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Ugly cyclist-car encounter in Kensington

GoPro video shows up on local Reddit

The video starts with the cyclist pursuing the red car as it heads east on Adams Avenue.
The video starts with the cyclist pursuing the red car as it heads east on Adams Avenue.

A bicyclist who GoPro'ed herself as she followed a car, argued with the driver and then hit or kicked the rear view mirror lit up Reddit yesterday by posting the video of the encounter. The post picked up momentum when the driver joined Reddit and gave her explanation of what happened.

Neither the driver nor the cyclist, both female, could be easily identified.

The video starts with the cyclist pursuing the red car as it heads east on Adams Avenue just west of the 15 freeway.

The car turns right into the parking lot across Adams from Ponce's, adjacent to the building that houses the Kensington theater and the Ken Club; and the bicyclist follows.

The cyclist bangs on the car trunk and orders the driver: "Get the fuck out bitch..... I need to talk to you."

"Why are you so upset with me?" the driver asks at one point.

The cyclist insists she saw the driver texting on her phone, which the driver has tucked on her lap between her thighs.

It devolves into an argument that goes: No I wasn't, Yes you were. The driver admits she didn't see a pedestrian in a crosswalk before the video starts, and says she stopped in time to yield and apologized to the man.

"That means you were texting," the cyclist says.

"Are you a cop?" the driver says. "Who the fuck are you?"

"I'm a cyclist," the cyclist says.

The encounter ends with the cyclist saying, "You know what? Fuck you" and hitting or kicking the driver side mirror so it bends completely forward. The cyclist then slips between the barriers that prevents cars from going south on Terrace Drive. She moves quickly down Terrace, and onto Central Avenue and then takes the sidewalk (legal in San Diego) to go the wrong way on a well-marked one way street. At El Cajon Boulevard, the video stops. Along the way, the camera — and presumably her eyes — swivel to the side streets that intersect her route, in a move that looks like making sure she wasn't followed.

Reddit users seemed mostly sympathetic, with some complimenting the driver for how calmly she handled the situation. At no time in the video does the red car appear to put the cyclist at risk.

Using the sign-on ReddRobin03, the driver described the cyclist as "female, black & grey hair curly & short. Big white helmet with predominant GoPro mounted on top. Wearing matching neon cycling top and pants. WEARS MATCHING TRIANGULAR CYCLING MASK ON FACE (LIKE A BANDANA) REVEALING ONLY EYES AND BAD ATTITUDE. MASK WAS NEON SQUARES IN A PIXELATED FORM. SERIOUS PENIS ENVY."

On Reddit, the driver said her mirror wasn't broken, it just went fully forward.

San Diego Police Lt. Scott Wahl said the department hasn't received any complaints that match the incident.

"Without a victim, we don't have a crime," he said.

But, he added, police always urge people to avoid such encounters.

"You don't know what's going through the other person's head and what they're capable of. The other person could have a gun or could be someone looking for a fight," Wahl said. "We tell people don't approach them, don't look at or talk to them, and get away as quickly and safely as possible."

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The video starts with the cyclist pursuing the red car as it heads east on Adams Avenue.
The video starts with the cyclist pursuing the red car as it heads east on Adams Avenue.

A bicyclist who GoPro'ed herself as she followed a car, argued with the driver and then hit or kicked the rear view mirror lit up Reddit yesterday by posting the video of the encounter. The post picked up momentum when the driver joined Reddit and gave her explanation of what happened.

Neither the driver nor the cyclist, both female, could be easily identified.

The video starts with the cyclist pursuing the red car as it heads east on Adams Avenue just west of the 15 freeway.

The car turns right into the parking lot across Adams from Ponce's, adjacent to the building that houses the Kensington theater and the Ken Club; and the bicyclist follows.

The cyclist bangs on the car trunk and orders the driver: "Get the fuck out bitch..... I need to talk to you."

"Why are you so upset with me?" the driver asks at one point.

The cyclist insists she saw the driver texting on her phone, which the driver has tucked on her lap between her thighs.

It devolves into an argument that goes: No I wasn't, Yes you were. The driver admits she didn't see a pedestrian in a crosswalk before the video starts, and says she stopped in time to yield and apologized to the man.

"That means you were texting," the cyclist says.

