly... more amazed that someone would send such signals than responsive.
Two hundred feet later I'm back on the sidewalk, curbside, and a bicyclist rides toward me in the street, then veers into a curb cut to enter a path into the park. Nine-inch clearance. Again, I was too surprised to raise the cane up to break impact, but I did yell at him that he should have at least signalled his intent. (The day before, good friend Steve Wolkoff had been killed by a drunk reckless driver in San Mateo.)
Today, crossing Duboce at Sanchez, a cab driver accelerates hard into the intersection as I'm crossing it. That sound, of a racing engine... no need for it, no need for him to demand that attention and adrenaline surge from others. It ended up taking more time to get through the intersection than if he hadn't been a freak.
Bikers... you really don't want to aggress against a guy with a stick. We can stop you instantly, just poking at your spokes. There's no need for aggression.
And car-drivers... when so many don't even use a turn signal... something's really basically wrong.