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    Columnist writes about intentionally running 6 cyclists off the road

    http://www.cyclelicio.us/2011/kyra-g...ers-and-bikes/

    http://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2011...deadly-weapon/

    Several thoughts:

    1. The writer is apparently an equestrian in Oroville, CA and a fairly prolific writer -- likely to be well know in that community. I can envision mailing to other equestrians a copy of her article along with a letter asking if it would be OK to intentionally spook horses if they are slowing us down or if we find their riders to be peculiarly dressed. I can't take the time to do this, but if someone wanted to take the idea and run with it ...

    2. She may already be starting to feel the heat -- the article has been taken down from the newspaper's website.

    3. Her article is of value to the cycling community because she is putting into words what some other less vocal drivers probably feel -- rage at cyclists who take the lane. We don't have to accept or agree with it, but we'd be wise to know that it occurs and probably more frequently than we'd like to think.

    4. I think that from a risk mitigation perspective, we need to understand that when we take the lane to prevent unsafe passing, we also increase the risk that some drivers will become enraged and act upon it, immediately or in the future. We may be in the right from a legal perspective, but I'm addressing the risk equation.

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    It is sad people like her exist, but like you say her type is probably more common than we like to imagine. I get nervous when I am on a busy road or even out in the middle of nowhere and hear cars coming behind me.

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    The article was sufficiently offensive that the paper took it down. The comments are still up though.

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    That article sounds like a confession. Hopefully local law enforcement is pursuing charges. If she really did that and then wrote about it she truly is genuinely stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post
    That article sounds like a confession. Hopefully local law enforcement is pursuing charges. If she really did that and then wrote about it she truly is genuinely stupid.
    +1, so much for the common sense she emphatically speaks about.

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    Whoops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iconicflux View Post
    Just reading the comments at that link, I am not surprised with the disgust for writer of the article.

    I hope the writer gets' fired from her job, and investigated by the police.

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    The best thing about freedom of speech is you get to hear what people really think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daves_Not_Here View Post

    Several thoughts:

    1. The writer is apparently an equestrian in Oroville, CA and a fairly prolific writer -- likely to be well know in that community. I can envision mailing to other equestrians a copy of her article along with a letter asking if it would be OK to intentionally spook horses if they are slowing us down or if we find their riders to be peculiarly dressed. I can't take the time to do this, but if someone wanted to take the idea and run with it ...

    2. She may already be starting to feel the heat -- the article has been taken down from the newspaper's website.

    3. Her article is of value to the cycling community because she is putting into words what some other less vocal drivers probably feel -- rage at cyclists who take the lane. We don't have to accept or agree with it, but we'd be wise to know that it occurs and probably more frequently than we'd like to think.

    4. I think that from a risk mitigation perspective, we need to understand that when we take the lane to prevent unsafe passing, we also increase the risk that some drivers will become enraged and act upon it, immediately or in the future. We may be in the right from a legal perspective, but I'm addressing the risk equation.
    Taking the risk equation into account, that is why I 'take the lane', so if a driver had murderous intentions, they wouldn't be able to do it without a lot of people seeing them do it. I have seen(not physically with my eyes) too many times where a motorist makes the age-old excuse of 'I didn't see him/her', when talking to the cops, after injuring/killing a cyclist.

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    Not a very bright columnist. I think she's an imbecile.

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    lol. The lady riding going competing in horse shows thinks cyclists spend too much money on recreation.

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    She is despicable. I hope that the police find the victims and put her in prison given that she published her confession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post
    That article sounds like a confession. Hopefully local law enforcement is pursuing charges. If she really did that and then wrote about it she truly is genuinely stupid.
    The really entertaining part will be seeing how many cyclists come forward. Kinda like a bus crash; suddenly there are about 300 people saying they were on that 60 passenger bus that was nearly empty just before the wreck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post
    That article sounds like a confession. Hopefully local law enforcement is pursuing charges. If she really did that and then wrote about it she truly is genuinely stupid.
    I'm no expert in law, and even less in California law, but I don't think that an admission of something like this will excite the police too much. It will take the cyclists coming forward along with this admission that might make them pursue some kind of justice. But the last part of what you said holds true regardless.

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    As a fellow motorist, I take exception that she's driving her horses around. My assumption is they were on a farm before she loaded them up, why not ride them where they are ? Why waste everyone else's time driving them around on the highway/roads ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadawdy View Post
    lol. The lady riding going competing in horse shows thinks cyclists spend too much money on recreation.
    And, thinks they wear funny clothes:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikepro View Post
    The best thing about freedom of speech is you get to hear what people really think.
    +1. As an added bonus, it allows idiots to save us the trouble of identifying them.
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    It would be hilarious if a faster moving vehicle came up and pushed her and her horse trailer off the road.

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    Here is the original article http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...www.google.com

    At least until Google updates its cache.
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    Not totally unrelated but my Facebook status update from yesterday:

    Mr. Ironic coming from the opposite direction hauling a boat with ten motorist stuck behind, to me (with no other cars in my lane in sight) "Get off the road.", Like ya I'm the greater inconvenience to traffic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daves_Not_Here View Post
    http://www.cyclelicio.us/2011/kyra-g...ers-and-bikes/

    http://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2011...deadly-weapon/

    Several thoughts:

    1. The writer is apparently an equestrian in Oroville, CA and a fairly prolific writer -- likely to be well know in that community.
    Based on my experiences in and around Oroville and working with students from Oroville, I would say that writing is not a good way to get well known in that community. It didn't seem like many of the people who could read did it very often.

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    Two days ago a woman threw a raging fit when I pulled up next to her on the right. I was waiting for traffic to clear just like she was, but my being there prompted her to pull out into the intersection while screaming something about bicycles. Not only was this crazy as all get out, she nearly got hit by cross traffic when she attempted to"get ahead"of me. As I said,I only came next to her,I didn't even take over the lane.

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    Guess she feels safe from prosecution after publicly admitting to doing this. Lets circulate it and hope one of the cyclist recognize her and press charges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electrik View Post
    Guess she feels safe from prosecution after publicly admitting to doing this. Lets circulate it and hope one of the cyclist recognize her and press charges.
    +1000

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