Monday, June 16, 2014
A group of cyclists took to Coleman Boulevard early one morning, but had a little run-in with a motorist who did not want to share the road, a report said.
According to a police report, a woman flagged down a cop that passed by the group of 40. She explained that a car was driving very close to the bike lane when the left-hand lane was clear and he could have easily traveled in that lane.
She told the officer she could hear the motorist yelling at the other cyclists while other riders were ringing their bells to indicate they were there.
She said riders had to squeeze tight in the bike lane to avoid being hit.
One rider ran into the back of the vehicle and fell down but did not want to be involved in making any reports.
She said the driver stopped at the next traffic light and they told him a rider was down and he said he did not care and cussed them, the report said.
The motorist also added in that he rides bikes too.
She told the police that after the verbal confrontation she wrote down the license tag number, which she gave to the officer.
Another witness confirmed her story and said he blew his horn at the bikers and paced them when he could have changed lanes and moved on.
The officer called the registered owner of the vehicle and left a message. A short time later the owner called police back and said he was involved with an altercation with a large number of cyclists.
He said he was driving in the left-hand lane in an attempt to avoid the cyclists who were taking up more than just the bike lane.
He said he yelled out of the window for them to ride single file. After passing them, he said he then moved back into the right-hand lane.
He said a couple of riders were riding aggressively towards his car and one had to lay his bike down to avoid running into the car.
He also stated that multiple cyclists surrounded his car and began yelling at him. He said once the light turned green, he drove on ahead because he had his kids in the car and did not want to get involved in any dispute.
Police were still investigating this incident.