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SnowJob 07-18-13 09:10 PM

Local blog advocates blinding cyclists with homemade pepper spray.
 
Yeah. This is ****ed up.

The blogger predictably complains about cyclists getting in his way and slowing him down, then writes:

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Back in my formative years we had a way of dealing with these blank shooting self-righteous ass clowns. It involved cold water, hot sauce, and the good old green and yellow pump action Super Soaker 50. Fill that bad boy up with the appropriate concoction, pile a few of your buddies into a mini van equipped with a well lubricated sliding door[. . .] Patiently scout your surroundings, be sure to check for witnesses, and, when the time is right, slide open the door and pull up along side your prey. Yell something like, “HEY SWEET TITS” or “YOU’RE NOT LANCE!” to get his attention.

When he looks over, blast him in the face from two or three barrels filled with the potion then race off before he has the chance to flush his eyes and get a glimpse of your plates. Serves him right!
Sure, it's probably just the flaccid writings of a disturbed mind, but a few days ago this happened:

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My wife was biking south on Minnehaha today (Saturday, July 6) around 4:15 p.m. when she encountered a bicyclist crawling on the boulevard and saying he was blind and needed water.

My wife stopped to assist the man, as did some nearby residents, and she gathered that somebody had thrown some liquid at the man, presumably from a passing vehicle -- though the vehicle part is merely an assumption on my part.
Please visit the asshat blogger's website at http://dtfanatics.com/urban-safari/ and let him know how you feel.

gcottay 07-18-13 09:13 PM

I'd make local law enforcement aware of the blog entry. Chances of any remedial action being taken are small but greater than zero.

dynodonn 07-18-13 09:32 PM

I haven't been shot at with water for many years now, and by a car load of teens having compressed air/plain water fire extinguishers.

It would be interesting if the blogger and the cyclist's incident were proven to be connected.

gna 07-18-13 10:07 PM

Language Warning (NSFW): http://www.******.com/r/cycling/comm...s_on_cyclists/

It appears the police have been notified.

The most infuriating part is that the blogger pulled the post with a sort-of apology, then posted it back up again.

DX-MAN 07-18-13 11:30 PM

There's a certain testicularly-challenged blogger who needs to take an extra minute from his day job on his knees, and thank whatever he worships that there aren't more people on bikes that would actually "look him up". . . .

Worknomore 07-19-13 04:30 AM

It is unfortunate is that when, sooner or later, one way or another, people like the blogger receive their comeuppance, they then become the very visible "victim".

ItsJustMe 07-19-13 06:37 AM

While they're checking for witnesses, they should also check for video cameras.

Also, where does this "self righteous" stuff come from? I've never experienced it. I think these people must be projecting it from their own assumptions or guilt.

bikecrate 07-19-13 07:14 AM

Outnumber your victim. Launch a blindside attack. Run away.

What a brave guy. :rolleyes:

delcrossv 07-19-13 07:50 AM

So much for "Minnesota nice".

howsteepisit 07-19-13 08:53 AM

Pretty much demonstrates why I find the entire blog universe unimpressive.

KonAaron Snake 07-19-13 09:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ItsJustMe (Post 15866643)
While they're checking for witnesses, they should also check for video cameras.

Also, where does this "self righteous" stuff come from? I've never experienced it. I think these people must be projecting it from their own assumptions or guilt.

Maybe they read posts here - many of which are self righteous.

CB HI 07-19-13 07:13 PM

Blog response:
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Becky
July 2, 2013 at 11:22 am
Scott, you must bee the lance wannabe prick this post is taking about…if you don’t understand how cyclist monopolizing a road built for cars, then you’re obviously clueless as to how it possess a danger to yourself and motorists alike. Cars have for wheels bikes have two. Pretty simple.
:lol: And this is an example of one fine motorist.

mconlonx 07-20-13 08:02 AM

I'm glad even moron bloggers have first amendment protections.

genec 07-20-13 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by CB HI (Post 15869046)
Blog response:
:lol: And this is an example of one fine motorist.

And obviously a mental giant too... "Cars have for wheels bikes have two..."

degnaw 07-20-13 09:20 AM

"For" wheels good... Two wheels bad...

alhedges 07-20-13 10:50 AM

I'm surprised he spelled "two" correctly - it's tricky with that silent "w".

(Oh, wait, spell check!)

Chris516 07-20-13 12:29 PM

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Originally Posted by gcottay (Post 15865935)
I'd make local law enforcement aware of the blog entry. Chances of any remedial action being taken are small but greater than zero.

