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A cyclist is in serious condition in hospital after an altercation with an SUV driver downtown.
qatzelok, Chris, Doobious, and 8 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
I rode past this on my way to work. Did not see the accident nor the parties involved, just he crumpled bike and the blood on the street. I’m glad to know that the rider is still alive. I love this blame the victim type comment from a passer by mentioned in the english article: “We make bicycle paths for cyclists,” said a witness who didn’t want to be named. I have to say that the de Maisonneuve path is usually more dangerous than the street. It’s the only place (so far) in town that I’ve been hit (also by an SUV) while using the path.
As to why was he on the street, I think it was answered in the article. The driver and cyclist were arguing and the SUV probably could not fit in the bike path to continue the conversation there.
CBC news at 1 said something about the driver “trying to force the cyclist onto the bike path.”
If this is true…
I expect a rational, well-thought-out thread about this. Especially on the CBC website.
My guess: Jeep may have cut off cyclist (inadvertently or not), cyclist informs Jeep driver of his displeasure, perhaps kicking or punching said vehicle. Each participant probably questioned the other participant’s ancestry and sexual orientation.
Light turns green, they both ride off. Ah, but here’s a double-parked Purolator truck. Cyclist veers into lane in front of Jeep to avoid riding into back of Purolator truck. Jeep hits cyclist.
Glad that I chose today of all days to not ride my bike, where I ride right past there. Getting run over by a car once was once enough.
@Kate from the north side where the accident happened to the south side where the bike path is?
(Notice how when an accident happens, the motorist is usually taken to the hospital for shock? Just sayin’… well making up details, but it amuses me.)
I wasn’t there, and obviously there are accounts and theories. CBC says “Authorities believe the cyclist may have been hit on purpose.”
It must be the heat that makes drivers go berserk. I also had a altercation with a woman in a very new BMW SUV today. She cut me off, then started claxonning like mad and then slammed on the brakes right in fron of me. I almost just drove into her, but instead let my adrenaline go up to 11.
I hate how motorists whose vehicles often outweigh a cyclist’s by a factor of about 20 think that we’re subject to their aggressive replies. They behave the same way versus a bike as they do versus another vehicle. Most of the morons I’ve had arguments with as a cyclist (taxi drivers aside, ahem) are so stupid it’s anyone’s guess how they managed to fool the SAAQ into awarding them a driver’s licence.
Drivers shouldn’t even do it with other vehicles, but at least you’re safer inside a metal box. I spend less time inside cars than almost anybody, but even I’ve been shocked to see some perilously childish behaviour by people piloting their lethal crapmobiles.
The car, like the internet, gives people a feeling of security and power that they don’t actually have and thus is often an interesting test of character.
As a firmly pro-bike person, I always argue that us bikers need to follow the rules of the road and be more friendly and polite. However, the onus of all these problems lies with a society and economy that is dominated by the car and the idiots who drive them to maintain their bloated, unhealthy lifestyles.
@ walkerp: “The car, like the internet, gives people a feeling of security and power that they don’t actually have and thus is often an interesting test of character.”
The car/Internet comparison is a bit weak. You can’t just turn cars off and have a carfree day like you can with the Internet.
Yes you can.
2 qatzelok: “The car/Internet comparison is a bit weak”
Actually, it’s not a bad analogy. Some people find it incredibly difficult to have an internet-free day or mobile device-free day, probably more so than a car user. Many find it easier to spout off opinions and insults on the internet when they would never dream of doing the same thing face to face with another person. The SUV driver who ran over the cyclist probably would have reconsidered attacking the cyclist if he or she had to step out of his metal box and have it out face to face.
Just a little cautionary tale…
Last weekend I was crossing the Charlevoix bridge northbound over the canal on a Bixi around midnight. I was coming off the canal path and there was traffic on the bridge so I opted to take the sidewalk, forgetting for the moment how narrow it is and the unholy drop down to the road surface. After crossing the bridge I decided to continue on the sidewalk for another block so I could collect myself for a minute and get a bead on the traffic at Rufus Rockhead. The sidewalk was empty. While waiting for the light to change, some douche walking his dog in the park across the street threw a full 1L bottle of water at me, missing by just a couple of feet, and cursed me out for riding on the sidewalk.
All this to say: pedestrians can be your mortal enemy too.
Doobious, the commonality of course is humans. They all have the capacity to be douchbags, regardless of their means of transport.
I don’t drive a car, and haven’t in many years, and yet I am constantly hearing their noise, avoiding being killed by them, and forced to look at the car sewer that our roads have become every day. The computer: I haven’t looked at it in 2 days and haven’t heard anyone else’s either. Nor has my quality of life been decreased by one. With cars – like with cigarettes – you get cancer from second hand consumption.
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