April 09, 2010

Bloomin’ Road Rage

The driver of a car intentionally hit a cyclist at First Street and Florida Avenue NW in Bloomingdale, TheWashCycle reports.  The victim wrote:

Around 5:50 PM [Wednesday] I was riding along First St. NW with other commuters. We crossed over Florida Ave and a car came in behind me, horn continuously on, and accelerated into my rear wheel knocking me to the ground. The driver then got out of the car and yelled some obscenity at me. He got back into his car and left the scene.

I ended up with a few bruises and bumps but luckily no serious injury, but my rear wheel was destroyed along with my saddle, still not sure about the frame. Although there were seven plus witnesses, we were only able to get a partial license plate. We did get a great description of the car. The police arrived on the scene and took all the witness statements, etc and the incident will be filed as a hit and run.

Using a vehicle as a weapon is a serious crime.  It’s also important to remember that cyclists and drivers are equally entitled to use the streets of the city.

Categories: Bicycles, Safety & Order, Transportation
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  1. I have this problem also on 4th street NW just north of Rhode Island, before it widens, and on Georgia – even if I am riding in the margin between parked cars and the driving lane. A lot of the motorists in the area honestly believe bikes should never be in the street. This guy who road raged me in a black SUV said as much, and then got out of his car to try to fight me. My neighbors stopped him.

    Muk - June 7, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

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