So on Fridays, our club hosts a “funride” of sorts. Specifically (to spare you all my longwindedness) we were heading with a group of 6 (including myself and redtailin) to the bike shop and then to a local eatery and alcoholery.
I’ve been hit by 4 cars now, I ride with my lights on ALL THE TIME. Helmet, ALL THE TIME.
ANyways, we’re approaching the intersection just before the bike shop. We’re riding in the center lane, which is the “go straight lane” and the light (roughly 300m ahead) is red.
All of the sudden, this small SUV decides to cross the double yellow, into oncoming traffic and floor past us on the left. She drove all of the .02 seconds to the red light at which she ended up roughly 6th in line behind other cars.
Myself and redtailin… being the idiots that we are decide that instead of stopping calmly behind her vehicle or proceeding to the front of the line, we would stop in front of her car so as to illustrate to her, hey… we’re all getting there at the same time.
We didn’t look at her, acknowledge her, say anything, etc.
Yes. I realize that I/we essentially instigated this by stopping in front of her. I don’t think it should really have led to what followed.
So I’m standing there on my retro direct (coz it can’t trackstand on the account it can’t go backwards) and redtailin is standing next to me. We had enough time to joke about his sick trackstanding skillz and make fun of each other and all of the sudden. This small SUV lifts their foot off the brake, applies it to the gas, and rams us and my bike.
There were 3 casual cyclists and me and 2 teammates on the ride. Everyone immediately starts yelling towards her to stop because they didn’t know exactly what was happening and I just looked back and started screaming wtf are u ramming me or some shit.
She flashed me this look like… “hah, what now” sort of… or like… stink eye u know.
So one of my teammates flies around from behind her car and just gets in front of her car. I just leaned my bicycle on the front of her car (as though this was going to stop her from leaving somehow?) and me and my other teammate promptly walk over to her window to explain to her that she’s an idiot.
Being that I’m all legal and shit, and by the way I was mentioning what to do in the last “stupid frat boy pieces of shit” thread I’m sure you can gather I was trying to yell at her in an educated way… she sort of sits there staring ahead while im asking her wtf she was doing ramming a cyclist.
She basically rammed her car into the left back of my bike and it sort of sideswiped up to my leg btw.
I was explaining to her that I was a human being and blah blah blah. She had her infant child in the backseat, she was this like 40 year old mom. She had an A pass for the univ so she’s some form of employee. I was basically just dumbfounded.
She after a lengthy rant from me, and me threatening like 5 times to call the police essentially decided to go with the story that:
“it was an accident”, “she isn’t used to cyclists on the road”, etc.
I eventually just said to her…
“ma’am, I just want you to know that I don’t believe your bullshit excuses for one second, I don’t think it was an accident, and I don’t accept your apology. But I’m not going to call the police because you have a family and I doubt that you need that, and I hope that this can be a learning experience for you” or something to that close effect.
Thats the readers digest version. The bike appears to be ok, I’m going to really check it over later. I know the rear fender is broken… but I think that may be it.
Hit by 4 cars. 3 on the bike, once while running. Now rammed once.