Newport Beach police are investigating the video we linked to yesterday showing a bully motorist berating a bike rider in a profanity-laced, homophobic tirade, for the crime of riding on the sharrows.
And yes, they’re now taking it very seriously, after the rider was initially blown off when he tried to file a report.
In case you missed it, the video has now been posted to YouTube, which means we can share it here.
Let’s hope he likes the way he looks on the screen; the Facebook video has been seen over 400,000 times in just the first 24 hours.
KCBS-2 caught up to the driver, who apologized for the language he used, and said he was embarrassed by the whole thing.
“I’m just an old surfer, knucklehead, and I do apologize for using the words that I used,” Lewis told CBS2 reporter Michelle Gile.
However, you’ll note that he didn’t apologize for threatening the victim. Or for clipping him with his mirror, or for the brake check that forced the victim into the left lane to go around him.
And we’re still left to wonder whether even that apology was sincere, or if it was just the result of adverse publicity from a video that went viral.
We’ll have to wait for the NBPD to complete their investigation to learn what charges will be filed, if any. Although there’s a good case to be made for assault with a deadly weapon and hit-and-run if it can be shown that he really did clip the victim with his mirror.
However, LAPD officers have explained in the past that the mere act of getting out of a vehicle to confront someone is enough for an assault charge.
Let alone threatening to kill him.
Meanwhile, the whole thing just shows how far we have to go in educating drivers about sharrows.
And just about every other aspect of sharing the road with people on bicycles.
Thanks to David Bain for forwarding word of a Canadian musician who had his bike and all his belongings stolen while attempting to set a Guinness world record on a coast-to-cost bike tour; a gofundme account has raised over $6,500 of a $10,000 goal to help replace it.
Kristin Armstrong waited until her victory was confirmed, becoming the first cyclist to win gold three times in the same event, then collapsed and was checked out by medics before her five-year old son came out to give her a hug.
A French rider may have only placed 26th in the women’s road race, but she’s winning the competition to resemble the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.
Britain threw down the gauntlet with a world record on the first day of qualifying for the women’s 4,000 meter team pursuit, while the men struck gold in the team sprint.
The great Evelyn Stevens decides to walk away from pro cycling at the peak of her career, just seven years after quitting her job as an investment banker to compete full-time.
A Philippine paper says it helps to have a short memory in bike racing, since everyone hits the pavement sooner or later.
Closer to home, the Redlands Bicycle Classic will move to May next year, serving as a domestic lead-in to the Amgen Tour of California.
And SoCal Cycling offers photos of Sunday’s Manhattan Beach Grand Prix.
Air quality in the LA area is the deadliest in the nation. That alone should be enough to get LA and other local cities to provide safe alternatives to driving. But probably won’t.
CiclaValley reports the North Hollywood Metro tunnel will be opening Monday, with a promised Bike Hub to come.
Park La Brea News profiles Sunday’s Wilshire Blvd CicLAvia.
Long Beach celebrates the opening of the new parking protected bike lanes on Artesia Blvd, the first half-mile of what will eventually be a two-mile protected bikeway.
Cyclelicious examines why land use matters for bike advocacy, noting that people aren’t likely to bike to work if they can’t afford to live nearby.
KPCC looks at the increasing popularity of bike lanes in OC.
Don’t throw your bike at a trolley if they won’t let you on, a lesson a Laguna Beach man learned the hard way; he could face charges for vandalism, and probably needs a new bike after the trolley ran over it.
Salinas will host its fourth ciclovía in October, with a 1.6 mile route.
This time it’s firefighters with the big hearts, as Pleasanton firefighters pitch in to buy a man a new bicycle and helmet after his was damaged when he was hit by a car.
Sacramento authorities want people to walk, ride a bike or take transit when the new arena opens.
Sad news from NorCal, as a Redding bike rider was killed by a driver who allegedly ran a red light. Something many drivers insist only bike riders do.
An Oregon neo-Nazi covered with pro-Aryan and anti-police tatts fled on his bicycle when police tried to stop him for a traffic violation, eventually shooting a cop and taking a woman hostage; he suffered non-life threatening wounds when he was shot by police to end the siege.
Forget riding through crosswalks; Portland is installing cross bikes — no, not this kind — to help bike riders get through intersections safely.
The grizzly bear that killed a Montana mountain biker last June was nearly old enough to legally drink.
