When the police report arrived, Cunningham was surprised and angered to read what he claims is a false account of the incident intended to shift the blame away from the officers and onto him. The report alleges that the driver of the NYPD vehicle "was making a legal right turn with emergency lights when cyclist struck right side of vehicle." In the security video, no emergency lights are visible when Cunningham was struck.
Another day, another cop driving into the people they're supposed to be protecting and lying about it. If the NYPD were a restaurant the waiters would ladle scalding hot soup in your crotch and then charge you a corking fee for the privilege.
It's almost as ironic as when we were named "The Top U.S. Cycling City" by a certain magazine.
But lest you begin your weekend in a huff, here's a soothing balm that will melt your anger away, via longtime reader Thomas in Sweden:
That pedal-powered roller skate car fills me with glee.
If we could replace the entire NYPD vehicle fleet with these we might finally get close to something resembling Vision Zero.
And now, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right you'll be accepted into an Ivy League university and become a member of the 1%, and if you're wrong you'll join the permanent underclass and also see something that will make you wince.
Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and happy rollerskating.
--Wildcat Rock Machine
1) According to a recent article about Canadian triathlete Julie Miller, what is "triathlon's worst possible transgression"?
--Cheating by doping
--Cheating by cutting the course
--Diarrhea during the swim leg
2) What did "Bicycling" have to say about the new Speedvagen OG1?
--"It’s as if the world’s best-tasting ice-cream cone were made from steel."
--"It is a ferrous artisan, expertly carving corners like Henry Moore laying into a hunk of obsidian."
--"The bike transmits the power from your pedal stroke with an almost steampunk efficiency and grace, like you're sending an exquisite letter through one of those pneumatic tube systems."
--"The ride is soothing yet invigorating, as if you just sat in a sitz bath filled with warm club soda."
3) What is mullet-lifting speed?
--The speed at which a flaxen Euro-mullet levitates to reveal the nape of the neck
--Part of the melange of sensations that comprises "Undistracted Pleasure"
--All of the above
4) In an open letter regarding his goring at Paris-Roubaix, Fran Ventoso said of disc brakes:
--"They can cut, they can become giant knives"
--"They make us a peloton of Shylocks, for if you slice us with rotors do we not bleed?"
--"The first cut is the deepest, baby, I know/The first cut is the deepest/But when it comes to being lucky, he's cursed/When it comes to lovin' me, he's worse"
--"While we do wear helmets, our jerseys and shorts offer little protection, and it's only a matter of time before someone loses his penis."
5) What is this?
--A removable fairing
--A new bike locking system
--An indestructable racing bike made of foam
--A blankie to prevent boo-boos
7) Which is not a reason USA Cycling president Derek Bouchard-Hall gives for the declining popularity of amateur road racing?
--Competition from Strava
--Competition from gravel grinding
--Competition from Zwift
--Cat 5s demanding cash prizes instead of medals
***Special Recumbent-Themed Bonus Video!***
Honestly, who hasn't bolted at the sight of an oncoming recumbent?