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We all know about road rage when the incident involves motorist versus motorist. But there are increasing incidents of road rage motorist against bicyclists.

Why? For one thing, more cities have been making their cities bike friendly, adding more bike lanes where cyclists end up vying for road space with motorists. Drivers, not used to the changes, get anxious and even angry at bicyclists that are harder to see than another car.

Bicyclists also are not always the best at sharing the road, weaving in and out of traffic, and even acting in daredevil ways that can put themselves at risk. Drivers get angry because they don't want to hit a cyclist, and feel that those on the two-wheelers are not holding up their end of the road-safety bargain.

There is this guy. A Reddit poster snapped a shot of this helmetless cyclist on the Brrooklyn Queens Expressway, one of the busiest, most dangerous arteries in the country, running through the Brooklyn and Queen boros of New York City. The vast majority of cyclists would chalk this up to "What the heck is he thinking?"

New York City is one of the cities in the U.S. adding bike lanes to try and reduce vehicle congestion and promote exercise. One of the dangerous factors in big cities, though, is the culture among the thousands of messengers who often strip the brakes off their bicycles and ride in kamikaze fashion.

Other cities that have made it policy to be as bike friendly as possible include: Minneapolis, Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington DC. Go here to check out the list of most bike friendly cities.

Among the recent road-rage incidents grabbing headlines:

- In Taylor, Michigan this week, a motorist shot a bicyclist allegedly because he disregarded a "Do Not Cross" traffic signal. The cyclist retaliated by reaching into the car and punching the shooter.

- Last July, a Ferndale, Michigan man stabbed a cyclist he claimed had cut him, driving a car, off at an intersection. The driver followed the cyclist and then confronted him on foot before pulling the knife.

- Last month, Susanna Schick, 42, of Los Angeles was chased down by a white Lexus while she was riding in an approved "green" bike lane. A witness said the driver was unknown to Schick, who sustained several injuries, and harassed Schick for several blocks before hitting her. Ted Rogers of the BikinginLA blog told the LA Times, "There has been a big spike in road rage with bicyclists in the last few months," Rogers said, citing anecdotal evidence. "But to have it happen in a green bike lane is pretty surprising."

- A Santa Rosa man last month was charged with attempted murder chasing and striking a bicyclist with his vehicle on a golf course. Harry Smith, 82, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, making criminal threats against the victim and driving on a suspended license.

- In 2009, a Brentwood doctor, Christopher Thompson, was sentenced to five years in prison after hitting two cyclists with his car, an incident that came after others in which Thompson went after bicyclists with his car.

Treehugger.com has a list of tips here for cyclists to avoid road rage incidents.

The advice to motorists are these: Be alert, and give bicyclists as wide a berth on the road as you can. It is their road as well. If their presence prompts you to brake and slow down unti you can safely get around the bicyclist, so be it. How big a hurry are you in anyway? And why?

Related content: Cyclists turn to cams to record road-rage episodes.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      I just don't understand this! For years we've been telling our children not to ride their bikes in the street and now we have these bike lanes in the STREET!!! My 6 year old son asked why why he is not allowed ride in the street and other kids are, "See mum we are allowed to, it even has a picture of a bike in the lane" He says! What happened to side-walks? This just a poor idea obviously not well thought out, as you can see from all the incidents so far. It will only get worse. As for my son, Nope! Not in the street! No way!!
      maceandemma
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't fix stupid.
      tptm
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he's heading back to Mexico leave him the hell alone..
      lorlan4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should be mad. They have an unlicensed vehicle in traffic. Should not be allowed until they pay for a license, same as a motorist. As it is, they have more right of way than the motorist.
      Wealth Builder
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bicycles annoy me when they are on busy roads but lots of things annoy me. I don't have the right to hit someone because I'm annoyed. People have lost all sense of self control. Your rights stop where the other person's begin. Go around the bike...that is it..period.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was he in a hurry to buy fried checken?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've spent many years as a competitive cyclist and bike commuter and I have to agree with a lot of the posters here who are venting on their pet peeves of cycling behavior. I have seen a lot of folks on bikes to a lot of stupid things. And like I tell a lot of cyclist: "Yes you have the right to ride almost anywhere a car can go, but if you don't want to get run over, there are definitely places that you should not go." However, I have also seen motorists do some awful things to cyclists who were obeying the law and using good judgement. Motorists also need to realize that, even though bike lanes exist, they are not always usable. I have often encountered bike lanes that are blocked by parked cars, garbage cans, or other obstructions that force the cyclist out of the lane. City planning also can leave quite a bit to be desired, as bike routes can sometimes abruptly end and force the cyclist to either turn around and go back where they came from, or ride on a busy and dangerous stretch of road. The point is that both cyclists and motorists are contributing to the probelm and both groups can contribute to the solution. As for helmets, well, I have seen how they are made and I have seen how they are tested, and I can assure you that today's helmets don't give a cyclist very much protection. They are much better designed to protect someone who falls coming out of the shower than they are a cyclist who gets hit by a car. I know it is politically correct to advocate their use and they do provide some small amount of protection, but a lot of folks see them as a bullet proof vest, which they certainly are not.
      JOSE-USMC-0311
      • 2 Years Ago
      I WAS ON THE ROAD LAST SATURDAY, 2 BIKERS BLOCKING THE LANE. RIDING SIDE BY SIDE INSTEAD OF A STRAIGHT LINE BETWEEN THE 2 WHITE LINES FOR BIKES.. I BEEP THE HORN ? AND ONE OF THEM FLIP ME OFF. I WANTED TO TURN AROUND AND HIT HIM WITH MY CAR.
      • 2 Years Ago
      actually cyclist dont have aright to the road as they dont pay any road fees and they cant keep up with traffic
      HANK
      • 2 Years Ago
      You want a good law? Make it illegil to ride a bike on any road that does not have a bike path that is seperated form the automobile traffic by some kind of guard rail system. Bikes and their adult users are a menace to motorists. They do not have lights, they do not stop for traffic signals, they do not have review mirrors, they do not have horns and the cyclists dart in and out of traffic knowing full well that if they get hurt or killed it will be the motorist fault.
      • 2 Years Ago
      PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. HIGH SPEED RAILS, BUSES AND BYCICLES ONLY? ELIMINATE CARS! SAVE THE PLANET.... JUST SAYIN'....NO MORE FAT PEOPLE?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bicyclists do have a right to share the road, but what many of them seem to forget is that with rights come responsibilities. Having spent many years in San Francisco, as a car driver, truck delivery driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist and pedestrian, I've noticed that bicyclists are among the least sharing and most inconsiderate users of the streets. I have been brushed by a bus while riding a bicycle as far to the right as parked cars would allow, but I probably shouldn't have been riding on Van Ness Ave., when a block away there were streets with bike lanes, so that was probably my own fault, and I learned from it. In San Francisco, the bicyclist who stops at a stop sign or red light is the exception, not the rule. I've witnessed bicyclists who pass you between lanes or on the shoulder while you're stopped at a red light, then place themselves in front of you, so that when the light changes to green, you are stuck behind them going at their pace. I've been flipped off by bicyclists who I nearly hit because they were running a red light. I see bicyclists riding side by side, rather than single file, making it impossible to get around. Sharing the road is one thing, but many bicyclists don't really have a "share the road" mentality, they have an "own the road" mentality. So while I can't justify a motorist doing harm to a bicyclist on purpose, I certain can see why many of these accidents happen, and why motorists get road rage.
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