I had an incident on the way to work today that still has me flabbergasted and this very moment. The scene was Plenty Rd at 3:50pm, which is during peak hour after-school traffic, heading northwards just after passing La Trobe University. As you may know, this is a three lane road. I was riding in the far right hand lane and, given the traffic, each lane was fairly full. Traffic was moving at between 60 and 70 ks and hour (70k limit). Given that I was in the far right hand lane, I was riding in the left-hand wheel track to deter cars on my left from seeing a gap in traffic that they could potentially merge into. So there I was merrily riding along with a car behind me and a car in front. I look over to the left, thinking about possibly of switching lanes, and do a head check over my left shoulder to scan the situation there, and then turn back to the front having decided that there’s no point in changing lanes. At this point I am surprised to see that the car behind me in my lane has accelerated and is now sharing my lane right beside me in the tight space between my bike and the centre strip! I am in line with the front passenger window, their car about a foot or less away from my handlebar, both of us doing 60-70ks! And the driver is not overtaking me, because there is of course a car in front – she’s just sitting there sharing my lane. Shocked, I quickly move left into the next lane, where there is thankfully some space, then once safe I hit the horn, accelerate a bit and turn around and start giving a big dose of the “What the ****? Are you insane?” body language. For a few minutes I was absolutely fuming. I wanted to filter up to her at the next lights to have a quick word but I was so hyped that I was worried about whether or not I could safely rejoin traffic when the lights went green (definitely didn’t want to pull in front of her). What really gets me is just how stupid this really was. I mean, I can understand when people pull out in front of you or start merging from another lane into you. Of course they should have looked, or looked harder, but it’s easy to understand how it occurs. This driver, on the other hand, was right behind me for some time – she knew I was there and made a knowing decision to come forward into my space. What was she thinking? The way I see it, there are two possibilities: -She noticed me doing a head check to the left and thought this meant that I was going to change lanes (Ofcourse, I do head checks all the time without wanting to change lanes because I have a weird quirk where I like to actually know what is going on around me). Furthermore, she somehow thought that this meant that it was ok to drive right up beside me before I had changed lanes or even begun indicating. -She figured that bikes ride between lanes all the time, surely I wouldn’t mind? Either way, this is definitely one of the stupidest acts I have encountered on the road. Bikes change lane position all the time and there was practically no space separating me and her car (Plenty road doesn’t have unusually wide lanes). The other thing that gets me, perhaps even more than the stupidity, is that as I was gesturing to her (“What were you thinking?”) she did not even look at me. She just sat there with her eyes fixed straight ahead, with no apology or acknowledgement whatsoever than any sort of error had occurred or that I was even addressing her. I mean come on, if you’re going to do something extremely dangerous, at least have the decency to admit it afterwards. I only wish that I had a helmet camera so that I got the whole thing on record.