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    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2013 edited
     
    Wasn't sure where to post this, so started this hopefully self-explanatory thread. <a href="http://www.thegavoice.com/opinion/thats-what-she-said/5860-melissa-carter-cars-arent-the-problem-with-share-the-road"> Melissa Carter: Cars aren’t the problem with ‘Share the Road’</a> If you feel the onset of despair as you read the words of this articulate ignoramous, hang on! The comments will, surprisingly, make you feel much better. Check it out!
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2013
     
    Serge2:Wasn't sure where to post this, so started this hopefully self-explanatory thread.


    Melissa Carter: Cars aren’t the problem with ‘Share the Road’


    If you feel the onset of despair as you read the words of this articulate ignoramous, hang on! The comments will, surprisingly, make you feel much better. Check it out!


    "In contrast, the average bicycle ways about 30 pounds and an average rider can only go about 20 mph."

    'nuff said about her
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2013
     
    A rare case when the comments were overwhelmingly better than the article.
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2013
     
    <blockquote><cite> svelocity:</cite>A rare case when the comments were overwhelmingly better than the article.</blockquote>

    In case anyone missed this one. Keep in mind the following about Melissa Carter, the article author: <em>"She broke ground as the first out lesbian radio personality on a major station in Atlanta and was one of the few out morning show personalities in the country."</em>

    <blockquote><cite>Keri Caffrey:</cite>This is one of those rare instances where most of the comments are more intelligent than the article.

    There are jackasses who ride bikes and jackasses who drive cars. Shouldn't you know a thing or two about group attribution error? A lot has changed in the last 20 years, but I remember when the LGBT community had to put up with the kind of stuff you wrote here. I hope you'll take a moment to think about that.

    Our roads are a cooperative system that belong to citizens — people. The right of way is first come, first served. There is no right of speed. Choosing a vehicle with a motor doesn't give you special privilege, it gives you more responsibility. That is why you have to have a license — because you could kill someone with that thing.

    Please learn to coexist on the public roads, as you expect others to do in other aspects of your life.</blockquote>
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeApr 25th 2013 edited
     
    This time it's a mayor in Texas. Here is his email address... krawietzb@ci.bulverde.tx.us His visage matches his words so well I had to include it. <blockquote> <img src="http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/21/20/05/4522367/3/628x471.jpg" alt="" /> It seems that more and more bicyclists from San Antonio are coming to Bulverde to ride on our streets. They say what attracts them is the wide open streets, picturesque scenery and rolling terrain. <p>To me there is a flaw in their reasoning. Our streets are not wide open. Most of our roadways lack any type of shoulder. As the roads wind through the hills they also are lacking any kind of safe-sight distance. <p>I was sitting in the parking lot of the post office April 15 when suddenly there was a loud and abrupt knock on my truck window. It turns out that a couple of cyclists did not like me passing them between Luke's Chevron and Bulverde Hills Drive. <p>Traffic was quite heavy at the time. School had just let out, there was a scramble to get income tax checks mailed and the evening rush was beginning. My patience was already worn thin and being stuck behind a couple of slow-moving cyclists riding side-by-side did not help. <p>So I gave a brief tap on the horn. The cyclists changed formation to single file. Then a break in traffic gave me the opportunity to accelerate and pass on a stretch of road that has a double-yellow center stripe which you can't cross. <p>I had to pass them quickly, but nobody was hurt and there were no close calls. When someone is dressed in their work clothing and using a bicycle to get to work, that's one thing. <p>However, it's another matter when someone is joyriding on an expensive bicycle all decked out in riding attire on probably the most dangerous roadway in the city. <p>What can we do? The cyclists do legally have a right to the road with some exceptions, but does this mean all motor vehicle traffic must suffer? <p>When and where these cyclists pick to ride is the real problem. They should stay to the less traveled roads at off-peak hours. They are only endangering themselves, the motorists behind them and those coming from the opposite direction. <p>For those at the post office that afternoon and heard me unleash on this pair, I apologize. <p>To the cyclists, just because you have the right to come and use our roads does not mean you are exempt from common sense. Pick your route wisely. <p>The last thing we want to do is to start ramping up citations for the littlest infractions to get you to notice. <p><em><strong>Bill Krawietz is mayor of Bulverde, Texas.</strong></em> </blockquote> Link:
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    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2013 edited
     
    The host of a fishing show in Portland, Maine, Captain Jim of Atlantic Adventures, got into some altercation with a bicyclist. The bicyclist posted some videos on his Facebook page, including one of Captain Jim making homophobic remarks. Captain Jim made some incriminating statements on his page, that he later deleted (but not before they were captured). Within a day or so at least one of the sponsors of the show dropped, and the Boycott Atlantic Adventures page has more likes than the Atlantic Adventures page.

