What does it take for a driver to get arrested, anyway?
Because if anyone deserves to spend some time behind bars, it’s the 16-year old boy who tried to coal roll a group of bike riders, and plowed into them, instead.
But considering it happened in Texas, he’ll probably get a slap on the wrist and a pat on the back.
According to Houston’s Fox-26, a group of bicyclists were training for a triathlon in Waller County, northwest of Houston Saturday morning.
Roughly 75 miles into their training ride, Ferrell says a black diesel pickup truck slowed down near him and accelerated to blow smoke in his lane. Moments later, the pickup trick tried doing the same thing to other cyclists riding ahead of Ferrell.
“The reason he couldn’t stop is because he was accelerating to blow more diesel fuel on these cyclists,” said Ferrell. “He ended up hitting 3 people before his brakes even started.”
A total of six riders were run down by the kid behind the wheel, four of whom had to be hospitalized; fortunately, their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
JUST IN: Six cyclists were run over by pickup truck today in Waller County. In total, 4 are hospitalized, 2 had to be air-lifted. The driver of the vehicle is 16-years-old. #houston #breaking pic.twitter.com/j8JVzFlR1y
— Matthew Seedorff (@MattSeedorff) September 26, 2021
Yet despite everything, the kid was not ticketed, let alone arrested.
Rolling coal is assault with a deadly weapon, capable of causing riders to fall off their bikes, or cause lung damage, asthma attacks and eye irritation.
Let alone the risk of slamming into the intended targets while doing it.
This was anything but a mere oopsie.
It was a deliberate attack that led to serious injuries. And needs to be prosecuted that way.
Thanks to Victor Bale for the heads-up.
This is what can happen when you get caught up in one of those bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations.
A bike rider who prefers to be anonymous forwarded this ticket for running a stop sign in Hermosa Beach. The irony is, that could be legal soon if Governor Newson signs the bill legalizing Stop as Yield in California.
Evidently, Hermosa cops weren’t willing to wait.
This twitter thread is worth a click to read the whole thing, as he describes the sad state of bicycling in Los Angeles.
Which keeps far too many people from riding their bikes.
I figured getting from her place around Wilshire/Western to All Season Brewing at 8th and La Brea would be an easy first trip. Let's go through all the reasons it was less easy than it should have been.
— Rabi Abonour (@rabonour) September 26, 2021
Somehow, we missed this video of scofflaw salmon drivers in LA’s Griffith Park earlier this month.
But they’re right. Cars don’t belong in public parks.
— Entitled Cyclist🚲 (@EntitledCycling) September 24, 2021
Bicycle art, junkyard or illegal bike chop shop?
Got to admit, it’s a pretty impressive work of Strava art.
Let’s just hope the grown-up guy who was the baby on the album cover doesn’t decide to sue him, too.
“Cyclist rides in the pattern of the baby from the Nirvana album” or as I like to call it “further proof there’s nothing to do in Adelaide pic.twitter.com/i7onti6N5a
— cameronwilson (@cameronwilson) September 26, 2021
Thanks to Megan Lynch for the heads-up.
The war on cars may be a myth, but the war on bikes just keeps on going.
No bias here. New Orleans has been targeting ghost bikes for violating a proposed policy, even though there is no current rule in place prohibiting them.
Bizarre story from the UK, which reports a bike rider was intentionally run down in a collision with a van — yet fails to even mention that the van had a driver.
But sometimes, it’s the people on two wheels behaving badly.
A 60-year old road raging Kiwi man was sentenced to 100 hours behind bars, and a $400 “emotional harm payment,” for physically attacking a driver who allegedly clipped his leg in a dangerous pass as he was riding a bicycle with his wife.
Metro has come back with a pair of plans for Colorado Blvd in Eagle Rock, one of which is very similar to the locally drafted Beautiful Blvd plan. And the other one isn’t.
Residents of Santee are revolting against transportation plans from Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments, aka SANDAG, insisting they’re not interested in bike lanes, but want more highway lanes to reduce congestion. Apparently they’ve never heard of induced demand, which would fill those new lanes with even more cars. Or that bike lanes can reduce traffic congestion by given some people an alternative to driving.
The CHP is looking for the hit-and-run driver who ran down a 60-year old woman as she was riding her bicycle on Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo, leaving her with multiple broken ribs and two broken clavicles.
