Truck Crashes Cyclist on Carter Lake ride

There's usually two sides to every story but this one cyclist nor months of poor cycling choices ever justify this reckless and lethal behavior this driver showed in the email I received below today . I hope some of the improvements on lefthand canyon prevent things in Boulder getting as bad as they are in Larimer County.


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So I was out for what I thought was a typical solo Saturday training ride yesterday. I was coming up on some riders as I was going across the south dam at Carter Lake at about noon. I had just passed a lone rider and heard a vehicle coming from behind. I got over on the shoulder and as this truck was getting next to me it swerved over, hitting me with the mirror. Trying to remain calm I held upright and kept right on the edge of the road/dirt. The truck then continued hitting me at least 3 more times each time pushing further into the dirt off the side of the road until I crashed. Once I was down it swerved back into the street and continued on, blowing their horn at the groups of cyclist I had been closing in on prior to this event.

My bike suffered a slightly tweaked front wheel and a few scuffs and since it was nice and cold (thankful after crashing and cussing it beforehand) I had plenty of clothes to shred, so my elbow/forearm tears and hip rash and bruises are not so bad considering what I went through.

Two guys that I had passed just prior to this stopped to make sure I was ok and when I asked if they had the plate number they had not been able to focus and remember it. I think they were in as much shock as I was after seeing what had just happened. I have their contact info but after talking to the police it doesn't seem that much can come of it because nobody was able to get the plate numbers.
The truck was a very recent model dark gray Chevy extended cab with the blue CO veterans plate. From what I could get it may have a had a B,H, and V in the first 3 digits but that was the best I could do.

I keep hearing of more and more road rage incidents and was really disgusted with the actions that this person took and find it hard to understand.

Riding back home was lonely and stressful but in the end I rode off some of the soreness in my legs and burned off some of the adrenaline from it. Gotta get back out and ride now to try and get this behind me. I am really afraid that this person may kill someone if they aren't caught soon!

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The comment may have been

The comment may have been made in a 'less than serious' way, but the advice remains. Unless you've tried it, don't criticize. I have had it happen to me, more than a time or two. It works. If a car is alongside and you run out of room, don't try to ride it out, BRAKE. The driver will never expect it and there's no way they'll be able to brake quickly enough to stay along aside. And no, there is no reason to assume that braking quickly should put you under the car. Behind it, yes, under it, no.

It's not like fighting for position in a sprint, you'll never get the car (or truck) to move over by putting your shoulder into it. It's a position battle you will never win, so don't even try. A driver can not continuously push you off the road if you're no longer there, and once you're behind them, they're most likely going to just drive on. Just take a few deep breaths, memorize the license plate, and be glad you didn't crash.

Similar thing happened to a

Similar thing happened to a friend of mine last year, also near Carter. He ended up swing his arm into the open truck window and smashing the laughing passenger in the face. The truck sped off and luckily did not return on that day. Personally I prefer the "hit the brakes" suggestion.

Similar thing happened to a

Similar thing happened to a friend of mine last year, also near Carter. He ended up swing his arm into the open truck window and smashing the laughing passenger in the face. The truck sped off and luckily did not return on that day. Personally I prefer the "hit the brakes" suggestion.

Seems easy to me

The police are pathetically neutered. How many dark grey Chevy extended cabs are there with a Veteran's plate in the state? How many with marks on the passenger side mirror? I think "BHV" or close to it gets the DA well beyond shadow of a doubt" at a criminal trial. I would press the DA to do his/her job. This crap has to stop somewhere. If that doesn't fly, the burden of proof is massively lower in a civil case. I will help fund the PI if you want one.

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