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    I was riding my bike to pick up my grade-school son at school today. It was a beautiful day with the fall leaves blowing around. I was on a lonely residential street at 3:00 PM just enjoying my ride completely.

    Then, a big Chevy blazer pulls right up behind me just about 1/2 inch from the rear of my bike and blasts his horn long and loud.

    I look back at him and he pulls beside me, rolls down his window and starts swearing at me telling me to ride on the sidewalk and get off the rode. I told him bikes have the right to be on the rode. He kept swearing and using the "F" word. I told him to review his driverfs manual or go take drivers education again. He flipped me off and swore and drove off.

    Guess where he went - you guessed it. He drove right to the small Catholic school where my son goes and he waited to pick up his kid. Of course, I did not know this guy and had not recognized him from before.

    Jeez, I thought, this will be awkward. I better get this behind us, so I saw the guy waiting by the school door, went up to him and said, "look, we got off on the wrong foot, let's make amends". He swore at me some more and told me to get out of his face.

    At the point of the car/bike incident, I took his license plate number and had full intention of calling the cops. Now that I find his child goes to the same small school, I am hesitant to call the cops.

    What do you think? Call the cops, not call the cops? Forget about it? What?

    Mike


    [Edited by mike on 10-20-2000 at 06:23 PM]
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    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
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    Call the cops for sure

    You should certainly call the cops and have something done about this tosser. To be honest I'm amazed you even tried to make amends with him (I wouldn't have bothered as the motoring primate is a lesser species than the human being).

    And if it happens again, report it again. If anything happens to your son at that school, make a formal complaint about that one too. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. This imbecile has absolutely no right to behave in the way he did.

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    That's just naaaasty. Primate is a good word there. I really have to commend you for trying to make amends. I too wouldn't have tried. Most situations like this don't end in having to meet the person face to face. That's somehow the protection psychotic motorists have out there. They feel they can do what they want because unless your a cop you will probably never see the psycho again. I would have expected the guy to react differently once he was out of his Blazer and back in the real world.
    I say call the cops and explain the situation and give them the licence plate #. I can think of a whole bunch of other ideas that come to mind when it comes to his vehicle but I don't think it would be very constructive.

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    What that guy displayed is now called "Road Rage" it's illegal in most states I believe. Jerks like him don't belong behind the wheel. Report him before he kills someone.
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    Boy, I tell you, I have really been struggling with this one over the weekend. I still haven't called the cops and am wondering if it is too late anyway.

    I talked with my neighbors who also send their kids to the same school. They were sympathetic and also said I should call the cops.

    In the end, though, the general concensus was that I should stop bicycle commuting and join the main stream. "Drive your car, for God's sakes. Bicycling is, well, kinda for weirdos anyway..." was one of the comments.
    Mike

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    Psychos among us...

    My advice to you is: Call the police. Today. Relate the story, just the facts, and give 'em the vehicle's description and tag number. You won't make any friends doing that, but then, you already tried making friends... and that didn't work. You are RIGHT. He is WRONG.

    (Actually, I'd be tempted to lay in ambush and shoot him, but that's just me...)

    I had a similar encounter with a Cadillac driving man who was far too mature... 70? 75?... to be carrying on and cursing in this manner. I was riding to the store, and this speeding ONCOMING Cadillac passed a slower car... and was coming at me, in what to the driver must've looked like an empty oncoming lane. He swerved that big boat when he did finally see me, and almost hit the car he was passing. I smiled and waved as he passed... full hand wave, too, not just a single finger. That's my "thank you for not squashing me like a bug" wave.

    A bit shaken, I pressed on. Then I heard a car coming up behind me...

    He had turned around to chase me down and actually tried to nudge me off the road, windows down, hollering like some senile mental patient. Our encounter ended in a shopping center parking lot. He parked and approached me as I was locking up my bike.

    Now I'm over fifty, but he was easily my father's age... so I didn't exactly maintain a defensive posture...

    He was still hot, though. I got the standard "Stay off the road, it's for cars, there's not enough room, we can't see you..." lecture, and although he wasn't as hostile on foot as he was in his De Ville, he was clearly RIGHT, and I was WRONG.

    I walked over to his car and looked at the license tag. Then, as he watched, I pulled a ballpoint out of my fanny pack and wrote: "Blue Cadillac S. De Ville, GA tag XXX-YYY,
    elderly male driver." on my left forearm.

    "Why did you do that?" He wanted to know.

    "If I get run over and squashed on the way home, the authorities will come 'round and ask you a few questions about it."

    He followed me inside and practically begged me to wash it off.

    Funny thing... I see him in traffic from time to time. I wave to him, he waves back. Weird. And a bit unnerving.


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    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
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    You know, Cambronne, It's amazing how the testosterone levels of motiring primates decrease as soon as they realise that you do actually have some form of retribution for their actions (i.e. calling the cops). Why can't they just grow up a bit and stop trying to be Mr Spanky whenever they are behind the wheel of a smogbox. Radfahren uber alles.

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    Mike, I love ya! Hey, do it for all of us out here who couldn't get the license number of the last person who tried to push us around. Show them all they can't get away with it.

    Sometimes turning the other cheek means standing up for yourself without fear of being struck again while maintaining proper dignity.
    Last edited by LittleBigMan; 04-27-01 at 02:24 PM.

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    Originally posted by mike
    Then, a big Chevy blazer pulls right up behind me just about 1/2 inch from the rear of my bike and blasts his horn long and loud.

    I look back at him and he pulls beside me, rolls down his window and starts swearing at me telling me to ride on the sidewalk and get off the road. I told him bikes have the right to be on the rode. He kept swearing and using the "F" word. I told him to review his driver's manual or go take drivers education again. He flipped me off and swore and drove off. What do you think? Call the cops, not call the cops? Forget about it? What?

    Mike
    People like this need a good spanking.

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    It seems as if motorist just have too much pent up energy. Hence, the wonderful world of biking. If I have a bad (or just boring) day at work, all that I have to do is walk outside, get on the bike and start pedaling. Before I know it, I have forgotten about work and am enjoying a beautiful ride home.

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    Call the cops. You sound like you handled this much more civily than I would have. Think of the example he is teaching his child.

    Next time you could (this is purely hypothetical ) take your fist and bang on the side of his car, then demand to know why he hit you by riding so close and tell him you are calling the cops for an accident report. Probably put him in a state of panic when he knows you are legally on the road.

    Of course, these days w/ road rage it could also turn into a violent confrontation, so I don't recommend this. Just like thinking out loud sometimes.
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