James Ernst, driver in bike-rage harassment video, pleads not guilty to all charges
For his part, Friel says he hasn't been following developments too closely -- but he isn't surprised the driver says he's innocent.
Friel says it's still shocking to him that a normal weekend bike trip could have resulted in such drama.
"I guess I'm just amazed that my leisurely Sunday morning ride has to lead to a day like this," he says. "It's just too bad that...it had to end up like this when, to the letter of the law, the cyclists did exactly what they were supposed to do."
Ernst's guilty plea comes just a week after a similar alleged harassment case made headlines. In it, a Deer Creek Canyon driver in a Ford Ranger honked at a group of cyclists, eventually knocking one to the ground and crushing his bike.
The silver lining to Friel's case, he says, is that in the wake of the high-profile incident, more people are talking about the need for better behavior on the road.
"It's good for cyclists' rights to get the word out there that we should all share the road together, cohesively," he says, adding, "I think there's quite a bunch of evidence on our side."
He hopes the story doesn't discourage people from cycling as a mode of transportation.
"Every employer in the state of Colorado should encourage their employees to ride to work," he says. "I want more people on their bikes on the road."
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