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Cyclist attacks again... Answered

Uh this is annoying after last year when there were attacks on cyclists made by motorists I've been thinking it better not happen again this year, well my fears turn out to be well founded, just as our bike month kicks off so does the war on cyclists...

Coming down the hill towards work, going well over the posted speed limit of 30mph a boy racer in a vauxhall corsa boxed me in and tried to run me in to parked cars, i managed to get in front of him and out from behind the parked cars, he then went on the wrong side of the road and overtook me, only to try and brake check me, I was absolutely incensed he was looking me right in the eye through the rear view mirror, He got away at the junction at the bottom of the hill because the light was green and he was going straight on, I was going to take out his wingmirror but nay he didn't stop, next time I see the car I'll get his liscence plate numbers, then report his car as stolen... because he'd get off scott free for attacking me like that, despite having endangered my life and broken the speed limit by a lot more than I did...

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SerJ

10 years ago

happy living in amsterdam... no danger to you cyclists here from cars, buses, trams or trucks, even if you havent got a gram of common cycle safety sense in your head. or a helmet on your head. which nobody here has. red light? (traffic light :)) does this mean stop? or keep cycling? i would say it means stop. dutch people would say 'red light? whatever..' thank god for my rechargeable 115db air-horn, powered by nothing but simple air pressure (instructable in progress). car drivers are surprised. tram drivers are surprised. where is the sound coming from? disadvantage. nobody knows its coming from the 4" horn mounted under my handlebars. desperately need a low-quality video feed from my hat to a flash drive or similar, to catch any offenders in my right of way. any ideas appreciated. help.

Cheapo mini dv cam and a 4gb sd card would give hours of recording... I tend to be really nuts, also going way faster than traffic into junctions makes 'em move, when they realsie their wingmirrors about to take flight....

I hate people like this, I ride a motorcycle and run into the same problem sometimes. Just carry a small amount of Armor Etch (acid glass etching cream) to toss on their windshield, you can pick it up at a hobby store or arts and craft store and the stuff starts working almost as soon as it hits glass.

Yeah, I'm just about to go for my car liscence then get my bike liscence, it's kinda funny one of my mates has me on pillion alot, turn round and remove their hood ornament or snap the grill, or number plate for that matter... I like the armor etch idea, sounds nice and evil....

i hate jerks like that. get a wood ball and hammer nails all the way through so the poity ends are on the outside of the ball.

lol how charming dear, a young man on a bicycular vehicle is attempting to assasinate us with a wood based stabbing ball, where is jeoffry, he would enjoy this.

Next time he gets right behind you, maybe you could "accidentally" drop something large/heavy/pointy/flammable in his path. Hey, you couldn't hold onto the can of paint/bag of railroad spikes/ molitov cocktail while trying to get out of this maniac's way. It's not your fault he was going too fast to avoid an "accident"!

Hehe, those are all a little over used, I was considering a bag with a baby tiger... Then a jar full of napalm, then just flick my feg butt at his car....

Wow, that person sounds like a complete jerk. Definitely report him, because you could really get hurt if somebody is doing something stupid like that.

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PKM

10 years ago

Reminds me of an incident I had in Cambridge once- I was cycling down a straight road, when a car coming the other way turned off its headlights, pulled most of the way across the road towards me, lowered its window and the passenger threw a plastic bag full of raw eggs straight into my chest. Sadly I was on my old racing bike so couldn't stop quickly enough to turn and get his plates.. the worst part was trying to clean crustifying raw eggs out of my nice leather jacket >_<

but when you said "Cyclist attacks again" I first thought of the news story about a guy going round on a bike randomly stabbing members of the public. Yes, that happened there as well, there's a reason we called it "unusual crime central".

Don't report the car as stolen - it probably isn't - and don't deliberately damage his car: you'd get the grief from Plod instead of him.

Report him for what he did. You may not have the full plate, but you got the make, model and a description of the driver. A partial registration would also help.

If you're prepared to go through the process, you can cost him his license, or at least put his insurance through the roof - much more damaging in the long-run.

Go down to the station and ask to make a statement about a dangerous driver, then email the local press: make the subject line "Press Release - Dangerous Drivers Target Cyclists", then write up your story in the third person (ie as if you were reporting it, not in it). Include a jpeg of you, in full safety gear, cycling carefully down the road but looking scared. Local papers have a hard time filling news space, and love it when local people play reporter. Just make sure you include your real name and postal address in the email, or they won't print it (they won't print your full address).

Kiteman I already plan to do this, I see the car most days as he is somewhere around my work, I was joking about the stolen thing, so I can get a full registration aswell, thanks for the newspaper idea, it's not the first time this has happened to me or someone I know, he was just particularly aggresive, driving on the wrong side of the road, breaking the speed limit by a good bit all just to brake check someone with much better brakes...

for a second I thought you were driving and some kid was riding his bike on the wrong side of the rode and breaking in front of you and crap. lol I hate it when my firends ride on the wrong side of the road, especially when a car is coming, because... well it just gets on my nerves because the car has to break and honk and stuff. I also hate it when they're at a stoplight in a major intersection and they want to go but don't have the balls to so it sends a lot of confusion to the drivers and it's terrible. It's better to go when you kinda can then pretending. Like going forward a little bit or something then breaking, ya know.

I hate people who do that. Keys can do a lot to paint......

I wear boots all the time, body panels aren't very sturdy... Also wingmirrors are expensive if they're electrics... however I got nice boot into the side of him...

Hmmm...retractable spikes on the handlebars? Car almost nails you, so you release a catch and jam a steel spike into the door? *evil laughter*