Tracking Down the Road-Rage Woodside Pickup

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My worst bicycle accident (I’ve had a few) came in 1979, riding down Woodside Road (Highway 84) from Skyline Boulevard. A pickup driving up the winding, swervy road cut me off on one of the hairpins. I managed to avert a head-on by rolling myself over his left fender and hood. He took off but the next driver up stopped to help and said the guy had actually passed him on the uphill, going too fast and driving “like a maniac.”

Model similar to suspect pickup.
I was lucky to be alive, miraculously escaping with broken ribs and stitches on my forehead. I wrote an article about the accident for the Palo Alto Weekly, including a description of the pickup, but surprise of surprises: Nothing ever came of it.

All of this is by way of saying, we’re living in a new era. And now when you have a maniac in a pickup, there are ways to follow up. Case in point is this thread on the Road Bike Review forum, where a bad actor in a white pickup may finally get his due.


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1 thought on “Tracking Down the Road-Rage Woodside Pickup”

  1. I hate to say it but this is part of the reason why I prefer riding my bikes off of the roads. There are crazy nutters on the roads here. I’ve run into some loons when I’ve been out on my motorcycle (guys in pickups wanting to race a sportbike on twisty mountain roads). Whenever I ride on the road, I feel like I’ve got a target on my back and yeah, that does kind of suck.

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