I'm never sure if I'm supposed to stay back, far enough that they have room on the road and face the anger of the cars in back of me as I roam slowly behind them or if my big mom van of a car will fit next to them. The thoughts that enter my head upon seeing a bicyclist, especially if there are two or more of them (though more than five is okay, because then I can legitimately hold back for the entire crew of cyclers) is always.. ugh, great.. stupid bicyclist... can't you find a trail or a bicycle lane? Then, once I am next to them, all I'm thinking is... I'm going to inadvertently kill them, oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!... Most of the time, I change lanes but being the careful driver (okay not the greatest) that I am, if I need to turn right soon, I cannot afford to change lanes now!
When I used to drive a navy Jetta (because let's be real, I thought that would make me the cool Asian girl who drove the white German car and yes, I have since smartened up and loyally returned to the Japanese cars with awesome A/Cs that are not dang lemons), I accidentally almost ran into a bicyclist (but I was only going about 5-10 miles because of West LA traffic trying to get onto the freeway during morning rush hour) and the bicyclist banged on the rear of my car and screamed, "Watch it!" I swear I didn't even see them. Oops. I tried to say sorry (okay, more like motion profusely through my illegally super tinted windows because again, I'm an LA suburb Asian and that's what we do) but I'm sure I just added to the growing stereotype of awful Asian drivers. Oh well. I'm okay with stereotypes that excuse me from stupidities.
Anyway.. the road is not a place for bicyclists. If you are a bicyclist and think so, then we can disagree. Find a trail. Go to the mountains. Just get out of my way.
Asian Girl who cannot drive at her ultimate best when you are bicycling near me.