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Re: “Bicyclists call for safer streets in Little Rock

My husband and myself stopped riding our bikes in Little Rock this past May. We live downtown. We enjoyed riding our bikes to local haunts to grab something to eat, or my husband would ride his bike to work (he works at Acxiom). However, we stopped riding...forever. We were returning home and were riding south on Main Street. We were on the portion where there is a double yellow. From behind came a black SUV who pulled up right on us. The driver revved her engines and honked at us. There was no where for us to move. Then the SUV took her half right out of the middle. Passing on the double yellow, running us off of the road. I was shaking...as that was almost it for us. Diane's story is the fate of every bicyclist in LR if something doesn't change.

Oh...and what did the SUV do once it almost committed vehicular manslaughter? It raced up the street about 2 blocks, swung a u-turn and parked in front of Community Bakery. The driver then ran across the street towards the bakery.

Once we caught up to the SUV, we parked behind it and I called the police. Finally, when the police arrived...the officer admitted that he did not know the law with regards to bicyclist. He actually radioed into to the station (or whomever officers speak to when they "radio in") - and the person he spoke with told us that we should have been riding on the sidewalks! NOT!

The officer said that he could do nothing. Oh, did I mention that the SUV did not have any plates?! (seems there is some talk in the comments about tags paying for roads...hahaha) Well the SUV was a demo from North Point Toyota...and it was being driven by an employee. Best demo ever, not!

So, my husband and I walked our bikes home...and that was the day we STOPPED riding our bikes in Little Rock.

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Posted by Lisa Twillie Woodruff on 12/20/2012 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Pedestrian and bike safety campaign downtown

The "pedestrian and bike safety campaign"...what a joke?!! I can only guess that local police officers weren't told about this? I live downtown where I go for walks and attempt to ride my bike. Just today (Sunday, May 20) my husband and I were riding on Main Street a couple of blocks north of Community Bakery when a black SUV came up behind us (about 1:05pm). The driver then proceeded to honk at us, then swerved around us to pass us, barely missing us...on a double yellow line...with no license plate. I commented to my husband, "I bet she is on her way to Community Bakery"...guess what I was right! As we were only a couple of blocks away from the bakery, we watched this woman do a u-turn and parallel park across the street from eatery. We parked our bikes next to the vehicle and I called the police. The officer that showed up, Officer Williams, said that there was nothing that he could do, because it was our word against hers...regarding what happened. He said that there was no way to tell whether or not she tried to hit us...and that the only way he would ever had known for certain was for her to actually hit us!

So I asked him if he knew what the laws are for bicyclers? He said that he did not, but radioed into someone and told me that bicyclers in Arkansas were to only take up a small amount of the lane and motor vehicles could always pass us. I am not sure who was telling him this information, because the Arkansas Department of Motor Vehicle's website says that bicycles are to be treated as motor vehicles, bikes should always stay in the right lane and abide by all traffic lights and signs, and should never ride on the sidewalk.

About the woman driving the black Jeep SUV? She works at North Point Toyota and claimed that she was driving the SUV as a demo. I am sure North Point Toyota would like to know that their employees are driving around attempting vehicular manslaughter...all just to get to a lunch date on time.

As far as I am concerned, and in my opinion, what that woman did to my husband and me was the same as waving a gun in our face. She threatened us with her vehicle.

So today, I give up. I don't want to ride my bike anywhere in this town. Because what happened today wasn't the first time I have been threatened. I have had things thrown at me, yelled at, tailgated, you name it. The police don't care, and I guess for the most part they themselves don't even know what the laws are!!

Oh, and May is supposed be National Ride Your Bike Month???!! NO THANKS!!

Posted by Lisa Twillie Woodruff on 05/20/2012 at 3:01 PM

 

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