Honk if you hate bikes! Cranky driver caught on video bullying two cyclists by blowing his horn at them for FIVE MINUTES 

By Snejana Farberov

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A pair of bicyclists went out last weekend for a pleasant ride in Boulder County, Colorado, only to have their outing rudely interrupted by a grumpy driver who followed the two men in his truck while honking incessantly.

One of the annoyed cyclists, Dirk Friel, took his revenge on the motorist by posting a video of the incident on YouTube, which helped police track down the man and give him a traffic citation for bullying the two friends.

The driver, identified as 75-year-old James Ernst, of Erie, was cited on Thursday for harassment, impeding the flow of traffic and improper use of horn or warning device.

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Confrontation: Dirk Friel and a friend were riding along County Line Road north of Highway 52 near Longmont when a Ford Explorer pulled up behind them

Confrontation: Dirk Friel and a friend were riding along County Line Road north of Highway 52 near Longmont when a Ford Explorer pulled up behind them

Road rage: The driver behind the wheel of the Ford started honking even though the cyclists moved off to the side to let him pass

Road rage: The driver behind the wheel of the Ford started honking even though the cyclists moved off to the side to let him pass

Friel and his friend were out for a Sunday morning ride along County Line Road north of Highway 52 near Longmont when Ernest came up behind them in his Ford Explorer and started honking, according to the description accompanying the YouTube video, ABC reported.

 

The clip, which has attracted more than 260,000 views so far, shows that the duo were riding off to the right side of the two-lane road outside the white line and were not impeding traffic.

'What's even worse is we saw him approaching from behind and to be polite we ride single file to give him as much road as possible,' Friel wrote.

Bizarre behavior: Ernst laid on the horn for five minutes, eventually causing traffic to build up behind him

Bizarre behavior: Ernst laid on the horn for five minutes, eventually causing traffic to build up behind him

The cyclists slowed down to let the vehicle pass
Although the bikers were riding outside the white line and were not blocking the road, they were forced to slow down to let Ernst pass

Compromise: Although the bikers were riding outside the white line and were not blocking the road, they were forced to slow down to let Ernst pass

Ernst, however, evidently did not recognize the cyclists' efforts and spent the next five minutes furiously honking at them.

'This is getting old,' Friel could be heard telling his companion in the video. 'This is insane.'

Concerned that the encounter might get out of hand and turn violent, the two men ended up slowing down to a crawl so that Ernst could pass.

Motive: Ernst's son, David, suggested that his father may have been provoked by something to act in this aggressive manner

Motive: Ernst's son, David, suggested that his father may have been provoked by something to act in this aggressive manner

'This guy was so intent of bugging us that he backed up traffic behind him and cars had to pass him on a double yellow line,' Friel explained.

In 2009, Colorado state lawmakers passed the Bicycle Safety Act, which says in part that motor vehicles are required to give bicycles three feet of space when passing, and cars may cross the center yellow line to pass bikes.

Thanks to the cyclists' two-minute video, Colorado State Patrol was able to track Ernst via the license plate that can been seen in the footage.

The driver's son, David Ernst, told KMGH that he was not sure what compelled his father to harass the cyclists.

'Maybe there was something that precipitated it. I don't know, because he's a gentle old man.'

However, Friel insists that he and his friend did nothing to irritate the motorist.

‘It’s a very beautiful Sunday fall morning and we were out there to enjoy our day,’ he told CBS Denver. ‘He must have had a stressful one but he doesn’t have to take it out on others.’

Since the video went viral, one of the commenters on YouTube came out saying that he too had a similar encounter with Ernst a few weeks ago.     

Meanwhile, Friel said he plans to take advantage of all the YouTube traffic by raising money from ads. He plans to give the money to Bicycle Colorado, which raises awareness and lobbies for laws that protect cyclists.
 

