Council Member Jim Schultz proposed a get-tough policy on people who harass bicyclists and pedestrians and people who use wheelchairs!

Council Member Jim Schultz proposed a get-tough policy on people who harass bicyclists and pedestrians and people who use wheelchairs!


I fall into the last category. I have been running up and down 23rd Street for the last 11 years. I have run into two distinct types of people: those who want to stop their cars 50 feet away from me, no matter who has the right of way, and those who like to see how close they can come to me. I have a hard time understanding either group.


The ones who want to stop as soon as they see me and give me “the right of way” only mess up traffic and cause more trouble than I do. If you see me on the road, please use caution and “don’t kill me” but realize I have done this a lot. I am very safe, I stay between the white line and the curb. When crossing an intersection I always keep a hunk of concrete island between me and moving traffic. I have ridden a motorcycle for more than 40 years. I am used to being in traffic, close to cars and trucks, and I don’t panic. Now that is to 95 percent of the people I encounter.


The other 5 percent or less are the ones Schultz is speaking of. They try to come as close to me as possible, they throw things at me, and wait until they get right on me and then scream and holler and try to scare me. If you want something from me, even if it’s just to tell me to get out of your way, just engage me and I’ll be glad to discuss it with you, any way you like.


So I just want to say thank you to the city manager and City Council. Thank you for all of us on bikes, in chairs or on foot. Again at least 95 percent of the folks are very helpful, to a fault. Most open doors and give up the right of way. Heck, one year during an early cold snap, I was sitting at 23rd Street and Missouri 291 rubbing my hands together. A man got out of his car and gave me a very nice pair of gloves. I still wear them. God bless you, sir, again!


But to you little people who feel you have to put someone down to make yourself feel good, now it can cost you and I will be the first to turn you in. I carry a camera, stay alert and am always ready.