Cycling harassment (Read 753 times)


Will run for scenery.

    Wow, this thread is kind if a time warp for me.  Up through 1981 I lived in the deep south, and running/biking were next to unheard of.  Lot's of red-neck hostility and intentional close calls.

     

    Thirty sedentary years later and I now live/run/bike in Colorado.  I can't think of a single intentional act of rudeness.  The only real problems are from clueless newbs who haven't learned to share the trails.

    Stupid feet!

    Stupid elbow!


    LimpingBehind.com

      Wow, this thread is kind if a time warp for me.  Up through 1981 I lived in the deep south, and running/biking were next to unheard of.  Lot's of red-neck hostility and intentional close calls.

       

      Thirty sedentary years later and I now live/run/bike in Colorado.  I can't think of a single intentional act of rudeness.  The only real problems are from clueless newbs who haven't learned to share the trails.

       

      Well, there was this fiasco a few years back.

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      ShuffleFaster


         

        Well, there was this fiasco a few years back.

        Boy, that is lame (and criminal)...

         

        We do have some pranksters on the trials I run.   For some reason, they think it hilarious to build piles of stones in the middle of the trail in the hopes of having bikers run into them in the dark.   They even lifted out one of those really heavy posts that keep cars off the trail and laid it across the pathway.  Perhaps the dumbest thing I saw was when they moved away the orange safety cones that had been set up to warn people about an unsafe bridge.

         

        People like that need to get pummeled a few times until they get some sense.

          I get that cyclists have to deal with a lot of intentional and unintentional harassment and hazards from motorists.

          But why take it out on everyone?  At least in the NYC/Long Island area, a large percentage of cyclists are militant about their rights to the road and are completely obnoxious to motorists/runners/pedestrians/wheelchairs/strollers/old ladies/etc..


          LimpingBehind.com

            I get that cyclists have to deal with a lot of intentional and unintentional harassment and hazards from motorists.

            But why take it out on everyone?  At least in the NYC/Long Island area, a large percentage of cyclists are militant about their rights to the road and are completely obnoxious to motorists/runners/pedestrians/wheelchairs/strollers/old ladies/etc..

             

            And at the same time - just because some like to ride their bikes like aholes, doesn't mean I deserve to have stuff thrown at me.

             

            Not to mention, I've driven in the NYC area and the people in cars do a fine job on their own running down other cars/ pedestrians/wheelchairs/strollers, etc.  LOL  I don't think it's a cyclist-specific thing there.

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            jules2

              I've had bottles, batteries, rocks, etc. thrown at me.  I have had motorists stop and curse me.  I've had motorists stop and want to fight.  I've had people hang out the window and try to grab me.  I have been buzzed countless times.  I have had people pull over in front of me and slam on the brakes and try to make me run into the back of them.  I could go on and on...

              Running?  Had many close calls there with people swerving at me trying to scare me...throwing stuff at me.  It never ends!

              Get used to it.  As long as you're riding (and running), you'll be disrespected.

               

              Much the same experience I've had this side of the pond.  We have gypsies / travellers who for reasons unknown take pride in attacking cyclists my friend ended up in a ditch the other day and luckily because the same vehicle had been used for several other attacks the Police tracked them down

               

              Mind you a few years ago we had a spate of people throwing rocks into the windshields of cars coming towards them it only stopped when they hit an ambulance and seriously injured someone but they were never caught.

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              just a simple cat

                 

                Much the same experience I've had this side of the pond.  We have gypsies / travellers who for reasons unknown take pride in attacking cyclists my friend ended up in a ditch the other day and luckily because the same vehicle had been used for several other attacks the Police tracked them down

                 

                Mind you a few years ago we had a spate of people throwing rocks into the windshields of cars coming towards them it only stopped when they hit an ambulance and seriously injured someone but they were never caught.

