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Old 03-03-2009, 07:21 AM
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Default Update on Oregon WCX 880 Red Jeep Cherokee

Since I last posted regarding this guy, I have witnessed him pass someone on the right who was stopped at a stop sign and signaling right. Wait it gets better. He drove over a planting strip and sidewalk to do it. Probably how he justifies a Jeep in the city.

And today he turned right from the left turn only lane, because the right turn cars were not going fast enough.

I have complained to the Beaverton Police, but this nutcase still plagues our streets. Since his schedule is regular, I get to see his antics almost every morning.

What else can be done?
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Old 03-03-2009, 11:49 AM
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I have complained to the Beaverton Police, but this nutcase still plagues our streets. Since his schedule is regular, I get to see his antics almost every morning.

What else can be done?
How predictable is it to spot him? If you could take a video clip of what he's doing and deliver that to the police, it should be a no-brainer for them.

If I lived closer to Beaverton I'd offer to help you record him. Perhaps someone nearby will offer their time?

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Old 03-06-2009, 10:15 PM
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Default Wa 537-vab

Location: Heading westbound on Mill Plain Boulevard in Vancouver, WA between Chkalov and I-205 (Google Maps)
Date & Time: 6:25 pm on Friday, March 6th, 2009
Vehicle: Small silver SUV
Plates: Washington 537-VAB
Driver: Blond-haired middle-aged white woman in red jacket

East of I-205, Mill Plain is three lanes in each direction. West of I-205, there are two lanes in each direction. Heading westbound, the rightmost lane must turn right onto I-205 northbound. There are signs stating this for over a third of a mile to the east. As such, I always move into and take the middle lane until it becomes the right lane on the west side of the freeway.

Nothing out of ordinary for rush hour traffic. Everything was exactly as expected. I was moving as fast as most traffic, even passing the cars on my right that were waiting to get onto I-205 northbound. I'm through Chkalov and approaching the overpass where I make absolutely certain to take the full width of the lane in order to remain as conspicuous as possible to the idiots racing in and out of the weave lane on the north side of the overpass. Just then, a woman wails her horn at me. It lasted for a good three or four seconds as she passed me at less then a safe distance and then cut me off, forcing me into the curb. I looked right at her as she yelled something along the lines of "Get the *expletive* off the road!" at me.

I immediately pulled over and kept repeating the plate number out loud as I called the cops. I'm assuming that all 911 calls are recorded, so the first thing I do is say the plate number as to have a record of it. A police officer was then sent out to look for the car. Hopefully I was able to provide enough information.

This tends to be a problem location simply due to the level of tired suburbanites commuting, and is only further compounded by the complete lack of bicycle facilities.
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:26 AM
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Default Viagra Blue Miyata

Oregon YXS-683 driven by - you guessed it - white hair white beard middle aged looser. Probably less than 5 years older than me, but looks at least 15 years older.

I am signaling and turning right from the center of the lane across a curb cut. Baby blue chooses to buzz by with less than 6 inches to spare at about 30 MPH. Posted speed is 20. He parked about 4 blocks away and I asked him if that was necessary. He denied speeding, crossing the double yellow line and coming too close. Math literacy skills? I reminded him that if I was in my car I would have even slowed down more for the right turn and the rules of the road are the same for bikes and cars. He thought he was sharing the road and I was not.

I wish there was something I could do besides preach to the choir.
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Old 03-12-2009, 12:45 PM
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I wish there was something I could do besides preach to the choir.
By following the rules of the road, signaling your turns, and riding respectfully, you are setting an important example and acting as a PR representative of our community. Over the long term, this has a strong impact even if you encounter a few close calls every so often. Don't be discouraged.

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Old 04-16-2009, 10:22 PM
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Default WA 927-NZK, red Saturn.

WA 927-NZK
Red two-door Saturn, I believe.

I was cycling westbound in the right-hand lane on Mill Plain Boulevard, when a car came up behind me and wailed on the horn. When I turned to look at the car, he sped up and attempted to rear-end me. I stopped, got off of my bike, and blocked him in as I called Police. As I was telling them the location and plate number, the driver drove up onto the sidewalk to get around me before turning north onto 136th Ave and speeding off. Thankfully, other motorists stopped and asked if everything was all right.

I am pretty sure that I can identify the driver by name.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:15 AM
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Default Further Update on Oregon WCX 880 Red Jeep Cherokee

I previously asked how long someone could drive like a complete jerk before the law or the law of averages caught up with them. It appears the answer is about 6 months.

This morning the nutcase in the red jeep was pulled over by 3 Beaverton PD. Simple traffic stops seldom require more than 2.

It will be interesting to see if he is still on the road and up to his old self.
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Angry UGL 570... Red Sports Car.

UGL 570 a red sports car (pontiac?)

I was riding into Portland this afternoon on Barbur Blvd. I passed Barbur Transit, and was heading straight for the next light at a good speed. I noted that the light was red, and several cars were stopped. I backed off the speed to try to time it so I wouldn't need to stop, and sure enough the light turned green. It was then that I felt nervous about the situation, and slowed down even further, and moved far to the right in the bike lane.

Suddenly, a red sports car, plate UGL 570 pulled right, just ahead of me, and proceeded to pull into a closed coffee stand to pull around to go back uphill. Had I not backed off my speed, and kept to the right in the bike lane I'd have been a victim of a right hook.

The driver looked like one of those guys you see on "The Deadlist Catch", and he had his curly, white haired, mother with him.

When he stopped, I expected him to get out and talk about what had just happened, but he just yelled "Sorry", in a tone that I felt was less than genuine, and then backed up to pull out and go back uphill.

It all happened so fast I didn't have a chance to pull my camera out, and since I wasn't hurt, and nobody stopped to see if I was ok, I kept moving too (but not before I wrote down the license plate).

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Old 08-27-2009, 07:35 AM
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Default Close call on N Skidmore

Riding west on N Skidmore just past MLK, approached and passed a large skip parked on the curb. As I was passing it, this light blue minivan (Oregon plate 533 CLC) approached and passed me on the left, and drove in toward me. Passed me with less than 6" between me and the car, and the skip hard on the right. Yipe!

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Default Eastside: Red Subaru Outback - 831 BRU

Outback that rusty red color- looks like late 1990's
Caucasian Gent - maybe in late 40's or 50's.

East Side - Heading West on Burnside: 82nd and Burnside

Stopped at the light - bicycle at the front of the cue next to a grey Taurus with Mr. 831 BRU behind.

Well 831 BRU decides it's unecessary to hold up a couple of seconds so the cyclist can get through the intersection. It's very narrow at this intersection - the bike lane takes a temporary hiatus until you cross the other side.

And there's these storm drains you really need to get around - they're not debilitating if you hit them but not pleasent to nail square.

So I choose a line that skirts the edge of the drain. It's no problem. While stopped there's plenty of room.

Everything's fine - I'm just behind Grey Taurus when Subaru...

Guns it... not more than 6 inches... BETWEEN OUR TIRES because I'm leaning to the right as much as possible to skirt the outer edge of the STORM DRAIN sitting right in my path and keeping my handlebars off his rearview mirror.

Then proceeds to tailgate the Taurus impatiently until out of site.

I used to think you look at the driver first when a vehicle approaches. No longer. Now it's License Plate AND THEN eye contact.
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