Photo by PoPville flickr user Nathan Castellanos
A reader reports Monday night:
“I’ve witnessed two very violent altercations between cyclists and drivers over the course of 1.5 years in DC – in the 1st one, the driver turned his car across two lanes of traffic and pulled a metal baseball bat out of his trunk against a cyclist he had knocked over.
Feb. 19th: I watched a convo between a cyclist in a bike lane on G St and 13th and a driver escalate to him pulling the cyclist off his bike, and beating him up. Thankfully the cyclist had pepper spray, since my screaming at the driver to stop didn’t do anything.
Moral of the story is road rage is real (especially against cyclists), wear a helmet, make sure your photos of license plates are clear, don’t be afraid to use a u-lock in self defense, and maybe carry pepper spray.”