This morning I went out on my regular Sunday morning bicycle ride to Key Biscayne. I usually head out by myself, but end up riding with other bicyclists. Normally I choose not to ride with the large groups (100-150 bicyclists) because I consider their riding style dangerous and lawless. Today this was confirmed to me.
I wiped out pretty hard due to the gross negligence of two other bicyclists at the front of the peloton. For some reason, two bicyclists got into a pissing contest, got off their bicycles, and started to scrap on the side of the road. Yes, you read it correctly. At 8:30 a.m., two bicyclists in spandex were throwing punches at each other on the side of the road! The fight spilled out into the bicycle lane and roadway, causing several bicyclists to stop short and fall to the ground. Luckily neither I, nor the other 4 bicyclists who crashed was seriously injured. I have a little road rash and a major bruise on my ass cheek. I’m not going to lie, it hurts.
Please comport yourself like a respectable bicyclist. Incidents like this give bicyclists a bad name.
This morning I witnessed a driver cut off two bicyclists, stop short, and in true team spirit of the sport, the passenger of the vehicle opened the car door, while the car was in motion, in an attempt to door the bicyclists. Upon witnessing this, a sense of righteous indignation filled me; I had no choice but to pursue the vehicle. About a mile later, completely exhausted, I miraculously caught up to the car at a red light. Please be on the look out for:
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Rusty (clunker for cash candidate), late 80’s-early 90’s, dark-bluish American car, possibly an Oldsmobile.
This is the type of unfortunate, unprovoked aggressive behavior that bicyclists have to confront on a regular basis. Fortunately, we do have rights, as Commander Socorro from the Miami Police Department informed me today in an email exchange:
…if they (the victims) would have wanted to get involved, we could have sought the offenders out and arrested them for a felony”.
For their own reasons, which I can respect, the bicyclists who were directly involved in the incident did not want to escalate it to authorities. Regardless, this should be a lesson to both bicyclists and motorists that aggressive vehicular behavior should and will not be tolerated.
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