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Old 04-14-09, 09:21 PM   #1
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How Come?

A firecracker was thrown at me out of a slow-moving car tonight.
Sometimes I have no hope at all.
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Old 04-14-09, 09:35 PM   #2
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Hopefully you were wearing a helmet!
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Old 04-14-09, 09:37 PM   #3
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Slow moving car == you should be able to get the license plate.
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Old 04-14-09, 09:38 PM   #4
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Dang! I'd prolly ***** my pants thinking I was being shot at.
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I hope you were able to throw it back before it went off .
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Yeah I had that happen to me a few years back. Went off close enough to mute my left ear for a bit. I wasn't able to catch up to them so no plate number. The local cops wouldn't have done a thing anyway. Don't let it get you down though. The positives of riding FAR outweigh the negatives.
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Old 04-15-09, 07:51 AM   #7
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Hopefully you filed a Police report. If you did not get the license plate, a good description of the car and partial of the occupants will at least give the police history if something more violent happens...
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Hopefully you filed a Police report. If you did not get the license plate, a good description of the car and partial of the occupants will at least give the police history if something more violent happens...
+2. Definitely file a police report. If they ever do it again, that would serve as evidence that they've done it before, and lead hopefully to the right people getting caught.
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Old 04-15-09, 08:42 AM   #9
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ah, well, no license plate, no description except that it was (I think) a bluish greenish volvo with some peeling bumper stickers up by the rear window. I was just minding my own business (with lots of groceries front-and-back), taking the left lane of a two-lane each way and thought they had just thrown a cigarette butt far ahead of me (no cause for alarm) because of the fuse. By the time I realized that it was a strangely stubborn cigarette, they were gone and I was ducking in fright (it was the kind that flies through the air a short way before popping - not a bottle rocket but that sort of idea).

I've been threatened and spit at before, and felt unsafe. I guess I should get a cell pone, but there doesn't seem to be a road rage (or even MADD?) hotline in New York or my county as far as I can tell. This seems more productive than a police report. I've never had a positive encounter with a policeman.

Even if they hadn't been gone when it went off, and it hadn't been night, I don't think I would have thought to write the plate down.

I think these sort of actions can tell us a lot about who we are, though. That's why I started this thread.
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Old 04-15-09, 08:45 AM   #10
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oh, and Uke: I always wear a helmet. I don't think that it protects me in any way from stupid, malicious, and careless people, but it's good in case I ever highside on a downhill again.
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Hopefully you were wearing a helmet!
One should always wear a helmet, on or off the bike, because one never knows when someone will throw a firecracker at you, or hit you with a baseball bat, or drop an anvil on your head or something.
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oh, and Uke: I always wear a helmet. I don't think that it protects me in any way from stupid, malicious, and careless people, but it's good in case I ever highside on a downhill again.
It did for me. If not for the helmet, I'd either be in a hospital or in the ground right now. And I'm serious.
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It did for me. If not for the helmet, I'd either be in a hospital or in the ground right now. And I'm serious.
What happened?
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What happened?
See my thread "assaulted while riding"
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I once had a Mercury van pass me too close for comfort, and then the side door opened and a very young teenager hurled an M-80 my way.

That thing looked like a stick of dynamite!

He missed by a good mark, though it really made a blast when it went off.

I got a good description of the van and the teens inside, as well as a partial plate. Called our men in blue ... who blew me off. Said there was nothing they could do.
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This is why I ride with grenades, throw one of those back.
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Old 04-16-09, 09:23 PM   #17
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TuckertonRR: wow. There's not much to be said about that. Glad you're okay.

SlimAgainSoon: that's an unacceptable response from the police, but I have a feeling that you understand why it's not surprising.

My question: why does this sort of thing seem to increase when the weather becomes nice and the snow melts off the ground? Can some drivers only see so many bicyclists "in the way" before they lose it? Perhaps some other reason or no relation at all. All I know is that I am much less often shouted at or buzzed when the roads are in poor condition and it's unpleasant out.
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