Joe_sixpack: That’s a pretty unusual reaction - I think most of us would blame the driver, and some will do so even if it’s their own fault. Myself, I often first get confused and apologize, but later realize that I’ve done nothing wrong (from my point of view, of course ;). Heh, that’s when I start blaming others.)
Well, I’m glad that you’re safe and the driver seemed very nice - trying to learn from one’s mistake is something everyone should learn to do.
Now it’s time to share my own experiences. I’m a relative new rider, bought my first uni more than a month ago. I know my own limits (and sometimes test them when there’s no one around), but riding “normally” isn’t any problem for me.
Some weeks ago, when I was riding to the right on a small path, I heard someone shouting “OooOOooOWooaaah!” behind me. Thinking it must be someone trying to scare me, I just ignored it. But suddenly, a postman on a bicycle appeared right beside me, riding pretty fast (much faster than me on my uni). When he’d pasted me, he turned around and yelled “Watch out!”. I was perplexed. Today, I still haven’t figured out what he meant.
This evening another strange thing happened. Here, unicycling is considered as walking - the cars should stop when you’re crossing a road (when there’s a crosswalk). Even if I know that, most of the drivers obviously don’t - and that’s why I often jump off the uni before crossing a road. But there are drivers that are nice and stop.
Today when I was going to cross the road the car on the left side slowed down. I took the opportunity to cross the road, but then the car (which hadn’t completely stopped) suddenly honked. To me it didn’t seem like a nice honk nor an attempt to scare me - it was more like “Hey stupid guy on stupid bike, what the **** are you doing making me stop?!”
It seems some people get angry just because I ride a uni. A bicyclist a while ago muttered something about “Well, can’t you at least ride on the right side?”. Yeah right, says the person who forced me to give way and rode where bicycles aren’t recommended…
Conclusion: Even if you know you’re right, you can’t be sure how others think. Be on guard when riding in traffic and always put your safety first.