03 December 2009

Danish "Cyclist" Beats Up Bus Driver


This is so frightfully un-Danish and certainly not representative of what we do here. But wackos are all over the place.

A Danish 'cycling enthusiast' went nuts and chased after a bus that he felt passed him too close while it was avoiding oncoming traffic. The 'cyclist' followed the bus to the end station outside of Aarhus and then boarded it to begin beating the bus chaffeur, leaving him badly cut and bruised.

The man was caught on the busses camera and it took two weeks for the police to apprehend him, but they did so in the end. Not really a great advert for Team CSC - now Saxobank.

13 comments:

Jose said...

On the monthly critical mass in Madrid, sometimes I see behaviours from fellow cyclists that are not that different from rage car drivers, aggressive to other road users, no patience to delays or inconveniences, etc.

Is it the traffic or the road that makes us like that, rather than the vehicle or the traffic jams?

George said...

Lycra seems to make it impossible to relax. If you have to slow or stop, you get quite upset. He's better off wearing cotton.

Miguel said...

Wool is quite civilized, too.

Martin said...

The same thing happened in Sydney, not so long ago. A Cyclist was riding along a T-way ( Bus only Transit lane)when the Bus cut him off into a concrete barrier. He got on at the next Bus stop and whacked the driver ,all on CCTV!

Anonymous said...

Driver behavior towards other cars that may seem a little agressive is a life threatening assault when done to a cyclist. This was a measured and appropriate response to the bus driver's deadly attempt on the cyclist's life.

Anonymous said...

Without knowing in more detail what the bus driver did nobody can judge the cyclist's behaviour.

If he was cut. up in a dangerous and deliberate way, my reaction is that the driver got what was coming to him and well done the cyclist for having the balls to follow him and have it out and it's a shame he was done by the police.

If it was not so dangerous and the cyclist was a bit of a psycho on a hair trigger fuse, then it's right that he's done by the police.

Mark Allerton said...

Clearly the cyclist misread the memo, and decided to Americanize Copenhagen...

Melbourne Cyclist said...

Having nearly been run over a few times by idiots (some definitely deliberately), I can sort of empathise with the reaction - the adrenaline kick seems to turn some people violent.

That said, I can never condone violence and it certainly doesn't help the rest of us. I'd be happy for him to get on the bus and tell the driver what just happened from his point of view (e.g. you just nearly killed me!!!), and I'd be ok with shouting, but no hitting please.

Me? My fight or flight response very firmly tips into the flight + crying side of things whenever it's a real near miss!
(plus side? No-one glares at you for being on the pavement when they can see you're crying!)

Take back our city said...

makes me want to dump my CSC jersey... oh well the weather is $hit this weekend...

Snow. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Blowing snow giving poor visibility at times. Wind north 50 km/h gusting to 70. Low minus 11.

the warning...

Snow, strong winds and blowing snow continue over most areas of Southern Alberta. Total snowfall accumulations of 10 to 30 centimetres can be expected in many regions before Saturday morning. Strong north to northwest winds are also generating widespread blowing snow giving local blizzard conditions with near zero visibilities. Winds near 50 km/h and falling snow will result in sustained blizzard conditions this evening from the Claresholm region south to the Montana border.

Sue 'sans' helmet said...

this is too much of a coincidence!! yes i'm starting to think it's a further ploy to demonise cycling and that these 'agro cyclists' are being recruited by the oil industry to tour the world, commit these dastardly acts and villify the bicycle as a transport option - the public are easily convinced by this 'charade', and the press operate as 'agents provacateurs' - the politicians and oil lobbyists must be grinning and clenching their fists in triumph: 'yesss'!

Anonymous said...

sue I think you are "thinking too high" with your "theory"... he felt threatened (real or percieved) and acted out of emotion. He is facing criminal charges as he should be... if he'd have kept his cool and reported the bus to police he might have got a resolution or told to settle down... most of the time there is a simple explanation for rejects behaving this way....

St Kilda Cyclist said...

A fellow dressed up as one of his favourite pro cyclers from the TV is in a very precarious position, ego-wise. Riding a bike in full Discovery Channel or Silence-Lotto regalia is the equivalent of kicking a football around a park in full Chelsea or Essendon or Real Madrid kit, i.e. a pastime best suited to small boys.

A grown man dressed like this is either:

a) actually pretending in his own mind that he belongs to an elite professional cycling outfit, or

b) hoping to be mistaken for the type of gun athlete who could well belong to such an outfit.

Either way, he's on thin ice, dignity-wise. Getting cut off on a suburban street by a passenger bus is not commensurate with one's self-image, if that self-image involves imagining oneself to be the second coming of Marco Pantani.

95% of lycra-clad cyclists are kidding themselves that they are better than they really are, and a whacking great part of their sense of self is wrapped up in thinking that they are involved in elite sport. An event like a close encounter like a bus drags them back to the workaday suburban world and brings their self-delusion into sharp focus, so now wonder they can't cope.

Anonymous said...

St. Kilda,
You are are way off base. All kinds of people are into all kinds of things, and have all kinds of hobbies and interest. Should we all remain in the box to suit your vision of the world?

Your comment seems to stem from your own sense of limitation, in a sorta 'what makes that guy think he's so great,' kinda way. You go draw your sense of dignity from what ever the hell you want.

I ride, in full lycra, enjoy it, follow the rules, and don't suffer the 'reality,' complex you describe. Neither do my co-workers who are professionals, adults who work hard and play hard.

If a man wants to wear a lycra jersey, and full regalia and enjoy the day riding at whatever skill level, does that make it right for some jack-wad in a bus to dismiss him and nearly take his life?

I was riding today and some idiot in a pick up truck wandered into the bike lane a whacked me with thier fricken rear view mirror. Intentional or not, I couldn't help but visualizing my hands around thier throats, but they just drove off and sped away, the cowards they were.

If you were continuously nearly undercut by a car while crossing the street or getting to your own car, tell me you would not fantasize about confronting the drivers.

This guy's paying the price by getting arrested, but I'm sure on a gut level he feels pretty satisfied by having confronting the driver and for once acting on his impulse.