Dangerous Drivers Thread, vol. 2
Tagged: bad driver
It hit the post gazette . Maybe that’ll force the police to take action
Not sure it would work, but what about the guy who filmed the assault filing a police report?
In addition to the Post Gazette and WTAE, the road rage story in Oakland made KDKA and WPXI.
Someone needs to educate MB and Jeff Maxwell in the Post Gazette comment section about the “rules of the road”. These people who justify the driver’s actions because the cyclist deserved it for breaking the law…which he didn’t.
I don’t filter, but I can’t understand why cars get so pissed about it. Cars are allowed to pass a moving cyclist, so shouldn’t it be completely fair for a bike to pass a stopped car. I mean, equal right? They get pissed like the bike is “cutting in line”. If that’s their problem then they should be forced to stay behind all bikes on the road. No passing by anybody, then maybe they’ll see how dumb their logic is.
This is the mentality of a driving culture not familiar with multi-modal roads. They will slowly change.
I’ve had colleagues joke that they would open a door on filtering motorbikes. I always respond that if it bothers them that much, get a bike.
Are you supposed to allow someone to assault you in that manner?
City put out a press release today that the police were investigating
Had a very unpleasant encounter with a driver today. I had decided it was too hot to ride home, and was waiting for a bus on Liberty and 21st with my bike. Another guy on a bike pulled up and told me he was from out of town and needed directions to Trader Joe’s. He wasn’t completely off the road, but his tires were touching the curb.
A late-30’s to mid-40’s African American man in an Infinity M35X, Pa Plates KME 2770 starts honking at us from the red light half a block back, then comes speeding up, slams on the breaks, and starts screaming at us to get off the f’ing road, get to the f’ing bike lanes, etc. When I calmly explained that: 1. dude was just momentarily stopped to ask for directions; and 2. bikes are allowed to be on the road, he started to flip out, yelling “you guys think you’re f’ing tough guys, we’ll see how tough you are.” Then he threatened/pretended to call his friends, presumably to teach us whatever lesson we were meant to learn. Eventually he sped off, telling my new friend he would “find him.”
Nice welcome to an out of town cyclist. I apologized on behalf of our city, finished my directions (which included getting off Liberty asap), and gave him my number in case he got attacked later and needed me to fill out a police report.
Watch out for this lunatic:
He’s nuts!!! Last week i was crossing the 62nd st bridge toward Sharpsburg and some dude in a suv guns it to pass me on the off ramp. 6 inch pass, I was up against the barrier. Veteran license plate. When I caught up to him at the stop sign he rolled down his window and it smelled like weed. Ugh.
He was probably stoned on the cannabis and should not have been driving a 2000+ pound steel tank that can do a lot of damage.
I haven’t posted on here in a long time. However, this weekend I had an incident downtown that has prompted me to post in this thread. I was cycling up Blvd. of the Allies Saturday around mid-day. Some low life scum in a black BMW with the lame vanity tag of “Raize It” came blaring up behind me. He sped around me within feet. He wound down his window and started yelling about how I didn’t belong in the road and typical Boomer Yinzer shit. He turned onto Smithfield and I followed. He got out of his car and approached me like he was some hardass and kept harassing me. I broke my helmet cam and haven’t worn one in a while. This is the typical shit people won’t do if you are wearing one.
If you see a BMW with a lame vanity plate of “Raize It” please watch out. There is a low life scum bag behind the wheel who doesn’t care who he may run over and he is super tough behind the wheel of his automobile, but when he approaches you he is a sad sorry excuse of a old typical yinzer.
- This reply was modified 8 months, 4 weeks ago by ShooFlyPie.
He sounds like he fancies himself the most important person in the world.
I don’t know where to put this, but this is remotely related to this thread.
Blog post about thread-the-needle passes, with front and rear video.
As I said in another thread, this driver was impatient and inconsiderate, also a leadfoot, but he passed you safely. Watch my videos, that fourth car (at about 1:20) especially. Left tires right of the center line.
- This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by paulheckbert. Reason: extraneous quote removed from Stu's blog URL
The bus’s headsign said Ross Garage, not the name of a route. That suggests the bus broke down and is waiting for a tow, and is not illegally parked.
I’ll go with Steven’s summary. There is an approved layover point on Penn just past 9th St, only a few hundred feet ahead. Ross Division would indicate this had been a 91 Butler, which at that point on Penn would be still in service. All other Ross routes in that area lay over on the East Busway. So this looks very much unplanned.
First name: Paul
Last name: Heckbert
Route Number: 61B
Date of Incident: 10/04/18
Time of Incident: 07:14 PM
Where you boarded [I didn’t board]: Forbes in Frick Park
Bus Number: 3314
Operator Number: xxxx
Comments: I was biking east on Forbes Ave in Frick Park, biking at the left edge of the bike lane because I was dodging debris there. The 61B bus, a two-segment articulated bus, buzzed me, passing me with only about 2 feet of clearance! This is a violation of Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, which requires drivers to give cyclists at least four feet of clearance. I believe the left car lane was vacant, so the bus driver could have moved left in order to obey the law and drive safely. Even if the passing lane had not been vacant, the law requires drivers passing cyclists to slow and wait until they can pass safely and legally. Your bus driver did not do that. This bus driver deserves a suspension for breaking the law and endangering my life!
I get where you are coming from, and getting buzzed can certainly make your heart skip a beat. Especially if it’s from a massive bus. Even at 4 feet, the air they push around when they move can be quite a force. I’ve personally been knocked over by a such a gust in the past. But unfortunately even I found the official complaint you filed comes off as whiny.
This reply is not intended to knock you down. Just I know from experience that messages like that usually get brushed aside and aren’t given a second thought. I know it feels good to vent. But when you attack the offending party with vitriol and righteous indignation, they usually just blow you off. You are better off if you approach future situations professionally, politely, and actually with less specific information. More like, “…I had a rather disturbing encounter with the xx bus this morning during my morning commute that I feel needs to be addressed. The encounter occured around x:xx AM along xx road. The issue is a serious matter a public safety and may warrant an internal investigaton. Please contact me at xxxx so that I may convey specific details of the encounter and express my concerns.”
I hope this helps.
- This reply was modified 7 months, 2 weeks ago by KevPgh. Reason: Grammar
I’ve found that PAAC doesn’t respond to 99 percent of these complaints. A better way is to Tweet @ port authority and add the CEO to the tweet. She’s very active on Twitter. This comes from someone (me) who was almost run down by a bus making a left turn onto liberty while I was legally in the cross walk and crossing on walk. The driver didn’t care and proceeded to scream at me for legally crossing the street. When I filled out the online form… Crickets.
Now that I see the CEOs response to complaints on Twitter, I figure next time I have a near death experience with a bus I’ll tweet it plus a pic.
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