The driver of a truck with a “God Bless John Wayne” bumper sticker allegedly ran someone riding a bike off the road, according to a report on BikeWise. The self-reported incident occurred in October while heading south on Spokane Street. Again, the person reporting the incident was not happy with SPD’s response.
Riding southbound on 1st ave S approaching a red light at Spokane St, the lane narrowed because of construction. I was riding on the right side of the lane, when I was passed by a Chevy Silverado truck, WA license plate B10266D. The truck passed so close to me that I was able to reach out and knock on the door as it went by, as a signal to the driver that he was too close.
He didn’t appreciate this, so he swerved to the right as I was next to his rear wheel. He completely cut off the space between his truck and the curb, while hitting the brakes. I braked hard, as his rear fender hit me from the side. We both came to a stop (he was stopped by red light traffic), and I went around to his driver’s side window to have a little conversation.
I didn’t immediately call 911 because I was on my way to work. Once in Kent, the SPD wouldn’t come to take a report. That night I went to the SPD station, and the officer wouldn’t take me seriously. He couldn’t believe I rode my bike to Kent from Seattle – he looked at me like I was homeless (I’m an engineer). He said that since I didn’t have a photo of the driver, they couldn’t prove he was driving at the time. Also, he said that just because the driver cut me off & hit me, I couldn’t prove it was intentional – it could be “just bad driving”. Thanks for the support, SPD.