Before I get going here, I’m going post a video for your viewing pleasure. It features a recent confrontation between an idiot in a car, and a staunch cyclist.
I’d say these kind of things are rare, but that would be a lie.
The battle for the road between cyclists and motorists has only gotten worse over the past few years, with more than a few video on YouTube showing people getting hit, being knocked down, and cut off by motorists.
There are many drivers who hate the bike lanes, saying they take up more of the street, make things more difficult for them, as well as complaining that cyclists shouldn’t even be out during the winter. Cyclists aren’t without sin. They ride two wide when they should be single-file, they cross through intersections along the crosswalks for pedestrians, and some have even been seen to ignore the designated bike lane and ride in the street along with the cars.
Being a driver, as well as a truck driver for work, I’m not a fan of stupid drivers (which you may have noticed in previous blogs), but stupid cyclists are just as bad. And like their driving brethren, stupid cyclists can give the good, responsible cyclists a bad name.
The footage above only gives us a view of the confrontation, not what actually caused it or its aftermath, which, according to the cyclist, he was assaulted. But before all this started, I wonder if the cyclist did something genuinely stupid to piss off the driver. Even if he did, pushing the cyclist with his car was really frickin’ stupid.
What some stupid drivers don’t realize is that a 2500lb-or-so of vehicle used to attack a few hundred pounds of cyclist and bike is a lop-sided fight. Many times, it is the vehicle that wins and the cyclist that gets dead. A few years back, a group of cyclists were plowed into by some guy in a minivan. Thankfully, no one was killed, but the injuries they suffered will be with them for the rest of their lives. According to the article, the cyclists were single-file in their bike lane. How or why the driver ran into them wasn’t known, but leaving the scene only made things much worse for him. He got 2 years for his stupidity.
In the UK, court action against cyclists who ignore traffic signs has doubled in the last four years, according to an article in The Times. I’m sure every driver has seen cyclists do things they shouldn’t be doing, yet they easily get away with it because there seems to be no one going after them. Cyclists are supposed to be wearing helmets, but I’ve seen many without. Being on a bicycle means you are vehicle. But all drivers have seen a cyclist going from a “vehicle” to a “pedestrian” so they can go across the crosswalk and avoid the stop light. Others don’t even bother stopping for the stop light and just cruise through.
So what is the solution to these incidents? Sadly, nothing. It is up to the people to be more responsible with their actions and mindful of others.
But, as I’ve seen, drivers will continue to be selfish jackasses, along with some cyclists, both of which will ruin the reputations of those who aren’t jackasses.