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Being harassed while riding the roads

Old 03-29-21, 04:26 PM
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Here in Northern Virginia many of the roads have signage reminding cyclists to take the lane. Actually itís to remind drivers that bikes can take the lane.

Iím in Loudoun County where cycling is encouraged and most car drivers are at least bike aware and often bike friendly. They stop and wait at bike trail crossings, even accepting the derision of impatient drivers.
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Old 03-29-21, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by m2244 View Post
I had a similar discussion with a lady recently. We all know quite well what the term has come to mean in our society over the past couple of decades, and it isn't coal miners nor farmers.
Itís always been a pejorative for uneducated rural folks. Union coal miners adopted it for a very short period of time because they wore red neckerchiefs. Uninformed conservatives like to try and use it as a gotcha against liberals to try and paint them as anti-union.
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Old 03-30-21, 09:30 AM
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Imagine that. The OP gives a trolling rant about harassment, lumps the perps into a group for easy targeting, and then spurs us to argue with one another about who the boogie man really is. How'd that work out?

Next time, don't take the bait. We've met the bad guy, and he is us.
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Old 03-30-21, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Imagine that. The OP gives a trolling rant about harassment, lumps the perps into a group for easy targeting, and then spurs us to argue with one another about who the boogie man really is. How'd that work out?

Next time, don't take the bait. We've met the bad guy, and he is us.
Knee jerk: No I'm not!

After a moment's thought: good summary.
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Old 03-30-21, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Imagine that. The OP gives a trolling rant about harassment, lumps the perps into a group for easy targeting, and then spurs us to argue with one another about who the boogie man really is. How'd that work out?

Next time, don't take the bait. We've met the bad guy, and he is us.
Trolling rant??? I posted because of a couple idiots being idiots while I was riding.

I have never ridden the roads on a bicycle, so was just curious to see if others have been bothered while riding....or Iíve just had a spate of bad luck.
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Old 03-30-21, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by cbrstar View Post
I've always felt like it should be legal for Cyclists to travel against the flow of traffic on a highway as long as they are on the shoulder.
What happens when you encounter another cyclist riding in the opposite direction? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
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Old 03-30-21, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by GBK333
I yelled back to him to eff off.
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Now that I think about it, maybe one of those Australian clown horns you can hear from 200 meters is the way to go. Everybody's heard somebody scream an obscenity at him. But who wants to be on the receiving end of a super loud clown horn? I mean, besides deaf Australian clowns.
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Old 03-30-21, 04:07 PM
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Old 03-30-21, 06:37 PM
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yesterday a cyclist was coming my way in the bike lane near a tent city, i don't blame him for ignoring bike laws, least of his worries, so i checked the lane next to me to see if i could borrow it for a while as he passed. the lane was clear, i went out for a while, an SUV swerved from the lane next to me and came about a foot from me, obviously saying that he did not like cyclists hogging the road, even if he did have his own lane.

i caught him at the light and did nothing. he is spiritually sick, there is probably a reason for this, so i said a prayer for the poor sob and moved on. incident over, i have no resentment, i can enjoy my ride without guilt of hassling someone, without a physical confrontation, jail time, a law suit, bad karma, broken knuckles, a hospital bill,

don't let something freeze you in time .. my mind is occupied. no vacancy for outside BS.

got an unfair traffic ticket one time. made a court appointment. fought the case and won. but for 2 months, all that was on my mind was that stupid cop who tried to frame me. i could have been thinking about a million other nice things, but i choose to let myself be occupied with negative energy. i will never get those two months back, they are gone forever.

so our motto? cease fighting anyone or anything. that includes myself.

i remember once, after being tailgated real close, that i was gonna train every driver in the bay area with a brake check if they tailgate. let's see, how many drivers are there in the bay area, about 8 million? at 3 brake checks a day that will only take me 7,326 years. but i have to prove my point, what will my ego think of me?
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Old 03-30-21, 07:53 PM
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I agree with rydabent find a more bike friendly place to ride. I have a nice place close to home but I drive my car 30 minutes with my bike in the back to a much more suitable place it's much more enjoyable for me and definitely safer. make it easier on yourself.
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Old 03-30-21, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
What happens when you encounter another cyclist riding in the opposite direction? Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
Same thing when super fast cyclists come up on really slow cyclists traveling in the same direction. One pulls over and lets the other pass. Except on a Highway you will see them coming from miles away so there will be no surprises.
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Old 03-30-21, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by cbrstar View Post
Same thing when super fast cyclists come up on really slow cyclists traveling in the same direction. One pulls over and lets the other pass.
Who in the heck does that?
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Old 03-30-21, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
My wife and I debated what constitutes a close pass just this weekend. We both ride on roads regularly and exclusively.

