Nobody ever said being a cyclist was going to be easy.
They also never said it was going to be *THIS* hard.
Being from Texas, I suppose we should be thankful this escapee from the old folk’s home didn’t pull out a pistol. Too bad someone didn’t have a can of pepper spray handy.
Truth be told, SFC, this was the best way this could have gone down. On video, with the guy being a total jerk to a bunch of non-threatening people (nobody was within ten feet of him, as best I could tell). I’m sure at least one or more of the people had full details (including license plate) of the hothead and his truck, and his final act of driving over the bike — again, with no one anywhere near him — just drives one more nail into the coffin.
I’m sure the guy whose bike got mashed will disagree with this, but in the long run no one got hurt, the scumbag got arrested, and after the lawsuit is settled the guy will end up with a new bike courtesy of the old fart (you know his insurance company ain’t gonna fork over nothing).
SFC – the problem with “packin” is that when you pull out a gun, you had better be ready to use it. These kinds of people are intolerant, to say the least, of most everyone and everything. I’d bet he had a gun in his truck, but even if he did not, he had a 4000 pound weapon (his truck) and looked just crazy enough to use it. Pulling a gun on him would have provoked it.
The problem is that you can lose control of your weapon when you are knocked down by a nut like this, especially when you are unconscious…but let’s stay away from this topic altogether please since we know how passions can arise. I acknowledge your point.
There are a lot of idiots on the road. My sister was grabbed by a guy riding on the passenger side of a car while the car accelerated, pulling her along a VERY busted up and irregular pavement. Fortunately and amazingly, she maintained her balance and (also fortunately) I didn’t catch up with them. I have had bottles thrown at me every other year (sounds like a ritual for being so routine), people coming up from behind and slamming on their brakes to scare me, etc. That is why I moved away from the NYC suburbs. This is only one reason why I get upset when people trash Iowa for not being like NY. I have not had a single issue like the ones I have described with Iowa drivers.
Motorists sometimes get upset for good reason and they seem to save their resentment and prejudice for future use. The problem exists on both sides, and education (probably through advocacy) is the answer.