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Two run-ins with car drivers(7 posts)

Two run-ins with car driversMXL02
Jun 24, 2002 7:35 AM
My Saturday morning ride was great with the exception of two nasty interactions with drivers. The first was with a Suburban who came up right behind my rear wheel and blew his horn, and as he passed, angrily gestured for me to ride on the shoulder rather than the road. The next was a caravan of six minivans passing me, the first ones passed without incident, but the later ones blew their horns right next to me and threw something at me that hit me in the back, probably a half eaten candy bar. It was a shame to have a beautiful ride interfered with by these a$$holes, but since there was really nothing that could be done, I refused to let them ruin the ride for me.

Anyway- where I was riding out in the country, there are alot of weekend farmers and campers. It was my opinion that both of these jerks were not locals...who are almost all tolerant, but city people spending the weekend in the country. Also, is riding solo more of an inducement for drivers to get nasty? Any thoughts from others?
If they throw thinngs, get a license number and call the copsMcAndrus
Jun 24, 2002 7:53 AM
That's assault.
Local cyclists make it hard to sympathize....cory
Jun 24, 2002 8:38 AM
I've been riding in Reno for 25 years, including commuting back when people were amazed that anyone could ride a bike "all that way" (less than five miles in those days) to work. I almost never had a car problem until about 10 years ago, when the growth in cycling bred a new generation of arrogant roadie pr!cks.
My sympathies are with the cyclists, but at least around here, an awful lot of them are just begging to get brushed back. Riding three and four abreast on two-lane roads is the main offense, and one of the local clubs makes a habit of it. It's like, "Look, we're Serious Cyclists and we're in our superhero clothes, so everybody has to wait for us." Drivers are increasingly intolerant, complaining to the newspaper and the City Council, and you know who's going to catch the brunt of that.
I'm not saying you were doing that--probably, since you cared enough to post about it, you weren't--but when we DO ride that way, we screw things up for everybody. There are probably 100 drivers for every bicycle around here, and if we don't clean up our act, we're going to wind up on the sidewalk.
Local cyclists make it hard to sympathize....Spinarooni
Jun 24, 2002 9:43 AM
Yup, I agree. I've been wanting to tell you I appreciate you not including Keystone Canyon in your mountainbike trails of Reno article you did awhile ago. The trail is crowded enough as it is and its only a matter of time until we have a serious accident up there. Keep up the good work.

re: Like some else said, get the license # andJL
Jun 24, 2002 9:49 AM
report it. Nothing may come of it, but it's on record. I had an incident in Sept. of a similar nature (the Suburban one, not the throwing one), but the guy started/stopped trying to get me off into the ditch (there was very little shoulder). I reported him to the police and we charged him with harassment, but I never heard anything again so I assume the case was dropped/ignored.

You may get "lucky" and it might actually make it to court. Good for you not letting it get too you, as it scared me off the bike for a while. I'm over it now and I just ignore the a$$holes and keep moving. I do think it's a lone rider (my normal ride) more than a group thing. Most people by me are conscientious of bike riders as there are many, but I think when it's just you alone drivers get impatient. Maybe it's because some of the groups I see riding will run lights and other craziness, so they "take it out" on the lone rider. I'll keep riding alone except for organized events and the one group ride I do, but I am more aware of approaching cars now. Many times people are just in too much of hurry and you're "interrupting" them.

Happy riding.

Something to try......jagiger
Jun 24, 2002 4:20 PM
Like you, I try to make the most of my rides & not let anything bother me. I sympathize with you since these tourists seemed like they went out of there way to be annoying. Luckily it wasn't to serious of an incident.

I have a habit of getting caught up in the riding & sometimes I don't hear cars coming from the back. This has been more startling than trouble, but I like to keep out of harms way. I picked up a new habit of looking back to check every once in a while on long or busy stretches as I don't wear a mirror. I saw someone else doing this pretty regularly as he rode ahead of me on a somewhat busy road. It seemed to make sense. It helps me keep better track of my surroundings & hopefully safer as a result.

Enjoy the riding.
Yeah..after this experience...MXL02
Jun 25, 2002 4:11 AM
I have started doing that. Thanks for the input.

Ride on!