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Commuting Cyclist Beware!

Watch out for this reckless and aggressive driver!
ZWS 915
man, late 30's or early 40's
medium short brown hair
sunglasses, long sleeve white shirt
average build

He was dropping off a young woman at the corner of se Stark and se 53rd at approximately 3:40 pm, Friday, November 9, 2007.

He almost hit a cyclist turning left from se Stark onto se 53rd. He started to yell at the cyclist when the cyclist tried to tell him he has a legal right to the lane and was turning left. The cyclist was blonde w/ blonde beard wearing red, riding red bike.

I tried to tell him the same thing and he started to chase me in his car south on se 53rd. He almost hit me, swerving intentionally to get me to stop and got out of his car to continue yelling at me.

I repeated the Oregon state law and he continued to yell at me saying "you don't know what you're talking about". He then started to chase me on foot.

I then turned back north on se 53rd and west onto se Stark. He continued to chase me in his vehicle, swearing out the window and exhibiting road rage.

How can I report this person to the police to ensure he doesn't harass, threaten bodily harm w/ his vehicle against another cyclist? Can he be issued a citation?

Help please! We don't want another cyclist killed by a careless, reckless and aggressive driver in Portland!

you have options 09.Nov.2007 16:44


1. you could call the police and report a crime. It seems to me that several have been committed including menacing, disorderly conduct, reckless driving, reckless endangering of another, etc.

2. you could issue a citizen citation. there has been some discussion of this on bike portland blog, or you could probably find out how to do so by calling Swanson Thomas Coon.