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Hostile Act Toward Temecula Cyclist Called Felony

A motorist who allegedly swerved to threaten bicyclists on a Temecula road and reportedly cut a cyclist's hand with his mirror is facing a felony assault charge.

A Temecula man facing an assault charge for allegedly swerving too close to a group of bicyclists and clipping one on the hand was out on $25,000 bail Thursday, awaiting a November court date.

Carl Albert Robbins, 38, was ordered to appear in court Nov. 28 to answer a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, other than a firearm, according to sheriff's records.

Robbins allegedly swerved his sedan in a threatening manner near two groups of bicycle riders traveling west on Rainbow Canyon Road, according to Riverside County sheriff's Lt. Mike Maddux.

"It was an intentional act to swerve," Maddux told Patch, adding that he could not say whether the driver wanted to hurt the bicyclist.

"He used his car basically as intimidation," Maddux told Patch.

"He was upset," Maddux said of the driver. "He didn't think the bikes belonged on the roadway."

The incident occurred about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, the lieutenant said, adding that "the guy got a slight cut on his hand."

Following the injury, the suspect stopped but the cyclists had also taken his license plate number, so fleeing the scene would have done him no good, the lieutenant said.

According to Maddux, "there's no indication they (the riders) were doing anything wrong.

"They have a right to the road," the lieutenant said, adding that the cyclists were riding in single file on the right side of the road.

billdsd October 10, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I think you did miss my point. Socializing isn't typically the only reason. You're making a generalized argument based upon a relatively rare edge case. What is so difficult about moving over to pass a bicyclist safely? I find it incredibly easy in my current sports car and have previously found it incredibly easy in SUV's, full sized pickups and even moving vans weren't that tough. You guys put a lot of time and effort into avoiding the most trivial inconvenience in driving.
Dax Von Blitzkrieger October 10, 2012 at 09:50 PM
billdsd: I disagree with your repeated assertion that moving over to pass a bicycle or other vehicle is so very easy. Most of the time it's dangerous and stressful. You must be picturing a roadway where there is very little oncoming traffic, and where the road is not curvy or hilly. In that case, yes, it is easy – even to move completely into the other lane to pass as you insist. Also to be considered is the weather. It might be pouring rain, foggy or snowy, all of which make passing very difficult. I'm mostly on your side, billdsd. But it strikes me that you are very idealistic and have the notion that there's a chance that people out there will one day start obeying the letter of the law. They never will. So we must use common sense and make the best of what is a very imperfect situation. I always try to know and follow the law – when driving a car, when cycling or walking/running. I do so in no small part so that I can be justified if I must argue my point in the case of a conflict. But I also try to exercise courtesy, empathy and even adapt my behavior to the particular situation that besets me. I try to keep myself safe while being good to others and perhaps being a sort of ambassador for non-motorized road users.
billdsd October 10, 2012 at 10:08 PM
It is easy. I don't really understand how you can think that it isn't. Bicyclists typically aren't going all that fast. In the very rare case that it isn't, you wait. I've done it; not many times but I have done it. The world did not come to an end. I've had to slow down and wait for slow motorists thousands of times, many times not being able to pass for as much as a half hour on mountain roads. Bicyclists are much easier to pass than motorists. Are most roads winding mountain roads? Do we have a lot of bad weather here in southern California? Do you never have to slow down for other motor vehicles? The fact is that bicyclists inconvenience you far less often and for far smaller time losses than other motorists do. You can pretend that you having to go slow for a few minutes behind bicyclist is an unbearable hardship. It's not the truth. It's a dishonest rationalization for the delusion that you shouldn't have to suffer a trivial inconvenience.
Dax Von Blitzkrieger October 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
billdsd: I'm not sure if your m.o. is to be extra dramatic and militant in hopes that it will do extra good in changing readers' minds, but I'll assume that's the case. I'm thinking more globally than you in more ways than one. I am not writing you from CA. A road does not by any means have to be a mountain road to be curvy and or hilly. I'm not in disagreement with you that motorists must wait at a safe distance behind bicycles until a safe pass can be executed. It is indeed in inconvenience, and sadly, operating a motor vehicle engenders feelings of might and superiority, making an inconvenience extra unbearable. To be fair, I'll acknowledge that in cases where traffic is heavy and hectic, it is very easy for drivers to slip into a frustrated – even frenzied – mindset caused by getting stuck in traffic and the myriad frustrations that come along with trying to get somewhere in a car on busy roads. A side effect of this is the tendency to try to get ahead at any chance. The thought of having to slow to some 10 mph and wait behind a cyclist can seem unbearable. I'm not saying it's right. I'm just facing reality. I try never to drive because I despise what it does to people. Well, carry on and fight the good fight, fellow cyclist.
billdsd October 11, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I'm not the one being dramatic. I don't act like trivial inconveniences are monumental hardships. That's what the anti-cyclists do. I'm not militant either. I don't make violent threats against other people. That's what the anti-cyclists do. Giving in to bullies only encourages them.

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