[dc-critmass-list] Some *good* biking news!
Rgardner2 at cox.net
Tue Jun 17 15:19:05 EDT 2003
Good for you.
On the Bike Touring List (phred), there has been a similar discussion of bad
drivers. One of the best solutions mentioned was to wear a blue or Black
T-shirt with "POLITE" on the back in big white letters - then they'll give
you a wide berth when they pass because they're not reading all that
closely - and you're not exactly impersonating the police.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Julie Eisenhardt" <Julie at NLIHC.org>
To: "'Washington DC Critical Mass E-Mailing List'"
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Sent: Tuesday, June 17, 2003 11:12 AM
Subject: [dc-critmass-list] Some *good* biking news!
> Indulge me for a minute as I share a personal bike-commuting triumph from
> Monday night's rush hour...
> I was traveling East on Mass Ave and just before getting to North Capitol
> Street, there were cars parked on the right, a line of buses dead stopped
> the left, and an SUV in the middle lane clearly about to try to pass me.
> So, I took my lane (it was clear if he tried to pass me someone would be
> hurt) and he lays on his horn. He runs a red light to pass me, but then,
> like an idiot, gets stuck at the next red light at 1st St NE and Mass. I
> pull up to his window, tell him the law, he has to give me 3 feet, etc.
> he swears at me. (remember, this is a big land rover with Virginia
> plates... grrr...) Anyway, I go around him and run a light to the next
> light, where a Capitol Police officer is in his car watching this go down.
> I tell him to watch for this SUV who is passing me illegally. Next thing
> know, the SUV tears around me, clipping me within 1 foot. The cop takes
> after him, pulling him over on the 200 block of Mass Ave NE.
> As I pass the two sitting in the curb lane, I yell into the police car:
> "Passing a bicycle too close!" The officer nods.
> I yell into the open SUV window:
> "Have a nice day and thanks for respecting bikers!"
> Now, I don't know whether he just got a warning or got a ticket, but I
> consider this a great triumph. I put up this this sort of nonsense every
> day, but yesterday, BAM! Justice!
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