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    Junior Member Sonicfish's Avatar
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    I did exactly the wrong thing...

    I was out for a ride this morning with a group of 4 guys and was almost run over by a passing cube van. The section of road of road I was on is marked with a bike lane we were all in single file. The driver drifted over to the point where I was up against the curb and barrier on my right and the cube of the van was a couple inches off my left shoulder. They guys behind were screaming that it was close.. ah, yes it was.

    I caught the van at the next light and pounded on the passenger side window and flipped the driver the bird, followed by a string of expelatives. Nothing became of it, fortunately, but as I rode on I began to think, "What the hell was I doing!". It could have easily grown to a bigger situation that I wouldn't be prepared for. Not to mention in a city that just recently had a taxi driver in an altercation with a cyclist drive ahead 30 feet stop throw his car in reverse and back over the cyclist. The cyclist lost his leg,.. the cab drove off but turned himself in 6 hrs later. Awfully good of him.

    Cooler heads prevail..

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    It is so easy to let your emotions run away with you in a situation like this. In Oregon there is a mechanism by which citizens can originate a traffic complaint, even if a law enforcement officer did not witness the infraction. In your situation, since there were witnesses, I would have just had my day in court.

    Another alternative that I have used is when the motorist is operating a commercial vehicle. A sternly worded rebuke to the company is very effective, since if there is a tort the company will be paying the compensation.

    I admit I have also confronted motorists. It can feel good, but keep in mind there is a small but real possibility that if you do this you may face the wrong end of a semiautomatic weapon or worse.
    When was the last time a bicyclist fell asleep at the wheel and killed a family of four? It's the motorists that are the problem.

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    Junior Member Sonicfish's Avatar
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    Closest thing we have in Ontario to what you have in Oregon is the ability to file a complaint with the police and they will send a letter to the offending driver that goes on their record. At least that's the it works if the victim is in a car. Not sure if it applies to incidents involving a cyclist.. guess I should find out for next time!

    You have to keep more on guard I think in the winter months, since drivers aren't really expecting you out there. That's excusing the drivers, but it's a defensive stance for the cyclist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicfish View Post
    "What the hell was I doing!".
    I had a similar reaction last week. Not pretty, but now you probably can keep your cool for the next 1000 knuckleheads.

    Don't be too hard on yourself for being human.
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    I know the feeling. I tend to get temperamental with people passing too close, as well. It's difficult to avoid an outburst, especially if you get an adrenaline rush from a close call. Trouble is, I've noticed if I show anger, sometimes it's just the reaction they want, and then they laugh at me. Aargh.
    What do you call a cyclist who sells potpourri on the road? A pedaling petal-peddler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicfish View Post
    ..."What the hell was I doing!"...
    That's just your hockey temper in the heat of the moment.

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    A PI (even the cheapie on line ones) can often trace the plate number.

    A snickers bar dropped in the tank will melt in, sometimes leaving enough residue to contaminate a cleaned tank.

    Valve grinding compound squeezed into the AT fill tube and washed down will do well. Also a hit with the top end if squeezed liberally into the oil filler port.

    In the alternative, a civil suit for assault can be an eye opener for some.

    Confrontation isn't generally a good thing unless one is fully prepared for the consequences. Which can be criminal, civil, medical, or fatal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandovoodoo View Post
    A PI (even the cheapie on line ones) can often trace the plate number.

    A snickers bar dropped in the tank will melt in, sometimes leaving enough residue to contaminate a cleaned tank.

    Valve grinding compound squeezed into the AT fill tube and washed down will do well. Also a hit with the top end if squeezed liberally into the oil filler port.

    In the alternative, a civil suit for assault can be an eye opener for some.

    Confrontation isn't generally a good thing unless one is fully prepared for the consequences. Which can be criminal, civil, medical, or fatal.

    Destruction of property is a juvenile response.

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