Pedestrians air their beef with bully bikers
My story on riding a bike in Madison has generated a lot of discussion. What caught my eye the most, besides the writer who complained about my "wrinkly middle-aged butt," was the number of pedestrians who have been abused by bicyclists.
"I have been yelled at, called a "f------ bitch" and told to "f--- off," says Betsy Hambrick, who frequently walks the Southwest bike path, in a letter to the editor in response to the story. "I have had my sleeve torn by a biker who passed me so close and at such a high speed that, had I been an inch closer, I would have ended up in a hospital with a badly injured arm."
Ted Voth Jr., who frequently rides his bike on the roads, e-mailed to complain about bicyclists who use the sidewalks, "especially those who ride me down at full tilt from behind."
"Automobile vehicles are a threat and a danger to bikers, but bikers (on the sidewalk) are a danger and a threat to us pedestrians," he says.