Bicyclist asks driver to stop playing video games, gets nicked instead

Type

Harassing driver

What happened

Driver was playing a video game on his phone (farmville?  It was a phablet phone and the screen appeared to have grass and animals on it) with both hands while vehicle was moving.  His window was down and I yelled at him to pay attention, put his phone down!  Driver replied with “what difference does it make to you?” and jerked the wheel in my direction, swerving his vehicle into me, hitting my arm with his mirror.

Suggested improvements for this location: Buffered or Protected bike lane along with Bike Boxes ahead of the stop bar.  Car traffic is almost always backed up at this location and there are a LOT of commuters on Lincoln.  Buffering would be an improvement over the current sharrows but a PBL would ideal.

  • Adam Herstein

    What an asshole. You should have called the cops on him. He hit you, then drove off. Sounds like a hit-and-run to me, or at the very least, assault.

    • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

      I’ll ask the submitter if they did that.