Assault

My friend Blaine and I were assaulted this morning on the last leg of our bike ride.

On a small two lane road leading to my house, a car honked as he passed.  We waved as we usually do.  He said we flipped him the bird (not true).  He pulled off the road in front of us, popped his trunk and emerged with an 18 inch baton and immediately lunged at Blaine as he screamed obsenities.  He missed Blaine by inches.  Full swing.  I was proud that my friend did not get off his bike and pulverize this guy (he is very capable of doing so).  I called the sheriff, we filed a complaint and the guy was picked up within an hour.  He apologized, but felt it necessary to give us a bike safety lecture…which was unnecessary and unappreciated.  Finally, after a lengthy conversation, he apologized, we accepted and declined to press charges, although Blaine has up to a year to do so if he changes his mind.

Do you share the road with bicycle riders?  with other vehicles and pedestrians who have a right to the roads?

Here are two things you should know (there are many more things your should know but here are two things):

  1. People riding bicycles are people.  They have friends, family, jobs and are generally very nice people.  They are not debris in the roadway.
  2. People riding bicycles have a right to be on the road.  They have a right to be in the lane on some roads, especially roads that are narrow and there is no designated bicycle lane.  Oftentimes the shoulder or the right part of rural roads are dangerous for bicyclists.  They are not cleaned as often as city roads and are often filled with glass, garbage and gravel.  These are hazards for a bicyclist.  In order to avoid them and be safe, we need to get into the roadway.

In  accidents which include a car and a cyclist 90% are the fault of the motorist.  Often when cars hit cyclists, the driver of the car is not even cited, even when at fault.  As a cyclist for over 20 years, I find an inordinate amount of drivers are oblivious to cyclists, with a  large number of people being antagonistic toward cyclists.  I am at a loss as to why.  I hope you  aren’t one of them, and if you are one of them, I hope you refine your attitude.

I posted this video in a prior post, it is worth reposting.  Please watch.

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  • Ellen

    Whoa! I’m glad you are both ok. There are people out there that hate bicyclists. Reminds me of the logging truck driver that ran Greg off the road just south of Mendocino. Very scarey. Every time a logging truck passed us they’d flip us the bird…

  • YIKES! What is up with that. I truly don’t get it…