- Mar 8, 2012
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I wonder if he’s related the guy a friend of mine had a run in with while cycling?
So I had a Twilight Zoneish experience with another cyclist yesterday riding home.
On warm sunny days, the Strand is crowded, so I usually take the street in Hermosa. That means stopping for several stop signs along the way.
I had ridden past Pier and was waiting at the stop light just south of there. The light changed and a millennial looking guy on a fixie swooped by when the light turned green.
There is a stop sign, another stop sign a short block further. The next stop sign is about 0.2 mile further. We both stop at the first stop sign, but at the next, the guy on the fixie rolls through at about 10 MPH. Since I stopped, he is now 30 yards or so ahead of me and pedaling furiously.
About halfway into the block I caught him and he suddenly slowed down.
"I don't want to ride near you. People like you are dangerous and give cyclists a bad name."
"What are you talking about?"
"You ran that stop sign back there. I hate when people do that."
That is a heck of a thing to accuse me of. I am in the 3 sigma minority of cyclists that make a point of stopping at stop signs. I've had the police stop me to compliment me on it.
"I'm afraid you your law correct, but your facts incorrect. I stopped. You rolled through, and that's why you left the intersection 30 yards ahead of me."
He wasn't having it ... shaking his head and wagging his finger at me.