One of the bloggers already did:

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Betsy Pavlica
July 8, 2013 at 8:10 am
Does hurting someone – potentially seriously – give you a “little ego hummer”?

Does yelling “sweet tits” at some woman make you feel like a bigger man?

Maybe you should get your ass out of your minivan with “well lubricated sliding doors” and onto a bike.

PS – I’ve shared your blog with the Mpls PD in the case they receive any complaints from cyclists being harassed in an ******* in a minivan.

Chris516 07-20-13 12:32 PM

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Originally Posted by CB HI (Post 15869046)
Blog response:
:lol: And this is an example of one fine motorist.

Yeah, Becky(blog post you quoted) really doesn't know the rules of the road

Chris516 07-20-13 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ItsJustMe (Post 15866643)
While they're checking for witnesses, they should also check for video cameras.

Also, where does this "self righteous" stuff come from? I've never experienced it. I think these people must be projecting it from their own assumptions or guilt.

If you are referring to reactions' from motorists' i.e. being spit at, sprayed with water, yelled at, or a motorist intentionally trying to run a cyclist off the road; I have experienced all that. I wish I had a video camera for my rides. But none of it has made me slow down, swerve to avoid, or crash.

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Originally Posted by delcrossv (Post 15866848)
So much for "Minnesota nice".

I agree. Yet it goes back to 'nice', apart from the miscreants like this. When I lived in Minnesota, I rarely experienced any hostility towards cyclists'. Maybe that was because I lived in Duluth, instead of MSP. Where the only 'insolent' traffic I ever saw, but not encountered, was when I would see the traffic on I-35, as I was crossing over it.

SnowJob 07-20-13 02:49 PM

Thanks for all the responses fellow bikelovers. The blog post in question has been reported to the local police--in response to the blinding attack on the cyclist quoted in my OP. It's always shocking to read angry posts like this that advocate violence. Some people never grow up and maintain that "ME ME ME" teenage attitude their whole lives. It's ****ing pathetic, really.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that cycling in the Twin Cities is generally a very safe thing to do. Drivers are generally respectful toward us, sometimes verging on the comical (I.e. Stopping at an intersection where the cyclist has a stop sign and trying to wave the cyclist through). You get the ******bag assclown driver here and there, but that's true anywhere. Like I said, some people will never grow up. My only hope is that they catch whoever assaulted the cyclist and punish the mother****er harshly. Though I am not holding my breath.

JoeyBike 07-20-13 04:11 PM

Over the years I have been the "victim" of all sorts of azzhattery from passing motorists. I am always grateful when they "assault" me with water, soda, M&Ms, firecrackers, verbiage, horns, or other relatively harmless teenage projectiles. However, I am a fairly hardened dude on a bike and very unlikely to lose control and crash from such light firepower. I think other cyclists may fair more poorly which is why, in Louisiana, ejecting anything from a moving vehicle towards another motorist, pedestrian, cyclist is a pretty serious offense and is likely to be rewarded with some jail time.

I have been running a video camera up front during every moment on a bike since last summer. So far no one has done anything foolish on purpose. Hot sauce squirted into my eyes will not be taken lightly and I hope their parents are rich.

gpsblake 07-23-13 12:09 AM

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Originally Posted by SnowJob (Post 15871031)
Thanks for all the responses fellow bikelovers. The blog post in question has been reported to the local police

Thank you. I've never ridden my bike in Minneapolis but everything I have read indicates it is a wonderful place to ride a bike and the city has done a wonderful job to promote cycling.

street_sweeper 07-23-13 12:23 AM

well what i am having trouble understanding is that are cyclists that bad? like i have not had any negative experiences with cyclists while i am driving and many of the times that i have had close calls on a bike is because of the motorists rather than me. I see far more stupidity on the road from people that make careless decisions in cars not on bikes.

Chris516 07-23-13 03:45 AM

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Originally Posted by street_sweeper (Post 15878714)
well what i am having trouble understanding is that are cyclists that bad? like i have not had any negative experiences with cyclists while i am driving and many of the times that i have had close calls on a bike is because of the motorists rather than me. I see far more stupidity on the road from people that make careless decisions in cars not on bikes.

It sounds like you are wavering between citing bad drivers, or accusing cyclists' outright.

skijor 07-23-13 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by degnaw (Post 15870260)
"For" wheels good... Two wheels bad...

Whoever has the most wheels wins? Next target...those annoying pedestrians. Moms pushing baby strollers must leave him very conflicted.


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