                I thought you guys were more civilized!  Sad

                 

                 


                Cheap and Evil Girl

                  When I ran in the city, I used to get kids on school buses hollering stuff at me.  Telling me to go faster and so on.  One time I got a Mountain Dew fountain drink thrown on me.  That was sticky.

                   

                  i also bike commuted year round, but I rode in to work so early there was no traffic.  I actually can't recall a single instance of harassment, even on my rides home in the afternoon.

                   

                  now that I run back country roads, there is hardly any traffic.  My husband nearly got run down by our elderly neighbor, who apparently drives where he is looking..  The worst thing that happens now is people not slowing down on dirt roads so when they fly by I get enveloped in a massive dust cloud, and for someone who wears contacts it is incredibly painful.  I prefer to think they are not doing it deliberately, but some of them probably are.

                  I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING.  

                   

                  "Mental toughness is built by doing something that is hard over and over again, especially when you don't feel like doing it. Our society has conditioned us to believe that there should be no discomfort, to stop when we are uncomfortable. But the discomfort we feel when we're doing a challenging workout is an important part of the strengthening process." -Jim Afremow, The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive


                  Needs more cowbell!

                    A girl (just turned 16 and one of the top teenage cyclists in the state of MI)  in our area was recently run off the road...whether intentionally or accidentally doesn't matter.  The driver hit-and-ran and now will be facing 1-5 years behind bars.  It was only when the major regional news media picked up the story that the douchenozzle who hit her was caught...because the idiot drives a relatively rare car (Honda CRZ) and lost his passenger side-view mirror in the impact.  The body shop that did $3k in repairs to his car reported him to police when they saw the story.

                     

                    Fortunately Katie is OK.  I saw her tonight and she's in good spirits, but still cannot ride, aside from the bike mounted on a trainer -- which really sucks in the middle of Summer when she should be racing and training for Fall races.  She suffered neck injury and is very lucky to have not had fractured anything.  Her bike was destroyed.

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                      I just started cycling as I've signed up for an Ironman triathlon, but I've been running for quite a while now. Usually when I'm harrassed, it's by a carload of teenagers. If it's boys, they'll shot something derogatory or throw a big gulp at me (never been close to being hit though). If it's girls, they'll usually cheer or whistle. I wonder if they realize I'm old enough to be their dad.


                      Fat butt on couch

                        I've been harassed on the run. I've been harassed on the bike. the only difference is that I have fewer options on the bike and greater potential for serious injury.  so I no longer bike, though I probably will at some point.

                        "If you want to be a bad a$s, then do what a bad a$s does.  There's your pep talk for today.  Go Run." -- Slo_Hand

                         

                           

                          It must be the spandex

                           

                          Yes.  The mere sight of physically fit men in spandex seems to trigger some kind of primitive, instinctual response within the brains of the morons who pull these stunts.   One can only wonder what kind of subconscious issues they are attempting to suppress by acting that way.  Paging Dr. Freud...

                             physically fit men in spandex

                             

                            What about the fatties in spandex? For every physically fit guy I must see 5 with big boilers pushing at the seams of their flags-o-the-world racing tops. Do they not get harassed as much?

                             

                            We need some data.

                            Runners run.

                               

                               For every physically fit guy I must see 5 with big boilers pushing at the seams of their flags-o-the-world racing tops. 

                               

                              Still funny. A bunch of hours later.

                              jojo61397


                                 

                                Yes.  The mere sight of physically fit men in spandex seems to trigger some kind of primitive, instinctual response within the brains of the morons who pull these stunts.   One can only wonder what kind of subconscious issues they are attempting to suppress by acting that way.  Paging Dr. Freud...

                                 

                                I don't think it's just men.  I see the same attitude with women around here.  I have had some heavier women yell at me to put some clothing on, while running in a sports bra and running shorts, yet those same women are wearing bikinis on the beach...  I think that for some people the fact that people are physically fit, they see red...

                                Jodi

                                 

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