By now you’ve probably seen the video from Colorado of the motorist following 2 cyclists, blaring his horn and refusing to pass. Yesterday I posted an article to our facebook page announcing that the driver was charged by police.
We think that Dirk and Joe showed incredible restraint, and their reaction was a demonstration of the safest and best way to deal with a situation like this:
- Don’t start a confrontation.
- Take down the license plate and gather any other evidence you can (in Dirk and Joe’s case, this was video evidence).
- Report it afterwards to the authorities. In Colorado, the number to call from your mobile is *277. Be prepared to provide license plate number, location and direction of travel, description of vehicle and driver if possible, and description of harassing behavior.
We’ve talked about the problem of bullying and using video to fight back against roadway terrorists before. There have been a number of incidents which demonstrate of the benefit of having a camera handy. Even horse riders have taken to helmet cams to record rude motorists. Errant motorists are not the only ones who need to be kept honest. Hopefully this story and others like it are raising awareness that we now live in a technological age where cyclists are more and more likely to have a camera capable of capturing a motorist’s behavior and/or license plate. Attention bullies: it’s becoming less and less likely you can assault a defenseless person and flee with anonymity.
One really important point from the above story and video: if you have to turn in an incident video, you want your own behavior to be as calm as Dirk and Joe’s. Hats off to them!