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June 03, 2009

Cyclist Stupidity in San Jose Up for Discussion

Gary Richards writes the Roadshow Column for the San Jose Mercury News, and yesterday spent most of a column sharing, and discussing, readers views on a recent bit of cyclist stupidity: The act of Car Punching.

Apparently some cyclists think it's a brilliant idea to "intentionally dent cars when the driver does something that is dangerous for bicycles."

In the case under discussion the cops rulled that the motorist was acting appropriately, but even if the motorist wasn't since when was a bit of excessive Cyclist "Road Rage" an appropriate way to respond?

If caught you could be made to pay for the damage, at best, or, at worst, the motorist could be armed, and dangerous, and decide to chase you down, and blast you right out of the saddle.

Yes, the motorist would go to jail, but what good would that do YOU, or your loved ones, when you are 6 feet under? ;-D

Now, I'll admit to staring down, or wagging the middle finger at, a misbehaving driver who puts me in danger, a time or 2 in my 49 years of life (If there is a Saint among us who HASN'T done 1, or both, at least once, I'd like to meet this Jesus on 2 Wheels!), but I've learned over the years that it is far more constructive to attempt to talk to the driver if given the chance, and the person was receptive to my doing so.

At best I educate the driver, at worst the driver looks bad by their behavior in response to my approach.

So far no driver has pulled a weapon on me. ;-D

Read the article, and the comment section - Roadshow: Bicyclists and car punching — not a good idea


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I punched a bus once. It hurt.

I talk about damaging cars in my blog for the local paper, but it's tongue in cheek.

In recent years there have been some prominent opinion pieces in national newspapers where the columnists essentially said they wanted to kill cyclists.

I joke about damaging the vehicles of people who endanger me, they joke about hurting people for no good reason.

Posted by: Ian Pattinson | Jun 8, 2009 4:43:50 AM

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