In a follow up to a blog we wrote a week and a half ago, the driver in an east side Madison road rage incident that went viral online has issued an apology. I’ve pasted it below.
I’ve removed the driver’s name and we also haven’t reported the name of the cyclist. That information is easy enough to find if you really want to know. For my part, I wish the driver hadn’t led with his first paragraph and just left it at the second, but it is what it is.
The important thing is that this is an opportunity to think about how important it is to treat one another with respect out on the roads.
Let’s just accept his apology, dial down the anger and figure out how to get along out there.
Here is the driver’s note:
For your sake, and for your mother’s sake, please don’t flip off people and then spit on their cars. It’s just a question of time before you come across someone who isn’t willing to walk away. And whether your assailant is arrested or not, that won’t change the fact that your eye socket is fractured or your jaw is wired shut. It just isn’t wise to act like that on so many levels.
As for my part, I made mistakes and I apologize for them. I apologize to you and my neighbors. I’ve lived on Spaight Street for over 25 years. I spend a lot of time on a bike on Jenifer Street. I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I’m sorry I overstepped my rights when I tried to enforce the decorum to which I’m accustomed in my neighborhood.