Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Victory for Omaha Cyclists!

From Bike Omaha

Great news from Ben about his court appearance today!!

The man that physically assauled Ben after a car vs. bike road rage incident last spring was conviced today of FELONY assault and ordered to serve 90 days in jail. He is also required to complete anger management training.

The man's son (who was actually driving the car, following the orders his dad was giving him to force Ben off the road...and to pull over so that dad could get out and confront Ben) was ordered to get drivers ed training.

The man charged tried to get away with lying about Ben's reaction and tried to claim that he was provoked, but thankfully all of the witnesses were able to clearly refute that.

Here is the icing on the cake ... and bless Ben's heart, he totally gets that this is the biggest victory of all, even though he had to endure what he did ... the judge totally affirmed Ben's rights as a cyclist and actually referred to his preferred mode of transportation as a "two-wheeled vehicle." AWESOME!!

So - first and foremost: major kudos to Ben for keeping his cool in the first place in the face of felony behavior. Kudos to the witnesses that came forward and to OPD for understanding his rights as a cyclist that day; and kudos to the judge. A victory for all Omaha cyclists today!!