Boy do we need suggestions
The rage against cyclists is going the wrong direction. Its getting worse here in mid Michigan. In the span of 7 days two of our club rides have experienced road rage. In the first incident, on a virtual minimal traffic back road, a motorist passed the group and immediately put on the brakes to an almost stop. In the chaos the resulted 2 riders went down, but fortunately no major injuries but one bike was damaged beyond rideability. The motorist shouted something about "you cannot ride two abreast. Its the state law". We did not get a license plate number but did file a police report and have the car pretty well described.
In the second instance and again on a less traveled back road a motorist started laying on the horn about a 1/4 mile back, passed the group in a brush by (very close), stopped at a stop sign and started hollering at the group. The club members did not engage this person and kept going. Again we did not get a license, but in this case we should have been able to do so. But a decent car description was made.
How do we get road rage eliminated or at least minimized. We believe from what we have seen that things are getting worse. Is it the economy that is P------ ing people off or what? We have a very active club and are willing to meet with police, sheriff, community leaders and do what is necessary.
I just recently spent a week in the hill country of Texas and it is just a joy compared to here at home. Most drivers actually initiate a salutatory wave to you on the back roads. Maybe they are proud of Lance. I don't know but what a difference.
Suggestions needed for our club on this isssue.
Tri City Cyclists- Midland Michigan