The next time you get buzzed or otherwise harassed by a motorist while you’re riding your bicycle in Cedar Rapids, here’s what you do:
- Get the license plate and a description of the vehicle’s occupants if you can.
- Contact Lt. Tom Jonker through the C.R. Bicycle Patrol page or call 319-286-5338.
He will follow up as appropriate and will be compiling incident reports to identify problem areas. He’s a cyclist and recently joined the Cedar Rapids Bicycle Advisory Committee.
UPDATE: Don’t be surprised if you get a ticket when you run a red light or pedal down the wrong side of the road or do something else stupid on your bicycle. CRPD will be watching that more closely now, too.
(Info courtesy of Mrs. Smith, a member of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, who passed this along after the BAC meeting this morning. She also saw someone painting lines for bike lanes on Boyson Road. Progress!)
If you’re not in Cedar Rapids, report dangerous motorists to your own law enforcement people. Don’t let it slide.