    <img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/9139_389380664512102_790028125_n.jpg" alt="Location of incident." />

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201008661275097">Video with gay comment.</a>

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201008651274847">Video after altercation on narrow bridge.</a>

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200959329162285&set=o.200397660110588&type=1&theater">Post from Atlantic Adventures that was later deleted.</a>

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=389380664512102&set=a.329703480479821.76221.329666930483476&type=1">Statement from Atlantic Adventures not (yet) deleted.</a>

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BoycottAtlanticAdventures?hc_location=stream">Boycott Atlantic Adventures</a>

    <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CasablancaMaine/posts/10151628054884044">Casablanca dinner cruises drops sponsorship</a>
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2013
     
    Re the "gay comment" thing - the first time I experienced that my natural reaction was to think I was being propositioned. My reply was something along the lines of "not gay, listen you'd probably have better luck at a gay bar" which resulted in a look of sheer confusion...light turned green and I rode on thinking the guy didn't stand much chance with those manners...
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2013
     
    According to multiple reports on the boycott page, sponsors are dropping this guy like crazy. Wow. He even blanked his sponsor page on his website.
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    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2013
     
    So, get this. The blowhard goes on TV, apparently interviewed in his lawyer's office (see books in background) and tries to defend himself. In the process, he blurts out it would have been easier to run over the cyclist. I kid you not! You have to see it.
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    He has removed (or hidden) his Facebook page, Atlantic Adventures. The best part of this TV news story comes at the very end.
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013 edited
     
    Another example of anti-cyclist bigotry, this time in Washington DC. A bicyclist is hit in a mid-block left cross, the driver claims the cyclist ran a red light, so he is considered at fault. Saved by a neighbor hood watch camera, the cyclist got clear proof the light was green, but still had great difficulties with the system.
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      CommentAuthorPaul
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
     
    Point of grammar here. Can we change the name of this thread to ... "Who" need to be spanked? This bugs the fuck out of me.
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
     
    LOL. Bigots are people too! (good call, and thanks)
    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
     
    Hey, I didn't realize the OP could edit the thread title. I can, and did. Thanks again.
    • CommentAuthorjacobk
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013
     
    This knob, who can't be troubled to move into the passing lane to get around a bike commuter. He gets angry enough to illegally record a video while driving and to post his first "vlog" about it:

    • CommentAuthorSerge2
    • CommentTimeJun 27th 2013 edited
     
    He was asked by a certain celebrity here why he doesn't just change lanes. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/TheEricCable?feature=watch">His answer</a>.

    <blockquote>I have passed that individual HUNDREDS of times over the past six years. The problem is once you pass him, you get stopped at a red light. At that point he cuts in between the cars (NOT legal) then runs the red light (NOT legal) as indicated in the video. So then you have to pass him again. Honestly, if he would obey the law and not cut traffic and not run red lights I would have probably never noticed him.</blockquote>

    So we can't really defend the red light running, except to point out it would be legal in Idaho (assuming he yielded appropriately).

    But why is this motorist so annoyed about having to change lanes to pass slower traffic, twice. Is it really that hard? Not to mention that he was slowing down traffic just as much as the cyclist does was he drove behind him filming, apparently without incident.

    These people just don't think.
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
     
    Well I can certainly understand the motorist's frustration with a cyclist moving slower that passes stopped traffic along the right only to later take the one narrow lane and hold cars up. It would seem that such a cyclist picks and chooses which road rules/laws he/she wants to follow based on what is convenient to them. Isn't this the exact behavior we accuse motorists of? Isn't that sort of a double-standard?
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
     
    Was this in Idaho? If not, the "Idaho Stop" law doesn't even remotely apply. Why even mention it otherwise?
    • CommentAuthorVeloCafé
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
     
    Just to point it out - you can't see either way what the cyclist does at the light.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
     
    The thing is, if he's passing again, then he's not really being held up by the bicyclist. He's being held up by the lights. If not for the lights, the bicyclist wouldn't catch him again. The bicyclist isn't really affecting his average speed, at least on the days when he moves over to pass.
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
     
    Being able to get to the front of the cue is one of the advantages of bicycling. Having to be a part of the cue at every light is a disadvantage for driving. His issue is indeed with all the other cars at the light, not the cyclist. The cyclist is just the easy target, though should be stopping at lights/stop signs regardless.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2013
     
    sd_mike:Having to be a part of the cue at every light is a disadvantage for driving. His issue is indeed with all the other cars at the light, not the cyclist. The cyclist is just the easy target...
    Exactly.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2014
     
    I think I may have found another instance of Poe's Law

    I can't tell if this is satire or a real idiot.

