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About seventeen minutes into my ride yesterday afternoon, two-hundred yards after I dropped my chain while shifting down into my small chainring (I need to get that derailleur tuned), ninety seconds into the final climb on Iron Point Road, I was passed at speed by a knobjacket in a clown-red Dodge pick-up truck. Now, IPR has a very generous bike lane, but it also has three massive lanes for traffic on a relatively un-busy stretch. But, given his torque and horsepower, and his geographical options, Old Crotchflaps decided to hum past me, hugging the white line while gunning his engine.
It was moist on the road from the ample rainfall, so I caught a little of his spray, which doesn’t bother me, since I don’t have mudguards anyway, but it does illustrate just how fucking close he was. “Arse doctor”, I thought to myself as I re-focused my attention on beating Michael’s very impressive best time for the ascent (sorry Mike), and by the time I crested the rise I had pretty much forgotten all about Mr Spleensucker.
But apparently he wasn’t finished with me. About seven and a half minutes later, as I rolled down Sophia Parkway, passed by eight or nine perfectly charming drivers who afforded me several acres of clear space as they slowed down to overtake, who should come up on my left flank but King Wankshaft in his lipstick-red scrotum-wagon, screaming past me at a steady clip, just inches from my shoulder.
Was he lost? Running errands? Or just a massive tool who gets his jollies from side-swiping innocent, law-abiding cyclists. I wish I had shouted something, or tried to memorize his license plate, but honestly, I was just keen to get the hell off the main road in case the smegmuncher came back.
Last week he received an anonymous email saying his son, now aged six, was in Amsterdam and the tip-off proved correct.
Melinda Thompson has been arrested and is now in custody awaiting extradition to Australia.
Mr Thompson had been cycling for over three months while also highlighting the plight of parents of abducted children.
Salt Lake City police say Ronald Wayne Lindsley’s decision to ram the man with his car was excessive.
Police say the 61-year-old Lindsley was working at a Salt Lake City gas station when he saw a man take two beers and leave the store without paying. Police say he chased the suspected thief, who was riding a bicycle, and hit him.
A 19 year-old drunk driver received 90 days of community service in addition to three years of probation despite injuring a cyclist so badly that his teeth were left embedded in her car.
Celine Mahdavi struck cyclist Louis Deliz in December of last year in the downtown area of Los Angeles. Last week a judge passed down the sentence which permitted Mahdavi to retain her driver’s license, even though she fled the scene of the accident. Police caught her shortly afterward and registered a blood-alcohol level between .05 and .08.
The apparently light sentence was met with protest from bicycle advocacy groups, one of which – Bikeside LA – swore to seek legislation in Sacramento to protect cyclists’ rights. One particularly objectionable remark from the judge, Eldon S. Fox, they say, involved his decision to allow Mahdavi to keep her license. Fox ordered that Mahdavi “shouldn’t drive unless she has a valid driver’s license”.
Deliz spent 49 days in hospital following the assault, including 8 days in a coma and 11 days in intensive care. He suffered multiple injuries, including two broken legs, a broken hip, a broken jaw, a punctured lung and several broken fingers. Judge Fox ordered Mahdavi to pay restitution, but stopped well short of recommending a custodial sentence.
The legislation being sought by Bikeside LA would make mandatory the revocation of a driver’s license for anyone convicted of a hit-and-run assault. 1,300 Los Angeles area cyclists descended peacefully upon the Beverly Hills courthouse to promote the initiative, called Life Before License.