I first heard about this incident (Cyclist Pack Attacks Car Driver) via email fromCyclesab3. Now I see it has made BROL as well. Now as you see in this article, the cyclists are challenging the accusation.
The first thing that came to my mind, was a sign I had previously posted here, that PERFECTLY fits this historically on going issue. I have ridden with quite a few weekend morning ride groups, including the one apparently involved here and for the most part, the majority of participants are there to have a good time. BUT, there are also Stallions, Wannabe’s and others… that are clearly in a fantasy world and this is their TDF. (Tour De France) And YES, these groups do CLOG up A1A and I have witnessed numerous close vehicle / bicycle calls on both sides. I have also observed local police verbally remind cyclists, (Via vehicle speaker) to keep a single file on A1A, which lasts until the officer is out of sight. I remember riding one time with a bunch, where a few blew (Their red light) through an intersection, in front of a local police cruiser. Ooooo, shi…!!!! And then after being pulled over, trying to argue their right… to run through a red light! :-/ Running bridge red lights is common too. Brush certain bicycle groups in a vehicle and you better hope you don’t get caught at the next traffic signal.
After a few months, me and my couch bike were actually welcome (By most…) to hang with some of the groups and I mostly enjoyed hanging out in the back and never getting into the pace (Or as one of my SFRR riders call them “Faith) lines or in the way of other cyclists. I also tried to avoid getting caught up in the testosterone moments, that change a friendly ride into a VICIOUS take no prisoners, road warrior movie scene. Sadly, a lot of the rides began to end up more like what I’ve just spoken of and that’s when I decided to do my own early morning zombie, ride at my own solitude pace and still have an enjoyable bike ride. Cyclists and vehicle operators confrontations are nothing new on A1A and will continue to be an issue.