Dangerous Drivers Thread, vol. 2
Two illegal passes on East St.
Between Perrysville Ave. and Eula St.
Between Lareda St. and dogleg over I-279
Today at the intersection of Penn Ave and the 31st Street Bridge, a man in a blue car was screaming at me from across the intersection. At first I didn’t realize what the sound was, but when I biked passed him I realized it was directed at me. I didn’t understand anything except for “… the wrong state for that…”. Also, when I biked passed him (going in opposite directions) he had a camera out and was pointing it at me.
I’m used to the occasional asshole driver shouting incomprehensibly about bikers being on the road blah blah, but the fact that he photographed / recorded me has me kind of spooked. I’m also wondering if perhaps I did something wrong – I had just come out of the side road from Smallman st that runs along the bridge, messed up getting onto the sidewalk on the bridge like I’d intended and so I had to end up making a quick change of course to right myself back onto the road. Sorry if that’s confusing, it’s hard to explain.
I’m wondering if this is common, if anyone else has had a run in with this guy, or perhaps where he might be posting whatever he’s recording.
Welcome to Yinzerville PTRQ. I get out to other cities such as NYC and Boston every so often and never had the ridiculous harassment that you get in this town. Your typical yinzer sees a guy on a bike and it triggers them.
Friday I had a guy trying to run me off the road and honking at me. He pulled over and was yelling that bikes didn’t belong on the road and we should pay insurance and blah blah blah. I just pulled out my cell phone and started filming him. He walked up to me and hit it out of my hand. The incident is all on film and I am deciding if I should take it to the police to file an assault charge. I have his license plate and the whole incident of him driving aggressively and the simple assault as well. I was not injured and my phone was not damaged. I am deciding if getting this guy charged is worth it if it would stop him from doing this to other cyclists as well.
If you have the time, it’s worth it just to have the paper trail. Anyone willing to do that is capable of a lot more… not just harassing cyclists, but, domestic abuse and animal abuse at the very least.
Yes, I think an assault charge makes sense. If you have the video, that should be pretty convincing.
I got pushed off my bike by someone who jumped out of a car to harass me, a few years back. Complete with front and rear video, I went to the cops, filed the paperwork, but end result, no charges pressed. I do have a name, address, plate number, and I think I know his date of birth, too, at least to a month if not a specific date. He’s harassed me a second time, too, probably not knowing he’d tangled with me previously and that I recognized him.
Point being, though, by going through that process, even down to paying the $15 for your own personal copy of the police report, may be worth the trouble. Actually taking him to court might not, but I didn’t get that far.
I had the misfortune of meeting a local this morning in Squirrel Hill while leaving Giant Eagle. Heading north on Murray just right of the center of the lane, approaching red light at Darlington with no cars approaching in the other lane a tan Lexus buzzed past without even crossing the yellow lines at which point I yelled HEY and held up 4 fingers. When he stopped at the light, he opened his door and calmly asked if I would like to discuss it on a side street, and I said yes. When he pulled over and got out of his car, his calmness immediately disappeared and he approached shouting at me for being in the middle of the lane, called me a few not approved of on prime time names, said he oughta punch me out, cocked his arm back, then said I was lucky I was an old guy. At which point I asked him how old he was, since he appeared to have at least as much gray in his receding buzz cut and scruffy beard than I do. (I don’t have a buzz cut, but my ponytail is still brown towards the end.)
I did get his license which I will try to post before he drove off. Then a college aged guy walked up and said he watched the whole thing, saw him nearly hit me, and offered contact info as a witness. I declined but thanked him for offering and witnessing. Of course the assailant was not wearing a mask when he got in my face (I had on two and have gotten both shots) and he did not smell like alcohol. His bumper sticker said Pitt Powerlifting, so maybe it was ‘roid rage.
This was a truly dangerous driver. Look out for him. https://flic.kr/p/2kH2Vgg
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