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.
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.