It’s gone viral.
A Madison cyclist wearing a GoPro or similar recording device is riding on Jenifer Street on Madison’s east side when a motorist comes up fast from behind him and tries to run him off the road – three times.
When he finally succeeds in stopping the cyclist, he gets out of his car and advances toward the cyclist in a threatening manner. They exchange strong language but it appears that the motorist is angry because the cyclist has taken the lane. He apparently doesn’t understand that the cyclist is within his legal rights. There are even sharrows on the street in these blocks underscoring that very point: motor vehicles and bikes can share the lane.
The incident, posted to You Tube on Friday morning, has had lots of views. But as ugly as it is, it’s also a teachable moment.
Cyclists have every right to take the lane when they feel it is the safest option. In this case, with a solid line of parked cars on a relatively quiet street, the cyclist was smart to stay out of the door zone. In addition, from the looks of the video, he was moving along briskly and not impeding auto traffic.
The driver in this case was clearly in the wrong and his identity should not be hard to track down. The Bike Fed has asked the Madison Police Department to find him, talk to him about what he did, and press any appropriate charges. His behavior was dangerous and inexcusable.