Van Man vs. Critical MassS

A number of us around here are cycling enthusiasts and a majority of the regular Jalops have spent time living in the Bay Area, where cyclists — especially in Berkeley and San Francsico — have decided that yes, they do in fact hold the lease on the area's byways. So much so, in fact that there's a very real tendency for them get extremely aggressive when one nearly plows a two-wheeled denizen, despite the fact that the cyclist in question was making an illegal maneuver. So the story of 70-year-old Harlan Head, who ended up in a serious altercation with Berkeley Critical Mass riders yesterday simply doesn't surprise us. Head's claiming he was assaulted. The riders claimed Head yelled, "I'm sick of you people," and drove into them. Both parties deny the allegations. Based on our experience with Bay Area bikes-not-bombs enthusiasts, we wouldn't be surprised if both accusations are true.

Accounts clash on Friday's row with bikes, van [SFGate]

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