I don’t have a good way to kick off an article like this. Words like “psycho”, “wacky”, or “ridiculous” don’t seem to do it justice.
A Bayfield man who used his pickup to run bicyclists off the road was given probation Thursday after pleading guilty to reckless endangerment and felony menacing.
Todd Grooms, 41, wasn’t facing any jail time after signing a plea agreement with the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
But he faces up to three years in prison if he violates the terms of his probation.
Grooms was arrested Aug. 1 on suspicion of using his white Dodge pickup to run cyclists off the road on Florida Road (County Road 240) and County Road 501, near Lemon Reservoir and Vallecito Dam.
Grooms apparently became upset that cyclists were taking up too much of the road, so he yelled at them, drove within 6 inches of them and gunned his truck toward them.
In one instance, Grooms stopped his truck in the middle of the road, exited his vehicle and confronted a group of cyclists. He had a sidearm holstered to his waist.
When I read about a man who behaves in this fashion, the only conclusion I can reach is that he is extremely disturbed. Lets hope he keeps it on the straight and narrow in the future. He quite possibly could end someone’s life.
The article goes on to say:
A courtesy bicycle law went into effect Aug. 5 that requires drivers in Colorado to give bicyclists 3 feet of space when passing.
Drivers can pull halfway into the oncoming lane to pass a cyclist, even if there is a solid yellow line, as long as there is no oncoming traffic.
The bill requires bicyclists to keep right unless they are passing or avoiding a road hazard. Cyclists can switch to a left turn lane if they are turning left, or ride on the left side of a right turn lane if they are not turning.
Cyclists can ride two abreast as long as they aren’t slowing traffic or taking up more than one lane.