Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Intentionally Bumped by Car

About a year ago, the driver of a BMW pulled up behind me, intentionally bumped my bike and drove away. I was unable to get the plate number, so Mr. Wonderful got away.

Something similar happened to Kate in Washington DC last February. She stopped at a red light while biking home from work. The driver behind her stopped. Maybe this driver is a fan of Tony Kornheiser — the ESPN announcer who told his listeners to “run them [cyclists] over” — because the driver pulled up and nudged Kate, pushing her forward into the intersection. The car occupants started laughing and bumped Kate again. Then things got interesting for the driver.


Kate pulled over, whipped out her police badge and ordered the driver to stop where he was. The driver tried to run, but this is DC traffic, and Kate catches him a couple of blocks away. That’s when the driver tries to run Kate down. Kate by this time has radioed for help, and half of the DC Metro police force show up to apprehend the idiot driver.

I bring this up because Kate has an update: she talks having to overcome Grand Jury bias against cyclists and police officers to even bring this assault to trial, and then her assailant eventually pled to other charges. In exchange for the plea, the vehicular assault charges were dropped, but Kate asks cyclists to show up en masse at the sentencing hearing to let the judge know that harassment of cyclists is important to us.
Read Kate’s full story at her Girl And Her Bike blog: Victory (Sort Of).

2 comments:

  1. this is a big step... or should I say... THIS IS A BIG PEDAL PUSH FORWARD!

    yes... society needs to exist with a perspective beyond the windshield perspective

    so often journalist write in a slant against the cyclist
    police issue tickets and write reports with a slant against cyclist
    and of course
    judges will often weigh things from the perspective of a car driver

    seldom would a cyclist have a jury of their peers

    bicyclists are a misunderstood minority

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  2. The disrespect of some motorists toward cyclists is very alarming. Some of them reason out that they (bicycles) were not meant to ride alongside automobiles that cause this kind of mishaps. But can't we just get along and ride and share together the road?

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