A video is re-doing the rounds of a road rage incident and the Internet is divided as to who’s at fault: some people are calling the driver a lunatic while others have pointed out what an assh*le the cyclist was being and reckon he deserved everything that he got. We’ll let you reasonable folk be the judge. Buddies Tyler Noe and Greg Goodman were out riding their bicycles through the Natchez Trace in Tennessee when all of a sudden, a car intentionally rammed Tyler from behind, knocking him to the ground before speeding off. Although he managed to get back to his feet, Noe needed to go to the hospital for treatment. The driver in question has also apparently targeted cyclists in the past, as noted by Goodman in a Facebook post. “Three hours ago this person intentionally hit my friend Tyler Noe on Natchez Trace. We had a witness behind us who said he has seen this same Volvo try to hit someone else last week. Tyler is at the hospital and doing ok. He is one tough dude! ” Goodman wrote.
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The Natchez Trace, also known as the “Old Natchez Trace”, is a historic forest trail that runs for about 700km from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee and links the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. Cyclists are permitted to use the entire lane in that area and the speed limit is 25mph (40kph) so while what Noe was doing was dickish, to say the least, he wasn’t actually breaking any laws. So after careful consideration, I reckon that the cyclist was being an assh*le and could have easily moved over (even though he wasn’t required to) and the driver is a fu*king lunatic. Not sure the cyclist deserved to be run over though: that collision looked heavy!
Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, exercise or sport. People engaged in cycling are referred to as “cyclists”, “bikers”, or less commonly, as “bicyclists”. Apart from two-wheeled bicycles, “cycling” also includes the riding of unicycles, tricycles, quadracycles, recumbent and similar human-powered vehicles (HPVs). Bicycles were introduced in the 19th century and now number approximately one billion worldwide. They are the principal means of transportation in many parts of the world. Cycling is widely regarded as a very effective and efficient mode of transportation optimal for short to moderate distances. Bicycles provide numerous benefits in comparison with motor vehicles, including the sustained physical exercise involved in cycling, easier parking, increased maneuverability, and access to roads, bike paths and rural trails. Cycling also offers a reduced consumption of fossil fuels, less air or noise pollution, and much reduced traffic congestion. These lead to less financial cost to the user as well as to society at large (negligible damage to roads, less road area required).