In Chicago, Thomas Lynch slammed on the brakes of his truck in front of some bicyclists in order to make them crash into them. Why am I posting this? Because he’s from Florida. Fort Lauderdale, to be specific. Read the article here. More importantly, read the 75+ comments from many people who thought the bicyclists deserved to crash. And we thought Miami Herald or Sun-Sentinel commenters were bad!

I’m surprised we don’t have more of this intentional harm around here, although I am pretty certain I experienced some last week. I was riding in an undesignated bicycle lane coming up to a red light, slowing down, when the passenger in a truck I was passing opened his door right in front of me. Needless to say I went down, luckily with little more than a scraped knee due to my low speed. Since the truck had just passed me and I was wearing a neon yellow jacket, I found it hard to believe that he didn’t know I was there. I was ready to punch the guy in the face but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. Next time I will probably call the police just to see if they’ll give the guy a ticket. They may try to give me a ticket instead, but it’s worth a try. So check your mirrors if you ever open a car door on the road. This is the second time I’ve been doored that way and I won’t let the next person get away with it, intentional or not.

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3 Responses to Bicycling Disrespect

  1. mr jones says:

    Does not surprise me at all. I’ve had a similar situation with a white sedan down Las Olas Blvd about a month or two ago. Guy pulls out in front of me from a cross street and than slams on the brakes, almost hit him. Then he proceeds to accelerate and then stops short again. Did that several times. I try to pass him in the left lane, but he moves into the left lane and proceeds to do the same thing.

    I don’t know what it is down here, but people are so bitter about bicyclist on the street. It’s scary


  2. Mike Lydon says:

    I stopped at a red light on called ocho, headed to the Obama rally back in Ocyber, when the white van behind me started nudging ever closer to my center lane position (i always take the lane at lights for visibility/safety). The van got so close he nudged my back tire, as a way to taunt my existence. A not so kind yelling match ended when I turned left at the light to his incessant honking as he sped off.

    The biggest frustration I had was the guy genuinely thought I was not allowed to be on the road. He told me he didn’t ‘see my tags’. This is fundamental driver’s ed, folks. Thus, don’t underestimate the importance of share the road signs, if not full on bicycle infrastructure, for raising awareness.

    Thanks for sharing you story JM.


  3. Dave Reid says:

    Man I keep reading stories like this from around the country. We really need to do something to change this attitude.


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