"Are you a cop?" the driver says. "Who the fuck are you?"

"I'm a cyclist," the cyclist says.

The encounter ends with the cyclist saying, "You know what? Fuck you" and hitting or kicking the driver side mirror so it bends completely forward. The cyclist then slips between the barriers that prevents cars from going south on Terrace Drive. She moves quickly down Terrace, and onto Central Avenue and then takes the sidewalk (legal in San Diego) to go the wrong way on a well-marked one way street. At El Cajon Boulevard, the video stops. Along the way, the camera — and presumably her eyes — swivel to the side streets that intersect her route, in a move that looks like making sure she wasn't followed.

Reddit users seemed mostly sympathetic, with some complimenting the driver for how calmly she handled the situation. At no time in the video does the red car appear to put the cyclist at risk.

Using the sign-on ReddRobin03, the driver described the cyclist as "female, black & grey hair curly & short. Big white helmet with predominant GoPro mounted on top. Wearing matching neon cycling top and pants. WEARS MATCHING TRIANGULAR CYCLING MASK ON FACE (LIKE A BANDANA) REVEALING ONLY EYES AND BAD ATTITUDE. MASK WAS NEON SQUARES IN A PIXELATED FORM. SERIOUS PENIS ENVY."

On Reddit, the driver said her mirror wasn't broken, it just went fully forward.

San Diego Police Lt. Scott Wahl said the department hasn't received any complaints that match the incident.

"Without a victim, we don't have a crime," he said.

But, he added, police always urge people to avoid such encounters.

"You don't know what's going through the other person's head and what they're capable of. The other person could have a gun or could be someone looking for a fight," Wahl said. "We tell people don't approach them, don't look at or talk to them, and get away as quickly and safely as possible."

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Studies show that aggressive driving is connected to identifying with one's car. Given the saving-the-world self-importance of the bike supremacists, there's no reason to think they're any different psychologically from a douche-y BMW driver. Both mess with the rest of us just trying to get from A to B in peace.

Oh, and since it got left out of the narrative, here's a screen cap from the video of the "Lycra Avenger" bravely giving the finger from safety:

July 28, 2017

She's got the GoPro to go-get a record of herself randomly ruining a day for a stranger, real time anger mode road-rage.

July 28, 2017

Good Grief. Maybe it's the heat and humidity.

July 28, 2017

lucky for you you did not say her time of the month

July 29, 2017

They should remove "humidity' from of the dictionary, most overused.

July 28, 2017

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Many people are armed. Be polite

July 30, 2017

Try driving in Leucadia if you want to see militant cyclists. I once had my car slapped because I was driving too slowly looking for an address! The guy then proceeded to go on down the center of road as if he owned the place, which I assume he surely did...lol

Aug. 3, 2017

Since cyclist don't pay any transportation taxes via gasoline purchases, why is money being spent on coddling them with special lanes? I used to ride my bike to work, and I had to share the road and beware of the dangers. I rode on Friars Rd., Morena, and other major roads that had small bike lanes. They were good enough for me. What is wrong with this excessively entitled generation?

Aug. 3, 2017

There are definitely true believers who think they should have space physically separated exclusively for them on public roads and that not having these coddling corridors is the only reason everyone else isn't like them.

But these people are very useful to pro-developer front groups, which are pushing for bike paths as part of their "multimodal infrastructure" agenda. As I've mentioned before, the argument is if we have streets with unused bike lanes, half-empty buses, and restricted vehicle mobility, then developers can claim density bonuses that allow them to not provide parking yet still charge market rates, pocketing the difference. It's a disaster already happening in slow motion.

P.S. It's still legal in San Diego to bicycle on sidewalks or to ride in the street even where these protected bikeways are installed—and both are privileges the bike supremacists insist on keeping. Now that is entitled!

Aug. 4, 2017

I'm not a cyclist, but it pisses me off when I see idiots who text while they're "driving." You can tell them from a long way away...generally not paying attention to the road - weaving or driving almost out of their lane, going 5 to 10 mph slower than the traffic on surface roads and, when you get close to them, you see they're looking down and not watching the road. Probably as dangerous as driving drunk and I'm often temped to pull up next to them, roll down my window and yell at them to put down the phone and drive their f**cking car.

Aug. 5, 2017

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