Oh The Irony

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 15

I was almost run over by a casket supply truck this morning…nice big box truck with “Mathews casket international” on the side.  I know this because I got a close look at it when it screamed by me with only inches to spare.  If you see one of these trucks driving around, watch out, one of them is piloted by an asshole.

ASSHOLES!

I pulled up to him at the next red light (because lets be honest you never make it more than a block during the morning rush hour with hitting a red light, unless you’re on a bike) and knocked on his window. He declined to roll it down, so I screamed “ARE YOU TRYING TO DRUM UP BUSINESS!  YOU PASSED ME WAY TO CLOSE!” He stared at me with dead, dull eyes, I knew it was a lost cause and drove off.

It amazes me the kind of casual violence people will display towards each other when they are in cars/trucks.  This asshole nearly killed me so he could move forward 100 yards and then stop at a red light.  I see this kind of behavior all the time.  Its like the hours and hours of mind numbing stop and go traffic has decreased their mental acuity to the point that they no longer have any empathy for their fellow human beings.  Its not just cyclists, motorists seem to display the same lack of caring towards pedestrians and other folks in cars.

Makes me more and more convinced we need to do everything in our power to make cars and trucks a thing of the past. Be careful out there folks.


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4 Responses to “Oh The Irony”

  1. By Charlie Rosenberg on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    Sorry you had this experience with the truck driver.

    As I was riding down the Southwest Corridor bike path on Monday I pulled up to a cross street and was delighted when the driver stopped to let me cross. I then realized that this has happened quite a few times over the past month. Thinking about previous years biking on the same path, car almost never bothered to stop for bikes. In fact, it was not that rare for cars to swerve around me and honk or swear as I tried to get them to stop.

    Of course my experience is anecdotal but it does seem to me that Boston drivers are getting a bit better about sharing the road with bikes. Let’s hope that as more bikes get out there, that drivers will become more use to us and learn to share the road.

    Has anyone else noticed that drivers do seem to be getting slightly better in their interactions with bikes?

  2. By Matt on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    Charlie – I ride the SWC path and have noticed an improvement at well. At the same time I’ve screamed at MBTA bus drivers and drivers of other trucks/cars after similar close calls. If they refuse to engage, I usually leave them with something like this:

    “If you kill me – or anyone else on a bike – I/we won’t feel anything after I/we die. You, however, will spend the rest of your life knowing that you killed an innocent person out of your own negligence. So maybe you should slow down and give more room when you are passing.”

    I like to think that leaving them with that will change their behavior. At worst, it make me feel better.

  3. By rob on Apr 15, 2014 | Reply

    You should call the company up and give them a report on the driving habits of guys driving around in giant advertisements with their name on it….. They might be less happy and more receptive than the driver… Explain the details…. They should hear it…

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