Another one that warms the heart.
Subject: cars rule
Just ask the Beverly Hills PD: digg.com
He ain’t lyin’. Check the story:
I was riding to work as a graduate research assistant for my PhD studies at UCLA at around 10:40am Tuesday morning (August 21, 2007). I was westbound on Wilshire preparing to make a left turn onto Spalding from the left turn lane when a black Ford Explorer swerved into my right of way, nearly knocking me over into oncoming traffic. I was just able to maneuver out of the way to avoid a collision. At this point I was close enough to Spalding that it was my judgment that the safest course of action was to continue a few more feet along the yellow line and then make the left turn onto Spalding rather than trying to force my way back into the left turn lane. As soon as I made the left onto Spalding the black Explorer quickly accelerated and drove right up to my rear wheel and began to honk at me. I slowed down to pull over and then stopped. She stopped behind me and then I asked, “Why are you honking at me? You nearly killed me back there.”
She then told me that I don’t belong in the road and that I shouldn’t be riding my bike in the first place. I responded by saying that is no excuse to put my life in danger by pulling a stunt like what she did back there. I told her that what she had done could be considered vehicular assault and that I had not broken any law. She said she was calling the police and she rolled up her window and then held down her horn for a few minutes and would not speak to me any more.
It gets better.
A police officer arrived a few minutes later and immediately yelled at me to go sit down on the curb with my bike without asking either of us what had happened. I started walking to the curb and told him that this woman had nearly killed me when she swerved into my lane. He then angrily yelled, “How stupid are you? What are you doing riding in the middle of the street with your bike blocking the road?”
I said, “Excuse me, but aren’t you going to listen to me so I can tell you what happened? And why are you being so hostile to me before you even hear me out?”
He wouldn’t listen to me at all and he then went over to the driver and talked to her for a few minutes. When he came back over to me a second police officer had arrived and was standing near me, but he wasn’t really getting involved. It seemed like he was just observing things.
After speaking with the woman for a while the first police officer walked over to me and then started yelling at me in a very abusive and degrading tone. He yelled (before he had even asked for my version of what had happened), “You idiot! You’re lucky I wasn’t here to see it because if I had seen even a tiny bit of what happened I would have arrested you on the spot!” (I don’t know what exactly the woman told him that I did.)
I said, “Why? This woman tried to hit me with her car and nearly killed me. Why are you taking her side before you even talk to me?”
He said, “Oh, so you’re saying she’s lying?”
I said, “I can’t say either way because I don’t know what she told you.”
He said, “I can’t believe how stupid you are! You shouldn’t be riding your bike like that and if I had seen you in the road in front of her car I would arrest you for illegally detaining her.”
I said, “Why are you talking to me like this? I’m a safe cyclist and I obey all the laws when I’m riding my bike. She is the one who broke the law by swerving into my lane nearly killing me and then honking at me even though I was legally riding on the street. I’m not a criminal.”
Then he just started laughing at me and he then mockingly said, “Oh, now you’re gonna cry?! Look at you, you’re really going to start crying?! How old are you?!”
I guess making a left turn in the left turn lane on a bicycle is akin to “detaining” the automobile behind you in line for the same turn. Gotta love the logic. I suppose it’s true I did the same thing three or four times myself just today. Bike in the roadway slowing you down? You were “detained” and the cyclist should be arrested.
And then the cyclist got a ticket.
The ticket says: “22400 VC – Deft used bicycle to block vehicle traffic movement” and “21955 – Ped in roadway”