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Old 07-12-07, 06:59 AM
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Frustrated...

Hey guys

The city next to my hometown is really going through some cyclist versus cagers hatred right now... as you can see by the daily poll on the city newspaper's website. http://www.lacrossetribune.com/

See, it all started last saturday when a cyclist was hit while desceding down a hill by a farm truck and trailer. The victim was side swipped and eventually hit the rear fender of the trailer causing him to go flying into the ditch. He had a concussion, broken vertebrae, and shattered ankle. The stinger of this whole thing is that the driver of the truck did not stop....it was a hit and run. But, luckily the victim was biking with friends and they had a great description of the vehicle and were able to catch the criminal.


Now....there's lots of hated going back and forth between cyclists and cagers in our town....makes me very frustrated...especially when no leaders back up cyclist's rights. It's enough to make me want to take a stand...who knows.


Initial story
http://www.lacrossetribune.com/artic...icyclist10.txt

Criminal Busted
http://www.lacrossetribune.com/artic...00hitrun11.txt

Check these articles out for more on this story and be sure to read the comments to the articles new the bottoms of the stories. I have to say that for the most part they are accepting of cyclists, but some make me wery.

Thank you for your interest.
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Old 07-12-07, 07:38 AM
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Wow, I'm happy they caught the guy, from the sounds of it, it may have been deliberate.

I always love reading newspaper comment threads when it's a biking story.

Originally Posted by FromTheCommentsOnTheSecondArticle
Have you ever seen where these bicyclist ride on the roads in the country? They think that they own the roads. Sometimes I have had to drive in the other side of the road to avoid these people on bikes. If there was a car coming the other way, there probably would have been an accident. Don't judge until you know all of the facts
Oh my god!!! Some times I have to pass a bike, and I do it in an unsafe manor, yet it's their fault, not mine!
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"Originally Posted by FromTheCommentsOnTheSecondArticle:
Have you ever seen where these bicyclist ride on the roads in the country? They think that they own the roads. Sometimes I have had to drive in the other side of the road to avoid these people on bikes. If there was a car coming the other way, there probably would have been an accident. Don't judge until you know all of the facts "

wow, this person should NOT be driving. they are willing to risk their own life by going into oncoming traffic to get around a bike?? holy moly. some cagers are duuuummmbbb....
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Old 07-12-07, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by acroy
they are willing to risk their own life by going into oncoming traffic to get around a bike?? holy moly. some cagers are duuuummmbbb....
No, they're not... if another car came around the corner they would take you out, and say you got what you deserved.

Most all of these *******s would gladly sacrifice you to get to the grocery store 10 seconds quicker.
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Originally Posted by JeffS
Most all of these *******s would gladly sacrifice you to get to the grocery store 10 seconds quicker.
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Someone posted this story in the road forum recently. I'm glad they caught the scumbag and I hope they throw the book at him.
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We had three bicycle-auto incidents on Monday and the same kind of ignorant comments on the stories. It makes your blood boil to read, but when I'm on the street drivers are fairly considerate. So while there may be a true problem regarding understanding of cyclists' rights, I don't necessarily regard the hostility purported by the mini-percentage of newspaper comment posters (which is a very small percentage of people already) to be the consensus of the general public.
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My wife is talking about writing a letter to the editor of our paper saying something like 'pay attention, you don't want to be the person standing over a biker's corpse saying 'I didn't see him'', and I'm thinking, they don't care, they won't mind. But she's more optimistic than me.
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Old 07-12-07, 06:47 PM
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Well, remember someone only got 16 years for killing two cyclist while under the influence of drugs and alcahol. Ahhh, only in Cincinnati.
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It seems that whenever a story like this comes out, the same 3 or 4 themes always come up in reader comments, as predictable as the sunrise. We have the same kind of thing in our papers. Pretty soon I'll be able to write all the comments myself!

I'm glad that the top result in the poll was that motorists and cyclists both share some of the blame, which I think is true. (In general, not always in specific situations.) However, it's not as good that the second top result was that cyclists should stay on paths where they belong. But then, these are not exactly scientific polls.
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I saw the same thing happen last year after a cyclist was killed by a hit and run driver. The forum discussion following the story on the local paper's website was full of posts supporting the local cyclists, but there were also many posts from militant drivers with the attitude that the "cyclist had no business being on the road", and "the cyclist got what she deserved". I guess these incidents bring them out of the woodwork.

At any rate stories and comments like these make me pull my head out of the sand and realize there are many drivers on the road who really think we shouldn't be on the roads. In the long run I suppose it makes me a safer cyclist, but it still annoys me when I read about it.
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