reply to post by ipsedixit
Good Evening, and thanks for not flaming me.
Ok, you are correct that there is no way the driver would have known about the police altercation earlier in the evening, nor the cyclists past in
I mentioned these two aspects because they lend additional information to the speculation. In all likelihood, the driver only saw an upset cyclist
approaching his car where he and his wife sat.
The story reports it was late at night. I have been in Toronto late at night, and like most major cities it is not entirely safe at night. Why did the
driver not drive at a slow speed? I would not have as in a convertible this could provide opportunity for the cyclist to climb onto or into the car.
I have to disagree that the manner in which cyclists follow the traffic laws is a smokescreen. In this case I think it is likely the cause of the
whole situation. Especially at night in a major city. I don't know for sure who made the 911 call, but in any case the call was made, and the driver
I don't believe it was a malicious action on the part of the driver, I think he was probably very scared for himself and for his wife. When the
cyclist would not let go, he may have panicked and drove more aggressively to shake the cyclist off.
Now, I live on the west coast, close to Vancouver. There have been many instances of cyclists blocking traffic, and threatening drivers who show
little compassion for their cause. I have not been to Toronto in some time, but I suspect that it is much the same. The bottom line here is that any
person who is on the roads needs to respect the traffic laws, at least to the point where we don't cross on Red, and we check for others if not for
their safety, then for our own.
Imagine for a moment, you and a cyclist have an issue late at night when you and your wife are alone in a major city. If that cyclist assaults you and
your wife then rides off or simply leaves, what is your recourse? There are no license plates, no qualifications the cyclist needs to pass, and no way
to identify that person later, except for your fuzzy memory.
As I said, it is unfortunate, but I suspect many of the people on this board, all bravado aside, would have done something similar if it was their
life and their wife put in this situation.
Thanks for reading.