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Video: Cyclist pack and one pissed-off driver -- real Colorado wildlife

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Mark Ewell isn't anti-bicycle. He's a runner but occasionally rides himself, although usually mountain bikes. But he's definitely anti-bicyclists who are "completely indifferent to vehicle traffic and the law." And on Saturday morning, when he was traveling along Marksheffel Road outside of Colorado Springs, he encountered a pack of bicyclists who seemed to think that "this is their road -- never mind it's two lanes."

So he grabbed his phone and documented the cyclist pack, then posted it on Facebook.

And he also provided the applicable portion of law that the cyclists were violating:

(6) (a) Persons operating bicycles on roadways shall ride single file; except that riding no more than two abreast is permitted in the following circumstances:
(i) When riding two abreast will not impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic; or
(ii) When riding on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

Here's what Ewell saw:



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patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

Mark Ewell has pulled the video off Facebook -- and so it is off the Westword site. He also provided the following statement:

I would like to apologize to the cycling community of Colorado for the video that was posted by Westword on Monday.

While the cyclists in question were clearly breaking state law by riding in a pack instead of single file, that does not excuse my commentary or actions. I intended the video to demonstrate the attitudes and indifference of cyclists, but was more successful in showcasing my own frustrations.

I will be examining myself as a result of this incident. Perhaps the cyclists who engage in the behavior shown in the video will be able to overlook my comments and consider their own behavior as well. Hey - maybe we can go for a ride together sometime. Or a run.

Mark

FLcyclist
FLcyclist

It appears that he pulled the video off his Facebook page now. But, he's still defending his actions and denying that he broke any laws during his little temper tantrum behind the wheel.

DontHitMeBro
DontHitMeBro

I know Mark is monitoring these things, as he's commenting on FB.  I'm remaining anonymous because I think he is mentally unhinged and needs help.

Mark, what do you have to say for your self at 0:35 in the video?  You honk and harass a *single cyclist* that is not part of the pack.  Are you proud of yourself?  Can you defend your illegal  actions of harassment/endangerment and improper use of horn?  Would you do the same to myself or my wife if we were riding right on the white line on the side of the road (or fixing a car or walking) while you were focused on a pack of cyclists ahead?

After that, your passing of a line of cars would likely be seen as endangering others.  Then, "Hate You Hate You Hate You"...

If you think you're innocent, go ahead and re-watch 0:35.  You need to seek help and I hope justice finds you.

Mike Bailey
Mike Bailey

I'm about to ride my single speed 3 miles to downtown from City Park, and not once will I hit the middle of ANY lane. How could riding down the center of the road possibly be comfortable or fun? Unless you get your thrills from being an obstruction in the road yourself, risking it just to be a prick.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Long past time to start Regulating Bicycles Like Automobiles!

              *** Regulation Works! ***

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

I just shared his facebook post on the Colorado Springs Police Department page.  Let's see if anyone of importance actually monitors it.

COSCyclist
COSCyclist

Mark is known for being an angry little man. Literally probably 5'4" or so and always an angry person. I agree with Rush Carter. Someone should send this to the authorities.  

Shoshannah Ebersole
Shoshannah Ebersole

I'm not condoning what the cyclist here are doing; I just want to point out that the closer to the curb you ride the more likely you are to have more debris and road hazards. Not to mention if there's parking allowed on the side of the road. Some vehicles have side-view mirrors that come out 2 or even 3 feet from the driver's side door, or you might have someone open a driver's side door and not even look, causing an accident. There are a lot of reasons why cyclist do ride closer to the middle of the lane. Requiring cyclist to hug the curb is just asking for an accident.

Rush Carter
Rush Carter

The driver also: appeared to violate the three foot rule. Used his horn to attempt to intimidate the cyclists. Passed other motor vehicles in a situation that likely cut them off. Used a cell phone while driving. He should be ticketed for reckless driving. Any volunteers to submit this video to the Sheriff for these purposes. At minimal hopefully they would perform an educational visit.

Rush Carter
Rush Carter

If the cyclist were riding single file they would be harder to pass. Given the three foot rule + one foot of space to the white line for the speed they were going + 1 foot body thickness would leave the car at 5 feet from the white line minimum. Therefore you must use the other lane to pass.

Anthony B Garcia
Anthony B Garcia

The driver is kind of a dick,but,the riders seem to be just a bunch of elitist assholes! They are breaking the law! His dickhead crossing a solid line trick was not too smart.

Mike Bailey
Mike Bailey

Legal or whatever, if you are riding your bike in the middle of the lane, you are a DICK!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DontHitMeBro "After that, your passing of a line of cars would likely be seen as endangering others"

More bullshit.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@DontHitMeBro "illegal  actions of harassment/endangerment and improper use of horn?"

Bullshit.

ianbrettcooper
ianbrettcooper

@Mike BaileyIt's not comfortable or fun - that's not the point. The point is, it's safer - you can be seen most easily by motorists and if they pass too closely, you have room to the right to move over.