The San Francisco Chronicle has apparently dropped its draconian paywall for a special graphic report illustrating the progress the city has made building bike lanes during the pandemic. An opportunity Los Angeles lost by failing to step up efforts when they had the chance.
A Santa Clara newspaper honored a retired electronic salesman with their North Bay Spirit Award for this month, for his work with the nonprofit he founded to fix up unloved bikes and give them to kids whose parents can’t afford one; in just the past seven months, he’s taken in 100 bicycles and given 80 away after repairing them. Thanks to Murphstahoe for the link.
Forbes says Harley Davidson’s new Serial 1 Mosh/CTY could easily replace your car for local shopping or commuting. But good luck getting one of their special edition, vintage-style bikes, which sold out the first week.
Then again, Men’s Health says the same thing about Specialized’s new turbo ebikes.
Denver’s transportation department says they can’t put more bike lanes on the city’s wide streets, because there just isn’t enough space. Having ridden throughout the city when I lived there a few decades back, I can say with all confidence, bullshit.
An Iowa man will spend anywhere from 14 to 60 years behind bars for beating a 72-year-old maintenance man to death with a kid’s bicycle.
Common sense prevailed in Dayton, Ohio by denying a permit to tear down the Wright Brothers first bike shop.
Kindhearted Massachusetts cops dug into their own pockets to buy a new bicycle for a young boy after his was stolen from his yard.
There’s a special place in hell for whoever punched a nine-year old Staten Island boy in the face and stole his bicycle.
New York authorities blame obsolete replacement batteries for 65 ebike and e-scooter battery fires that have killed three people this year.
Speaking of which, police in New York are looking for a group of four men and a woman for allegedly tossing that exploding ebike onto the subway tracks, which had initially been explained away as an accident.
New York’s Department of Transportation wants to install cameras to catch people blocking bike lanes with their cars, which will require a law change from the state. Never mind that some of the worst offenders are cops.
I want to be like him when I grow up. An 80-year old South Carolina man rode his bike 800 miles to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity.
A Florida woman was killed by a road racing motorcyclist, who hit her bicycle while he was racing a driver in a BMW as she was trying to ride across the street; no word on any charges, though police are looking for the driver of the BMW driver.
An op-ed by a British Columbia bike rider says the city of St. John’s is the worst bicycling city in Canada, without a single inch of bike lanes. And that has to change .
Life is cheap in the UK, where a doubly distracted taxi driver got less than three years for running down a man on a bicycle while using, not one, but two phones behind the wheel, leaving the victim with life-changing injuries.
Florence, Italy is extending its Bicipolitana network with two new lines; the concept refers to planning bikeways like subways, with primary routes leading across the city.
Italian bikemaker Colnago will fight bike theft by using blockchain technology combined with a non-removable RFID embedded in the frame.
Seventy percent of the bicyclists killed in the Czech Republic this year weren’t wearing helmets. While that figure sounds disturbing, it’s meaningless without knowing how many of those victims suffered head injuries, and whether their injuries would have been survivable with or without one.
The late Zambian president and recording artist Kenneth Kaunda was one of us, with the 1960s guerrilla frequently riding the countryside carrying a guitar on his bike while leading the country’s freedom movement.
An Aussie columnist calls out the “gutter scum” who mocked the victims of collision on the paper’s Facebook page, after several bike riders were injured and a 63-year old woman was killed, when they were struck by a school bus driver.
Hometown favorite Wout van Aert said he just didn’t have the legs to compete with Alaphilippe, saying he’s only human.
Surprise third place finisher Michael Valgren saved the day for the vaunted Danish team at the worlds, telling himself “Shit, it’s up to me,” after realizing he was the only team member still in contention.
Youth was served at the women’s world road championships, as 23-year old Italian cyclist Elisa Balsamo outsprinted Dutch great Marianne Vos; VeloNews talks with Balsamo, as well as several other top competitors.
Forget crits. Try testing your mettle on an “inappropriate” single speed bike in a brutal Slovenian bike race; towing a dog in trailer behind your bike is optional.
And if you can’t punch and kick an acquaintance and steal his bicycle, who can you?
Be safe, and stay healthy. And get vaccinated, already.