Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ironically

The day after a guy in California is convicted for stopping short and injuring 2 cyclists, a guy in New Berlin clips my hand and then stops short in front of me while swerving toward me and the side of the road. Thankfully I wasn't going 30mph down a hill and there was a ditch for me to ride into. I'm not saying this incident is comparable to the California incident, other than this guy is every bit the menace Dr. Thompson was, I just got lucky. Hopefully there will be consequenses to dissuade him from using his car to force others off the road again.

540hvs from Bikesafer on Vimeo.

12 comments:

fred said...

Oh man! I hope you called the cops and he gets charged for leaving the scene as well. Since I ride with cameras, I also shout the tag number so the microphone picks it up.

Clearly you were delaying traffic on the opposite side of the road!

Fool driver could have waited, perhaps 30 seconds, and you'd have cleared the backed up traffic and he could have performed a safe pass.

Grendel said...

Did 5-0 give any satisfaction on this one?

Jeff said...

Comment from Dave. Copied from duplicate post.


keep us posted on the outcome of this. that clown deserves a healthy ticket.

Ed W said...

Jeff...please contact me ASAP. I need details to run this on the Examiner.

ejwagnerjrATyahooDOTcom

aka CycleDog

tirebiter_g said...

Jeff, you are my hero! Keep up the good work!

Aaron from Hartland

EXPO Racing said...

Wow! Finally caught on tape.

Glad you are ok!

WOW All i can say is wow.

Kevin said...

Amazing! Luckily you had the cameras running. Keep us informed of the outcome.

Shelley said...

Keep us posted on this one! This guy deserves more than a ticket!!

the wingnut says... said...

Awesome advocacy Jeff! Now don't get yourself killed just to prove a point.

Two questions... your "harrassment" videos all seem to be on roads with no shoulder and little room for more than two-way auto traffic for your commute. Are there no alternative routes with a wider birth to cycle?

I agree you are entitled to your right of way... but is there any responsibility on the rider to select roads designed wide enough to support human powered traffic?

thanks

Jeff said...

Wingnut,
I get those questions a lot, even from other serious cyclists.

I'm more of a rural or suburban rider than a city rider. Most roads in rural or suburban areas are two lane shoulderless roads. Also, I stop for stop signs and lights so I try to choose routes with few of either so I don't have to stop every block or two.

Given those criteria, many of the roads I ride are of the type you describe, but also have very low traffic counts. As a result most of my close calls aren't due to traffic backing up behind me due to my poor road choice, but impatient drivers who couldn't wait literally 5 seconds to pass safely.

All the roads I ride on are "designed to support human powered traffic" if everyone obeys the traffic laws. In every one of my videos, the drivers are not obeying the law, and I am.

Thanks for reading
Bikesafer
Jeff

Anonymous said...

It looks like a hit-and-run. Who would run away like that after hitting someone?

Hopefully there is a conviction. Here in British Columbia (Vancouver), something like this would warrant arrest. Video evidence is key. Good job on filming everything and stay safe out there.

Cheers

Kevin said...

I too have camera's but have never been lucky enough to have them running when something like that happens. Not lucky that it hasn't happened, just unlucky in that I didn't have the camera running when it did. You've got great video collaboration for your side of the story. I hope this guy gets to be a poster child of what happens when you use a car as a weapon against cyclists.