The scenario was a straight, undulating, single lane road with no shoulder. Double yellow center stripe with a speed limit 45 mph and I'm driving. There are no other cars. As we approach a solo rider (who is keeping a nice smooth line just within the fog line), I coast to slow to 30 mph and give him about 3 feet and pass and then begin to accelerate again. Smooth.

My wife comments that I passed too closely, and that I should have moved into the oncoming lane (partially) to give him more room, as an unforeseen piece of debris or stone might've caused him to lurch sideways at the wrong moment. We continued to debate this for the next 5 minutes down the road, alternatively taking the viewpoint of both the rider and the driver. Neither of us yielded in the end.

I wonder what the solo rider thought about it. Likely nothing...

EDIT: To the OP, in 45+ years of riding, I've never been harassed as you just described. Maybe some changes for you are in order?
your wife was more right. Better to give a little extra room than too little. Besides the yellow line is not made of gold. Now tell her she has ally on the board.
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Old 03-30-21, 11:25 PM
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Get a bike rack and drive your bike to a nice safe place to ride. A minor inconvenience for your sanity and possibly avoiding a prison sentence for assault.
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Originally Posted by m2244 View Post
Well, when 80% (anecdotal statistic) of the discussions I've ever had regarding cyclists being put in danger/crowded/frightened have involved a person in a large truck and often with some sort of redneck pride declaration on their bumper, yeah, give me educated Lexus drivers every day of the week.
So cringeworthy
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Old 03-30-21, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by GBK233 View Post
Trolling rant??? I posted because of a couple idiots being idiots while I was riding.

I have never ridden the roads on a bicycle, so was just curious to see if others have been bothered while riding....or Iíve just had a spate of bad luck.
We get it OP.
You know nothing about riding on the road
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Old 03-31-21, 08:49 AM
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Originally Posted by m2244 View Post
I had a similar discussion with a lady recently. We all know quite well what the term has come to mean in our society over the past couple of decades, and it isn't coal miners nor farmers.
Still funny how some people have prostituted the word for their own use.
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Old 04-05-21, 11:40 AM
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I've been slapped in the ass once, run off the road and hit once with a hospital stay. Since then, I hardly ride. But when I do, I am hugging the curb and always share the road. That said, where I live, I find that the Senior Citizen Tour de' Bergen County peloton riders to be the most hoggish, "I'm not sharing the road" riders I've ever seen. I've come across them entirely blocking 2 lanes on a 4 lane road. I think both cyclists and motor vehicles need to learn to share the road and be courteous towards one another.
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Old 04-05-21, 11:53 AM
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My friend was killed by being struck by a truck mirror. Donít mess around.
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Old 04-05-21, 01:02 PM
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^ was this negligence, or vehicular assault? Were charges filed? This is the worst possible scenario...
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You mentioned a bicycle painted on the roadway...is that a sharrow, meaning bikes may take the full lane? Do you have that in NY? Also , we have a state law in Maine, motor vehicles passing a cyclist or pedestrian must give them minimum 3' clearance, and it is ok to cross center line to do so. If unable to cross center line because of oncoming motor vehicles, the motorist is supposed to slow and wait until it is safe to do so. Do you have such a law? If so, the mirror incident should be reported to police. I never got a helmet camera, but I can see the utility in having one.
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Life in Baltimore, Maryland

https://www.wbaltv.com/article/teen-...case/20088958#

Robert Ponsi was murdered, two teens were "sentenced" to a total of eight years. Currently all are back on the streets.

To hear that one of my cyclist friends has been beaten and robbed is getting almost commonplace.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
^ was this negligence, or vehicular assault? Were charges filed? This is the worst possible scenario...
The driver, an ex cop driving a large truck, was charged with negligent homicide but acquitted by a jury. His attorney argued that my friend could have veered into him despite witnesses to the contrary. He was the safest cyclist Iíve known as well as an all-around decent human being.
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Old 04-05-21, 02:59 PM
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I ignore the mouth breathing four wheelers. Ne need to feed the road rage.
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I was in a group ride and we were on the bike trail about 18ft from the road. A car drives by and throws a water bottle at us. There are some very unhappy people out there.
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