If you're hugging the curb, motorists often try to overtake within the same lane - especially if there's oncoming traffic in the next lane to the left - and if you get passed too closely then, there is no option to move right other than by mounting the curb or going off-road, both of which are very dangerous.


If you ride in the gutter, you are risking being rear-ended, or right hooked, or run off the road. Only ignorant or novice cyclists ride close to the curb.

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay  

so do bike lanes and wide shoulders and courteous drivers

ianbrettcooper
ianbrettcooper

@DonkeyHotay if regulation works, why do licensed motorists in the US cause 30,000 fatalities per year?

Regulation does not work.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

Well, apparently the facebook page is monitored, as they removed the posting without response.  Lazy police are good at being lazy. 

btbop
btbop

@steppesmusic  

actually, you should contact the police and submit this video to them directly. They would LOVE to get in touch with this driver. I had a similar situation happen to me and I got video. The driver lost her license and was fined and the passenger was fined as well. The story made the news. Police love to enforce this stuff. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Shoshannah Ebersole A three foot side mirror.  Dang, that's a whopper.  

ianbrettcooper
ianbrettcooper

@Mike Bailey You are a dick if you don't understand that riding a bike far to the right is inherently dangerous for cyclists. The middle of the lane is the safest place to ride.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

Passing more than one car at a time (let alone half a dozen), at speeds above the posted limit, and blaring one's horn is not considered a safe pass.

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay @DontHitMeBro  

depends on if he exceeded the speed limit or not.  As insightful as your comments are, you might need to reconsider their validity.

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay @DontHitMeBro  

actually, it's not. When police get a hold of his video, they will probably be paying him a visit. Road rage is illegal. 

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@ianbrettcooper"Only ignorant or novice cyclists ride close to the curb." So you're the authority on how to ride a bike? 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ianbrettcooper ... and not regulating or licensing 190,000,000 drivers in the U$ would result in fewer fatalities?

LOL!

Moron.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ianbrettcooper ... so who's forcing you to ride on public ROADWAYS at all?

If you can't accept the inherent danger, then TAKE A BUS!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop "depends on if he exceeded the speed limit or not."

Prove it.

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay @btbop what part of "video evidence" are you confused by? There were clear unlawful violations caught by the camera, until the video owner pussed out and removed it. See? At least he knows better.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop

What part of "a cop cannot issue a speeding ticket for alleged speeding he did not personally witness/calculate." don't you comprehend?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop ... more legal nonsense from the ignorant arrogant biker.

A cop cannot issue a speeding ticket for alleged speeding he did not personally witness/calculate.

Keep lying.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop "Your brilliance is overwhelming"

Your legal ignorance, lies and bullshit have been exposed.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop "because I won't be responding to you.  "

Archived for future humiliation.

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotaymy favorite post:

"PROVE you're not a troll hired by Westword to draw responses.  Until you do, you can have the last word, because I won't be responding to you.  You're just too sad or hired which is double sad FAIL!"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop "A slow old granny in her Lincoln driving at 25mph is not obstruction. At best, they are impeding - which is not illegal. "

Epic FAIL!

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay@btbop

Minimum speed regulation.

(1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any highway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable forward movement of traffic, except when a reduced speed is necessary for safe operation of such vehicle or in compliance with law.

(2) Whenever the department of transportation or local authorities within their respective jurisdictions determine, on the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation as described in the state traffic control manual, that slow speeds on any part of a highway consistently impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, said department or such local authority may determine and declare a minimum speed limit below which no person shall drive a vehicle, except when necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

(3) Notwithstanding any minimum speed that may be authorized and posted pursuant to this section, if any person drives a motor vehicle on a highway outside an incorporated area or on any controlled-access highway at a speed less than the normal and reasonable speed of traffic under the conditions then and there existing and by so driving at such slower speed impedes or retards the normal and reasonable movement of vehicular traffic following immediately behind, then such driver shall:

(a) Where the width of the traveled way permits, drive in the right-hand lane available to traffic or on the extreme right side of the roadway consistent with the provisions of section 42-4-1001 (2) until such impeded traffic has passed by; or

(b) Pull off the roadway at the first available place where such movement can safely and lawfully be made until such impeded traffic has passed by.

(4) Wherever special uphill traffic lanes or roadside turnouts are provided and posted, drivers of all vehicles proceeding at less than the normal and reasonable speed of traffic shall use such lanes or turnouts to allow other vehicles to pass or maintain normal traffic flow.

(5) Any person who violates any provision of this section commits a class A traffic infraction.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop = typical arrogant biker, ignorant of the law, makes up lies and bullshit.

42-4-1103. Minimum speed regulation.

(1) (a) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any highway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable forward movement of traffic

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay @btbop riding a bike is not obstruction. Laying in the road is. A slow old granny in her Lincoln driving at 25mph is not obstruction. At best, they are impeding - which is not illegal.

