Dangerous drivers thread

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Jul 11 2014 at 5:12pm #

I was t-boned wednesday afternoon by a driver who seemed genuinely apologetic (with the excuse that they’re not medically fit to drive). They made a left into shadyside hospital parking lot without yielding to oncoming traffic. I’m surprisingly injury free. The jag in this photo immediately started inciting drivers in adjacent cars to get out and attack me. He called 911 screaming that there was a bike bike blocking traffic. UPMC security came out and threatened me to leave or else… And the requested mob started to form. I rode away and was harassed by rusty SUVs all the way to cmu along Ellsworth.

Pretty messed up. And sad that the mob was dominated by people crazy because they’re so badly hit by the economy that they can’t afford food with vitamin-b in it, and those angry because they’re too fat to reach their own genitals.

Yay Pittsburgh!


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Jul 16 2014 at 11:26am #

Mercedes, dark blue or gray, some sort of special plate DO87.
I was riding in the right lane of Forbes Avenue westbound between the end of the bike lane and South Dallas Avenue when the driver sped past me leaving less than four feet of space. He was driving aggressively.

7/16/2014 at approximately 7:30 AM.


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Jul 17 2014 at 1:54pm #

On Sunday a car passed me with < 2 feet clear (I could easily have touched the car, almost with an extended elbow) just north of Penn on Dallas (i.e., when it goes from bike lane to sharrow). I gestured as the car passed for it to give me more space (I tend to put my left arm out, palm outward, and push it away, then hold up 4 fingers). Immediately after that *another* guy came by with even less clearance. All of that rush was to get to a red light at Thomas, so I pulled up to his open window and we had the following (paraphrased and abridged) exchange:

Sir, you are legally obliged to give me 4 feet.

I'm not going to pull out into oncoming traffic to pass you.

Then you have to stay behind me.

Don't tell me how to operate my vehicle.

I'm telling you the law.

Then I will hit you (with my car).

I don't have plate numbers. He was actually not animated — kind of matter of fact. Aside from just reporting the incident, I wonder whether his treat rises to threatened assault with a deadly weapon?


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Jul 17 2014 at 2:03pm #

Not blaming the victim (you), but in that situation (bike lane turns into sharrowed narrow single lane) I would take the lane. That’s the safest thing to do.
I don’t know if it’s threatened assault, but I do know you have 0 chance of getting any legal action on this.
Also, I would put any intersection where that happened on a “Jon Webb road diet.” Which means I take the lane there. Based on your experience, that intersection is now on a Jon Webb road diet.


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Jul 17 2014 at 6:01pm #

I did partially take the lane, in the sense that I had a good safe buffer — as a consequence I had plenty of space to squeeze over when this happened. My sense is that they would have gone around me unless I was less than a car’s width from the LEFT curb… I do not generally get over the the far left of the lane as has been discussed in various threads unless the street or conditions are dangerous enough for me to need to actively block a car from trying to pass. An example of that would be Hobart coming up from Murray where it curves to the right near the playground. On that rising curve, I ride very near the double yellow in case some idiot even starts to think that passing around a blind curve would be a good idea. However, on a straight such as Dallas north of Penn, I give a door and change to parked cars or 4′ to the curb and expect cars to obey the law. There are various flavors of “take”, but I never give up a safety margin.


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Jul 23 2014 at 8:31am #

Very close pass by a guy driving in a blue/black Nissan, PA license plate HVB-9751 (caught with Fly6 camera)


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Aug 6 2014 at 9:37am #

I was walking under the Parkway in Sq Hill to cut onto Beechwood in Greenfield. I see a cyclist taking that lane that you turn left onto to get to Homestead. He’s going fast, has lights, but a car behind him speeds really fast up to a few inches behind him and then slams its brakes at the last second.

I think, “Oh crap, this person really hates cyclists! Better get the license plate in case something happens.” So I jog up a little bit and it turns out not to be some angry person raging against the cyclist but a teenager texting on her phone and not paying attention. I think I would have preferred an anti-cyclist.


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Aug 8 2014 at 10:12am #

I’ve read second-hand on facebook that there was a red pickup truck yesterday on Butler St that was “rolling coal” on a cyclist and city bus.


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Aug 11 2014 at 7:03pm #

Today, ~5pm, Broad in E. Liberty. Next to the Target. Red coupe.
Passenger throws a full (plastic) bottle of pop at me. Misses.

I get annoyed and speed up, to catch up with them at the ELB light. Made a show of pulling out my phone and taking a photo. Driver gets nervous, cuts across lane and speeds off on ELB towards Penn.

I didn’t get a pic and didn’t bother trying to memorize the tag. It seemed enough to demonstrate that bikers react non-passively and will cause you grief if you attack them. Ideally the driver yelled at his passenger about almost getting him in trouble.


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Aug 17 2014 at 2:25pm #

The belligerent driver of a teal and white Chevrolet pickup truck (late 80s?), Ohio license plate FQD 3191 yelled “get off the fuckin’ road!” at us, on Crane Ave at Beechview Ave, in the South Hills, 2014/8/16.


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Aug 19 2014 at 10:36am #

Coming in off the Smithfield Bridge Downtown, some dude was reading the paper as he drove. Should’ve taken a pic…really egregious behavior.


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Aug 19 2014 at 2:55pm #

Green Kia Soul plate – JJT 1792. Riding down Commercial St at 3:15pm.

Jag couldn’t wait 50 feet for me to get to the stop sign. Honked horn and drove straight into oncoming traffic instead. Smart move.

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