Caught on video: An Iowa bike rider is forced to bail off the road when a pickup coming in the opposite direction crosses onto the wrong side of the road, barely missing him.
Inflamed passions boil over in a dispute over a Detroit bike lane.
This is who we share the roads with. A Pennsylvania woman was caught on video, not just texting behind the wheel, but actually steering with her feet while she drove.
A South Carolina bike maker is bringing some manufacturing back to the US thanks to automation, even if the pay is less than the new minimum wage in Los Angeles.
An Atlanta bike advocate is working to get more black people on bicycles as the founder of the local chapter of Red Bike and Green.
Seriously, if your hat blows into the bay while riding your bike on a Florida causeway, just let the damn thing go.
Bike Radar offers tips on how to keep your saddle from being a pain in the butt, while Ella Cycling Tips offers advice on how women can choose the right one.
Forget the Olympics; Rio is also the site of the world’s largest Lego bicycle.
It’s not just the US where the bike theft epidemic is on the rise; it’s jumped 31% north of the border in just one year.
Calgary’s new bike lane network will hit one-million riders just a year after completion, a 40% jump in ridership. Yet one councilmember is underwhelmed, claiming it should have at least doubled — never mind that it came in $1.5 million under budget.
As if the Brit press didn’t have enough reasons to hate bike riders, now they accuse us of being deer killers. Seriously, don’t discard anything when you ride; jerseys have pockets for a reason.
A UK website says nothing beats a bike if you want to get more active.
A renowned pediatrician who made a “huge contribution to neonatal medicine in the UK” is mourned after he lost his life in a solo fall.
Amsterdam now has a special mayor devoted entirely to improving bicycling in the already bike-friendly city. Sometimes it seems like they’re just rubbing it in.
An Iranian town bans women from bicycling after the local iman says it violates the teachings of Islam, despite a national anti-pollution program encouraging everyone to ride their bikes every Tuesday.
Evidently, if you’re riding in dark clothing at night, you need to take it all off. This is what you call a bike lane fail.
And don’t wrestle over dead goats without locking your bike up first.
I contacted the Newport Beach Police Department asking – “WHY DID THE FRONT DESK OFFICER REFUSE TO TAKE AN INCIDENT REPORT”
They did reply to me and said they are investigating the incident but did not directly answer my inquiry – We need to keep on them to change the behavior within each Police Agency – They will not do it without public pressure because they do not think they are doing anything wrong.
If this same incident would have happened to a Bike Officer or a loved one of one of the Officers I could bet that it would not be left alone.
The comments on PVCycling regarding this incident are hilarious and insightful, and they include a letter from a City of Newport Beach Senior Civil Engineer to the cycling public. Here’s an excerpt:
“…should you ever find yourself in a situation where you are concerned for your safety, please contact the Newport Beach Police Department at 949-644-3717 or dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. Second, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists. Some bicyclist and motorists may not fully understand that cyclists have the right to travel within a traffic lane when other facilities (for example, designated bike lanes) are not present or there is not a safe path of travel elsewhere (for example, a separated bike path). In areas such as Corona del Mar, the City has installed “Sharrows” or Shared Lane Markings to increase motorists’ awareness that cyclists may be in the lane.
Please be assured that we’re continuing to implement our Bicycle Master Plan (a plan developed in conjunction with cyclists and community members) and promoting the safe and responsible use of roadways, whether you choose to travel by foot, bicycle or motor vehicle.”
If it had happened to anyone other than a cyclist, the police would’ve done something. Or maybe the police just know that, if the guy was arrested, he either wouldn’t be charged with anything by the DA, because it was just a cyclist he threatened to kill, or he’d receive a slap on the wrist, because it was just a cyclist he threatened to kill, so what’s the point? If it’s not a crime when they actually kill cyclists, how can it be a crime for them to threaten to do so?
Talking about bike lane fails, here is yet another photo article on bike fails:
It’s a very sad commentary to the commitment given to creating usable bike lanes.
OC= upscale white trash
The Portland Bike-walks are flat out dangerous. First there is no requirement for a driver to slow down for them at all. Second they give a false sense of security to cyclists who by the kind of markings might expect that motorists will slow down. It may raise some awareness for the drivers but….. Since there will be no training or education to tell users just what they mean you have set up a situation that is even worse than sharrows.
Update on cost of threatening to “Go All Trump” On a Cyclist: Rumor has it hat he pled down from assault & got 7 sessions of court mandated anger management program & a $3,000 fine…