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Cyclist in bottle-throwing incident to be arraigned on misdemeanor

Original post made on Jun 14, 2007

A trial may be ahead for the Menlo Park cyclist who threw a water bottle that bounced off a car and struck and injured a 62-year-old Portola Valley pedestrian last November.

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Comments (9)

Posted by BigDave469, a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2007 at 8:24 am

Wow! Is this a common event in the sport of cycling? He could also be liable for a civil suit! Maybe Marsha Clarke should be giving him a call? To bad Johnny Cocharon is not alive, I could just hear him saying in court... "if the bottle don't fit, you must acquit!"


Posted by ExRacer, a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2007 at 11:22 am

He apologized, as well as the other cyclists riding with him, which is a lot more than I can say for the dozens of car drivers and passengers I've seen hurl objects at myself and other cyclists, for doing nothing other than riding legally and bothering no one.


Posted by 50seda, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jun 15, 2007 at 10:04 am

Firstly this is a very rare occurence and clearly an accident.

I have been hit by cars twice in the last three years by mothers on phones, with TVs on in the back of the car with children screaming. I think intent is the key here and there was no intent to harm the lady.

With one person dying every 30mins in this country through drunk driving perhaps we should spend more time focused on key issues and letting people who make an honest mistake, apologise and move on.


Posted by Golden Rule, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 15, 2007 at 11:23 am

Except that the "mistake" in this case is that the cyclist was trying to pelt a CAR with his water bottle and mistakenly clocked a PEDESTRIAN.

"Oh, I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to harm you, I was trying to harm that other guy," isn't much of an apology. Maybe the perp ought to sign up for some remedial preschool so he can learn not to throw things at ANYBODY.


Posted by 50seda, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jun 15, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Golden Rule

some people see and use cars as weapons.........more often than cyclists throw bottles.

Its time Americans emulated Europe on cellphone usage when driving as a bigger problem to fix than cyclists throwing bottles!


Posted by Golden Rule, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 15, 2007 at 1:52 pm

Two wrongs don't make a right.


Posted by RTFM - California Driver Handbook, a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2007 at 4:58 pm

Since when has driving been a right? The last time I checked the driver handbook, it stated driving is a privilege and not a right.

People often forget what type of impact a 3,000lb vehicle can make on defenseless people, e.g. pedestrians, cyclists, children playing on the sidewalk, etc. If a driver decides to drive within inches of a cyclist to prove a point to a cyclist he/she does not own the road, does that mean the driver needs to go to remedial school? This is what every cyclist faces on a daily basis when riding on public roads.

It's unfortunate an innocent bystander was hurt. The particular morning when the car rolled past the Stop Sign in front of the cyclists, its windows were completely frosted over. The driver did not realize it had pulled in front of the group, let alone a group that came upon the car. Does that justify it? Definitely not. I just want to point out the lack of awareness or consideration drivers have.


Posted by Ralph, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jun 18, 2007 at 4:08 pm

One way for cyclists to avoid being inches away from a car is to avoid riding the white line of the bike lane.

Cyclists tend to have a reservoir of talent and a very good view of where they are, in part because they're not asked to include a vehicle chassis and a restricted line of sight in their calculations.

Is it any wonder that people who bring a wide spectrum of vehicle driving skills to the road are irritated by cyclists who dance in and out of the bike lane?

I think the law is clear about where cyclists need to be when they're on a road mixing it up with cars and trucks.

And who are cyclists to split hairs about driving privileges when they routinely flout the most common traffic law around: stopping at a stop sign.

Bicycles are small and maneuverable and ideal for the physically fit; cars are big and clumsy and driven by anyone and everyone. That's a reality cyclists need to recognize. Clean up your act and I suspect you'll find that drivers won't be as irritating, from your point of view.


Posted by TwoPedals, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 20, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Actually, the left edge of the bike lane is the proper place most of the time for urban riding, assuming there is a bike lane. Many people can't tell the difference between a shoulder and a bike lane. In any case, the right edge of the road accumulates all the debris and is often unsafe for riding. Also, many drivers stick out into the intersection before stopping, so staying all the way to the right will have them in your path before they look to see if you are there. Drivers who are approaching from behind are much more likely to see you than those coming from side streets, driveways or parking lots. The most important thing for bicyclists is to pick a location and ride a nice steady straight line, maintaining that lane position. Keep a safe distance from parked cars and roadside hazards, and don't worry about where the paint is. Move over a bit to give drivers more room to pass if it is safe for you to do so, but don't weave back and forth in between parked cars or try to follow the ragged edge of the pavement.


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