Imagine you're (legally) cycling down the road minding your own business when a bus comes along and honks at you. Not only do you have nowhere to move to, you notice that the adjacent lane has no vehicles occupying it!
That is what happened to a cyclist recently when he was on the road. Believing that he was right, he daringly challenges the bus driver by blocking the mammoth tank with his puny bike. He kindly informs her of the hazardous situation she had put him in.
"You were in my way. You need to get off the road!" yells the bus driver. The cyclist ignores her and starts to call the cops. Unable to get through, he calls his wife to help him as well.
Starting the engine, she bumps the cyclist with her bus. He doesn't budge. Some of the passengers are now getting impatient. They scream at the cyclist to get away, even though it's clear who's at fault.
When the police arrives, both the cyclist and his wife (who just arrived on the scene) are cuffed! After a long discussion, it was decided that no arrests would be made. However, the cyclist may still get charged, depending on the outcome of the investigation.
Later, the bus driver's unfriendly behavior was explained to the cyclist. “But you have to understand, that’s how they are trained to drive. They are told to honk at road hazards!”
For the unabridged version, go to LAist (link below).
David fights Goliath and in this case, it was more trouble than it was worth. The real mystery however, is why the cyclist and his wife got arrested. And why bus drivers are taught to honk at anything on the road instead of proper road etiquette.
[Source: Hollywood Bus Driver Attacks Cyclist, LAPD Handcuff Cyclist (and Wife!) @ LAist via digg]
Tuesday, September 25, 2007