For this morning's installment of Comment of the Day we hop in the Seattle Weekly way-back machine, traveling back to 2011 and a post by Nina Shapiro about drivers and cyclists (unsuccessfully) sharing the road.
There's been a lot of talk in recent days about the mayor's hiring of bike advocate David Hiller to be a highly paid advisor. Some of it has translated into general rage at the perceived domination of Spandex-wearing road hogs. Apparently, one beefy, middle-aged guy driving his Buick down Alaskan Way yesterday thought it was time for action--and slammed a biker against the wall that lines the sidewalk.
SW happened to be on the scene, and saw the driver after he had gotten out of his car and was in the process of throwing the biker--a 40-year-old bell captain for the Westin Hotel named Brooks Groves (pictured above)--against the wall. Then Mr. Bike Rage picked up the bike and hurled it at Groves. Bike Rage jumped back in the car, which had an older man in the passenger seat, and sped off.
Groves, who was on his way to catch a ferry to Vashon Island and planned a day of biking in the sunshine, pronounced himself "OK, but a little shaken." He had a bad scrape on his arm.
Later that afternoon, he e-mailed his version of events to SW.
So, I am as close to the side as possible, not taking up a whole lane, like some other cyclists do. The car came close to me once--like six inches away, which was way too close, and clearly unnecessary. Then, at the next light, it changed from red to green, so I passed them on the bike. Then the car sped up, and did the same thing again. Clearly, these people have a problem.
So, at the next light where, we met, I came to a stop, and they were there. There where words exchanged between us, and that's when the driver said, "That's it--you are done!"
The conversation created in the comments section below the post - which is still raging, apparently - inspired commenter waitingforbikestocros to chime in, over a year after the post first went live.
Agreed. If bikes cannot go reasonably close to the speed limit, they should not be allowed on the road. I am often disturbed driving past bicycles at 30 mph. 2 ton cars and bikes should not be forced to drive a few inches apart.