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saw a terrible example of cyclist-harassment today(7 posts)

saw a terrible example of cyclist-harassment todaynamir in SoCal
May 29, 2002 8:43 PM
So I was driving to the trolley station in San Diego this morning, on my way to work. A cyclist in a yellow jersey was riding on the outside of the bike lane. He crossed over into the traffic lane and a blue Jeep Grand Cherokee began honking and driving slowly behind him. The rider then swung across a few lanes of empty traffic to get away, and the SUV followed, acting threatening and honking. The guy looked out-and-out terrified, swerving all over the place as he turned around to see if the car was still follwoing him. Eventually the Jeep backed off as the rider got away, but it was bad. It was horrible to watch, as I couldn't get out of my car to help-- they were already too far down the road, and I couldn't have done anything. It was just awful. Seems pertinent 'cause of the "things thrown" thread.
May 30, 2002 1:11 AM
...did you get a license plate number??

Next time get it and file a report as a witness.
May 30, 2002 3:02 AM
Another excellent reason to carry a gun.
May 30, 2002 5:07 AM
Or a cell phone.
May 30, 2002 6:08 AM
Cell phone to report the guy or call for help if you get hit non-fatally. The other is a last resort defense tool because the cops will never get to you in time even if you call for help...
May 30, 2002 7:03 AM
While carrying a cell phone is a good idea (I always do), I just can't imagine having the time to call 911 while dodging a SUV that was chasing me. Even though I'm almost always packing when I ride (especially when alone), I would feel that my best chances for survival in this case would intervention from whitnesses or finding some place (very quickly) to ride through that an SUV wouldn't fit (sidewalks, parking lots, stopped traffic).

May 30, 2002 7:56 AM
Another excellent reason to ride at all. What makes you think the other guy doesn't also have a gun?