Just [7pm Monday night] nearly got run over on the US Capitol Grounds by a very aggressive biker who really added a cherry on top by screaming that I was a “stupid c*nt” for using the curbcut.
Walking downhill near the botanic garden about to cross the street – on what feels like a footpath but I guess doubles as a bike path which is confusing as bikes aren’t generally allowed on sidewalks downtown. Was wearing white so I could easily be seen.
Biker was coming very fast directly towards me and I was on the sidewalk. I head toward the curbcut to cross the road and when he wasn’t moving I said “hey!”
He didn’t slow down or move, nearly running me over, then screamed at me to not to use the curbcut as those are “only for bikers,” and threw in the special slur. White male, mid-40s, lots of lights on his bike and maybe a camera on his helmet.
I’ve got a knee problem so prefer to use curbcuts and am pretty sure they aren’t reserved for bikers, wondered what others thought or if others had had a run in with this guy around the hill.
I know the bike-car-pedestrian wars are constant, but this seemed more aggressive and offensive than the usual. I’ve lived in DC 25+ years and never had another pedestrian, biker, or even driver act quite like this.