 

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

"Bikers are liberals who exercise. - Truth giver, Chicago, 9/21/12, 9:45 PM Spot on! lol" - Lilly, Louisville _______ I'm a conservative cyclist who rides to work and pays for these roads via taxes and driver fees. I have as much right to the road as you and it is against state law for cyclists to use the sidewalk. Please stop typing, you only bring shame to conservatives.

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"...I have had more than one close call with cyclists who don't follow the rules of the road. Blowing through stop signs, riding outside cycle lanes, crossing in front of oncoming traffic. If cyclist's want my respect they need to hold their own accountable... They ride with the mentality that it's our job to watch out for them..." - VRWCmama, San Diego _____ As a cyclist I've had more than one close call with motorists who deliberately cut me off, roll thru stop signs, edge closer to me as they pass to force me onto the soft shoulder of the road, shout obscenities, and hurl bottles at me. All this while I ride on the edge of the road to give them as much room as possible. Also, it IS your job to watch for all others on the road. For the good of everyone surrender your keys immediately.

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I live in Seattle where there are bike lanes and paths pretty much EVERYWHERE, and many bikers still insist on riding on the white line. What else do they want?

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For all those motorists on here commenting about how you find cyclists "a problem", have you ever paused for a moment to think what cyclists think of you motorists? Drivers kill and seriously injure cyclists every day of the year. A person on a bike is very unlikely to injure anyone - except himself. And that's his responsibility. The road doesn't belong to motorists. It's for the use and enjoyment of everyone. Grow up motorists. You're making yourself look very stupid.

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Part of the driving licence should be cycling around town so you as a vehicle driver are aware of what it is like to be a cyclist. Plus it should be mandatory to give a yard /meter of space whilst overtaking. Car drivers don't seem to realise how vulnerable you are on a bike.

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I often carry a gun (with permit) when I ride my bike. I usually give a finger to drivers who cut me off, etc. One guy got angry and circled to come behind me. I waved my Sig and he drove off like he was late for lunch. I wouldn't have used it unless he became a threat. I also carry bear spray for dogs, though I'd use the gun on them if the spray didn't work. - Fatman, Houston, 21/9/2012 16:15 -------- I have had dogs run after me when I ride my bike. I just keep going and they stop chasing - there is no need to hurt them. If you keep waving your gun at angry motorists, you are going to encounter one who has a gun in his car. He can tell the police you pointed a gun at him (whether you did or not), so he shot you. You might want to consider not being so aggressive.

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Dirk Friel was all over the road with his friend just before they started the video recording. What a grade 2 move. They were on the road angering the old guy the started the video camera and quickly pulled over and said " what is this all about" like they did nothing at all. I saw his interview on Fox News and he kept closing his eyes and looking down to the left, a liar's tell. Where is the video of the SUV as it approached the cyclists? Conveniently not there? This video is total BS! I bet Dirk pinched his sister when he was a 7 year old and when his sister slapped him back he yelled "whaaaa what was that for ......MOMMY!!!!" Dirk Freil is a "cycling activist" and he set the situation up. What total BULL.

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Dirk Friel and his fried were originally all over the road and only aided by the rule AFTER they angered the driver and just BEFORE they turned on the video camera. They act like the old guy just got mad at nothing. Bull! Friel is an activist and he set up the old guy. NO? show me the video before the SUV started honking its horn. Grade 2 stuff. I bet he pinched his little sister and when she slapped him back he went crying to mommy.

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P.S. I'm not a cycing road warrior. I'm a more tentative female who rides cautiously and carefully on as many lesser traveled roads as possible. In my neck of the woods, though, there are only narrow two-lane roads with no shoulder that end in ditches, and I can't tell you how many drivers will not move over at all, even without oncoming traffic to keep them in place. I do everything I can to be conscientious as both a driver and as a bicycle rider. I just think if more people tried to keep those philosophies in mind (on both sides of the argument), the roads would be far safer. And calmer.

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Ricky74, Raleigh, You are in the minority. Quit while you are behind. And while you are at it, stay behind the solid white line on the bike path along the road.

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