Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

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By an edhat reader

At approximately 9:10am, a man was seen harassing cyclists and blocking their way at the Patterson crossing of the Obern Trail. The stated reason for instigating the confrontation, according the man, was that cyclists were not stopping at the intersection. The man himself was on a bicycle, wearing an American flag ball cap, but no helmet.

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a-1581450852 Feb 11, 2020 11:54 AM
Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

11:40 - "harassing" is perfectly unless it becomes threatening, physical, etc. Just yelling at cyclists to obey the law is not illegal.

Minibeast Feb 11, 2020 01:17 PM
Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

Sometimes I tell fellow cyclists, when I see them committing multiple traffic wrongs, "You're the type of cyclist who gives the rest of us a bad name." For all the good it does, which is probably not much. Some people are just special, right? Rules and laws don't apply to them. My "thing" is to harrass cyclists who are riding on the sidewalk. I'm glad someone else is hassling these entitled jerk cyclists.

LCP112233 Feb 11, 2020 11:43 AM
Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

Edhat reader. Not sure why not wearing a helmet has anything to do with it. Perfectly legal for an adult to wear a ball cap on a bicycle.

a-1581455325 Feb 11, 2020 01:08 PM
Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

SHOREBIRD - it is ILLEGAL to run stop signs, yes even if you're in spandex. It is not illegal for an adult to be on a bike without wearing a helmet. BIG difference.

Col Feb 12, 2020 08:43 AM
Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

Agree that it is legal for this man to ride without a helmet. Kinda snarky of the author to even mention that side note. MANY cyclists get hit right there. Dangerous for drivers due to cyclists behavior.

a-1581531909 Feb 12, 2020 10:25 AM
Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

In case Roger has some popcorn left to enjoy this show, what about State Street downtown? Drivers who disregard traffic law, including driving through crosswalks occupied in their lane and blocking traffic to drop/pick up people rather than pull into the loading zone lane in every block. Teens doing bike gang wheelie show rides amid traffic through red lights and busy crosswalks. Most cyclists zipping through lights and close to pedestrians in crosswalks including those with red lights. Many pedestrians crossing at will without regard to crosswalks or red lights, some even stopping traffic to do so and giving the stink eye to anyone who doesn't like it. Then there are the skateboards, stand up scooters and other powered personal vehicles in traffic, in the bike lane, on the sidewalk, and all random variations. When will we have pedestrian airbags to reduce the carnage for the few who still enjoy walking amid this anarchy?

a-1581533063 Feb 12, 2020 10:44 AM
Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

Perfectly stated. There is so much bad traffic related behavior that needs to be addressed in this town. But it also should be stated that it should be addressed based on risk and (i'll say) attitude. One guy taking it upon himself to harass cyclists on a bike trail is not the time and place. He's likely got other issues going on. As a cyclist, we must always be defensive, give every vehicle and pedestrian the right of way, and remain vigilant at all times. Rolling through a stop sign is not always a big deal. In fact, it is legal in some States. Let's judge the actions on the merits and intent. But more importantly, let's treat people with respect and the let the police do their jobs. God knows, we could use more practically minded, respectful people in this world.

DBD Feb 12, 2020 10:56 AM
Man Harassing Cyclists at Patterson Crossing

Chicken or the Egg? Maybe there was a crazy man yelling at people so no one wanted to stop at the stop sign? I would run that stop sign all day long if there were some hostile crazy man stopped there, lol. His actions do not sound like something a sane person would do even if they wanted to.

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