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Safely Overtake an Angry Cyclist

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If you drive on a road occupied by people on bicycles it is likely you have attacked or wanted to attack the cyclist.  Confrontations between drivers and cyclist may start out as relaxing, but can quickly take a turn for the worse.  Arm yourself with these tips and you can safely overtake a cyclist when the need arises.  

  • As the angry cyclist approaches you, be ready for action.  You must always assume they are approaching to do you harm.  Often the angry cyclist may approach you with the bicycle raised above their heads in a striking position.
  • Make sudden, fast, wild swinging movements.  Make a lot of noise.  If you have a can with rocks in it shake it loudly while shouting nonsense in the face of the cyclist. 
  • Move swiftly from side to side.  Don’t stand in one spot or you will get struck.
  • Move into the strike and grab the bicycle with your right hand. 
  • Spin the aggressor around where you are directly behind them.
  • Strike them hard in the center of the back with your fist.
  • As the cyclist goes down, deliver 3 strong strikes with the bicycle to the knee or back of the legs.
  • Throw the bicycle far out of reach of the injured cyclist.
  • Get in your car and drive to over the bicycle rendering it useless, and get ready for your next confrontation.
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Written by Dan

November 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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