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Greg & Cindy
The case against the man who tried to run over Lance Armstrong and another
cyclist started Thursday. There's interesting testimony by Armstrong and
a telephone technician who witnessed the event. For the story in the Austin
American Statesman go to:
Web site with info on the
Re: Lance Armstrong almost run over,
Thanx for letting us know about this. Its a real problem everywhere I've
ever ridden (although drivers in the Rolla area seem to be more civil
than around K.C.). I, myself, was hit, and had two spend two days in the
hospital with a concussion and a broken shoulder. The police made no attempt
to find the
driver. The really important issue for all of us here is that we must
learn to overcome the reflex anger when we get "breezed", and
not yell, or "flip-off" the drivers, as this only tends to escalate
the situation as occurred here.
Subj: Local bad drivers and bad dogs
Maybe we should consider putting a "bad dog" and "bad car"
section on the RATS web site. I think it would be a good service for our
members and it would document problems if something more tragic than simple
road rage occurs.
BAD DOG -- location, breed, aggressive, playful, how close
BAD CAR -- location, type of car, color, license number, description of
Of the handful of negative experiences that I have had in the Phelps County
area, I have had more on the south outer road between Rolla and Doolittle
than anywhere else - I now use the north outer road exclusively. The north
outer road is nicer too.
I also think it is a good idea to avoid Newberg for an hour after school
has been let out. I guess the Newberg high school boys like to cruise
the roads and look for entertainment.
Overall though, I think the Phelps County area is pretty friendly. There
aren't enough cyclist around here for us to be a real thorn in the side
of local motorist. In the hills above Palo Alto, CA there used to be (I
was last there 10 years ago) anti-cycling messages painted on the road
by the local residents who didn't like having to worry about cyclist on
the very narrow and curvy roads in some of the more exclusive neighborhoods.
Try to smile and wave to everyone - it's always good to make friends!
Local bad drivers and bad dogs
Its interesting that you mentioned the south outer road to Doolittle as
a bad spot for harrassment by cars. I rode that Sunday and was hanked
at by two cars, and badly breezed by one that nearly put me in the ditch.
It was the first time I've
really had trouble in the Rolla area.
I think your idea about bad driver/dog notices is a good idea.
Date: 2/20/99 11:31:20 PM Central Standard Time
Greetings Fellow Bicyclists,
Hostile motorists are a widespread problem that MBF is attempting to address.
When a motorist engages in vehicular or verbal assault, make note of the
license tag on the vehicle, description of the vehicle's occupants, the
date and details regarding the incident. Send this information to MBF.
We will send a form letter to the owner of the vehicle explaining the
seriousness of this type of action, a copy of the State Statutes regarding
bicycles and an assurance that we will keep a copy of this report in our
files in the event this information is needed in the future.
Making Missouri a better place to ride a bicycle.
Smooth roads, Caryn Giarratano, Secretary of the Board
MBF, POB 104871, Jefferson City, MO 65110-4871