    https://www.facebook.com/banbicyclesnow/timeline
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2014
     
    Really good satire, I think. I don't think it's possible to use the word "heathen" unless it's satirical.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJan 7th 2015
     
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeJan 8th 2015
     
    Florida drivers kill more pedestrians and cyclists than those of any other state in the union.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJan 11th 2015
     
    The Close Call Database is a web site created to try and track incidents of motorist aggression against bicyclists. The idea is to try to identify serial offenders and maybe somehow get something done about them.

    http://closecalldatabase.com/
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    Is this run by Strava-that would be good use of their power? It doesnt seem government run so I feel like the data collected may matter. I hope to get some satisfaction reporting.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2015
     
    Remember that road rage doctor in Malibu who brake checked bicyclists who were going 30mph landing both of them in the hospital with serious injuries?

    In addition to prison, he also lost his medical license due to the felony conviction:

    http://www.ohiobikelawyer.com/bike-law-101/2015/01/road-rage-er-doc-remember-him/
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2015 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2015 edited
     
    I got tailgated by a San Diego Unified School District bus on north bound Morena today. I sent a detailed complaint/description including bus number/plate number and time/place to the director of their transportation department and their operations manager at 7:33pm and I got this response at 8:22pm from the director:

    Thank you for bringing this dangerous actions on the part of our driver to our attention. Rest assured the driver will be brought in to discuss their behavior as well additional training.


    Squeaky wheel. Surprisingly quick response.
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    This year's "Ride of Silence" was interrupted by an aggressive motorist along eastbound University. I'm sure most of us just tried to ignore him but he persisted then risked lives. The enraged self-important idiot started yelling insults, honking, then driving wayyyy closer than 3' several times, revving engine and escalating to a mock ramming (within inches)before turning left and finally leaving us alone. I typed his plate# in my phone but couldn't get a pic After the ride Samantha Ollinger requested photos/videos and indicated she would file a police report In the mean time, I filed a report on closecalldatabase.com and Sam sent me her photo, none other were received. Closecalldatabase emailed several times trying to vet the report's accuracy and then sent an email blast to our 87 local cyclists registered. You can see the report here:
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    The best revenge for these deliberate incidents is to post them to closecalldatabase Help us out and tell your friends
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd 2015
     
    I notice that he's in the left turn lane.

    I've had several of these in the last few years where I'm on a multi-lane road and someone doesn't like that I'm using the full lane so they sit behind me, honking or yelling and then when they finally move over to pass or I get to a safe place to move over, they then make a left turn at the very next light. They need to be in the left lane but they have to teach the bicyclist a lesson so much that they'll waste their own time to do it.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015
     
    This morning's U-T piece on sharrows on the Coast Highway has generated some ignorant comments. I've been blocked from posting comments on their website. Anyone else feel like responding to Cynthia Lambert's idiotic post?
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2015
     
    Done. I'm trying harder to be more informational and less condescending.
    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2015
     
    Not sure what caused the block, but Tom Mallory at the U-T said it was Facebook, not the U-T. I originally thought it was because I referred to Douglas Manchester as "Papa Doc." Then I learned that a few other contributors to the U-T were similarly blocked after posting condemnations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza. If they are able to siphon off billions of US taxpayer dollars every year, they probably can control what gets posted on their boy Zuckerberg's internet pages.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2015
     
    I thought I posted this before but maybe I did it in another thread:



    http://raycomnbc.worldnow.com/story/28895286/cyclist-records-road-rage-attack-with-helmet-camera

    He plead not guilty last week. Trial date not set.
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2015
     
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJul 27th 2015 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorbilld
    • CommentTimeJul 31st 2015
     
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeAug 1st 2015
     
    He should have worn a helmet ...

    The idiot automobile driver, that is.
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    Closecalldatabase.com

    I am calling on all road cyclists to help reduce the dangers of riding amongst motorists.
    We have a duty to help make our streets safer and report intentional bad drivers
    Built and maintained by a cyclist to collect evidence law enforcement will never care to collect

    Hostile drivers are often serial offenders. When a driver “sends a message” by purposely buzzing or running you off the road (or worse) they are committing a life-threatening assault and using their car as a potential deadly weapon. Reporting their aggression and hostility helps build a case against those drivers. This site can provide your local police and prosecutors with important evidence that should increase the likelihood that justice will be served if the driver ends up harming a cyclist. More importantly, serial offenders can be brought to the attention of your local police who may encourage them to change their behavior before a tragedy occurs.
    Reporting an incident here will generate an email blast to local members, and store it for access by law enforcement and attorneys.
    Filing a report can save someone’s life.
    Please register now, you can do some good
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd 2015
     
    This is a very good thing. Thank you.