In this case, it’s not the after-effects of downing too many Jager-bombs or accidentally snorting your Gu. For cyclists and triathletes, buzzing is not a euphoria-inducing event.
Perhaps it’s a fear-inducing event, though.
What is buzzing? It’s the act of a car driving thisclose to a cyclist with the intention to scare them. Perhaps it’s a way for drivers to share some of their road rage. Perhaps it’s just kids being stupid. Sadly, this may also be what killed Florida cyclist Bryan Wrigley in a hit-and-run accident back in April. You can read my prior post about this tragic accident here.
A local Jacksonville TV station posted a report to their website today giving great details about buzzing, including a very clear graphic of how much space motorists must leave cyclists (in Florida, 3 feet). Click here to watch the video.
Far too many of us have experienced some sort of driver’s rage against cyclists – be it rude gesture, trash thrown at us, inattention, or whatever. Now we have to worry about yahoos “buzzing” us too.