Today there was a story on NPR about “road rage,” and the continuing escalation of anger between motorists and cyclists on our busy urban streets. This story derived from the recent conviction of Doctor Christopher Thompson who used his vehicle as a weapon and seriously injured two road cyclists in L.A.’s Mandeville Canyon. Turns out this ER doctor was a repeat offender and omitted to police in purposely hitting cyclists to “teach them a lesson.” The Doc could face up to 10 years in prison and is a landmark case for protection of cyclists, according to Laren Mooney, editor of Bicycling Magazine.
More on the conviction of Doctor Thompson from the LA Times, from November, 2009.
Listen to the “all things considered” NPR story here.
In other “road rage” news..In Philadelphia, Bicycle Messenger, Rachel Fletcher, speaks out about how she was recently hit by a car on Thanksgiving…
And according to Gothamist, a recent Hunter College report, shows that bike lanes are blocked by motor vehicles 60% of the time.
Read more here.