5280FreeRider
5280FreeRider

@ianbrettcooper Hey Mr. Big Shot "I've trained with the League of American Bicyclists," so you were trained to break the law? Because that is exactly what these riders were doing. Although I do not agree with all of Mr. Ewell's actions I do understand his frustration. I live in Boulder County and have to deal with this mob mentality of pack riding often. I do not have anything against cyclists on the road, as I often go on road rides myself. But we follow the rules sticking to the shoulder, not riding two abreast when traffic is present. Riders like this will continue to do this until law enforcement starts writing citations and the court follows through, not just a slap on the back of the hand. Unfortunately like everything else, the only way things will change is when a major tragedy occurs, like a whole pack of riders being taken out by someone. As for you cyclists who want to challenge the vehicles on the road, go for it (my money is on the cars). I just do not want to hear your bitching, or the cries of family and friends when they scrape you off the pavement.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ianbrettcooper ... so KNOWING that motorists -- driving multi-ton vehicles of iron and steel -- don't understand *your* safety, *you* still willingly choose to place yourself in the middle of the street, in traffic, on a continual basis.

... at your peril ... Q.E.D.


ianbrettcooper
ianbrettcooper

@DonkeyHotay

 I've trained with the League of American Bicyclists as a cycling instructor and my training has taught me that the middle of the lane is the safest place to ride. The problem is, motorists do not understand cycling safety.

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay @ianbrettcooper  

with guys like you, riding at all is peril. Would you feel better with manslaughter added to your list of credentials? 

 

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay@btbop

If the right-hand lane then available for traffic is wide enough to be safely shared with overtaking vehicles, a bicyclist shall ride far enough to the right ...to facilitate the movement of such overtaking vehicles  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop 

  1. Any person operating a bicycle or an electrical assisted bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic shall ride in the right-hand lane, subject to the following conditions:
    1. If the right-hand lane then available for traffic is wide enough to be safely shared with overtaking vehicles, a bicyclist shall ride far enough to the right ...to facilitate the movement of such overtaking vehicles ...

btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay@btboplol! I can see you're still in character, but, I'll play along.

Let's break this down. #1. By law a motorist (that includes me when I'm driving my car) must yield no less than 3 feet  to the cyclist. This means that in most cases, a vehicle will need to go into the other lane. #2. A vehicle may cross a double yellow line in order to safely pass a cyclist. So, whether or not a cyclist is riding on the white line or a few feet to the inside of the road, there is no excuse for a motorist not to leave their lane, nor, in most cases is it legal to try and stay in the lane while passing. #3. as for a sport like cycling where you are sharing roads with cars, safety is first. I have kids that would like me to be home for dinner. 

* bright clothing helps to be seen

* riding 3-4 feet from the right allows a cyclist to be more visible, allows more room to maneuver avoiding pot holes, road debris, other pedestrians-like runners- car doors, etc.  and allows the motorist to recognize that a cyclist is a vehicle, not a pedestrian, and take a wider path around him / her to pass (tractors are slow too, they can't move over, can't speed up, have a right to the road.)

* riding like traffic - using your lane as required, stopping at lights, using hand signals, using left lanes to turn left, right lanes to turn right, obeying speed limits, yielding to pedestrians, passing on the left, staying off sidewalks, using designated lanes, etc. If you want to come home alive / uninjured, you need to ride like traffic.

* riding in groups is generally safer as groups are more visible to motorists and if someone gets injured or killed, there are witnesses and help immediately available. Riding single file in a group of more than 4 riders is more precarious not only for the cyclists, but, for the traffic as well. In this group of 20 or so cyclists, if you do the math, would create a line of people that would stretch out over 200 feet! 

Suppose you are running on a bike path with a group of your buddies. Which scenario works best for you?

1. Running single file and letting cyclists take risks to pass you whizzing by you within inches of your life so they don't hit the group of oncoming cyclists. Or, perhaps hitting you to avoid other traffic, slamming into you knocking you to the dirt,

2. Running in a pack taking up the path lane and letting the cyclist slow down, you hear the squeaky brakes behind you as they call out, "on your left!" or "move over!" You, content in the knowledge that you pissed off an asshole biker, but, were more safe in the process.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@btbop  ... arrogant biker nonsense.

Riding to the right allows for EASIER passing of obstructing slow-moving bicyclists by cars, as the cars have more opportunity to pass them safely, without having to cross entirely into the other lane.


btbop
btbop

@DonkeyHotay  

you can't really be that ignorant, can you? I know, lol! You're just playing the role ignorant cycling hating douche to demonstrate how many idiots think. Ha! Ha! Had me fooled there. Riding far to the right is dangerous because it encourages drivers to try to squeak by without leaving their lane, thus, coming too close, hitting with a mirror, forcing the cyclist off the road, etc. But, you knew that. Duh!

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