It’s a frightening, frustrating situation almost anybody who bikes around Capitol Hill has experienced — only, this time, safe streets advocate David Seater caught the whole thing on video.
But it won’t be enough to get the law involved.
Wednesday night, Seater posted a video from his ride up E Pine showing dual angles of a close call with a tailgating pick-up truck that appears to buzz the bike rider as he legally rode in the lane to pass another cyclist on the hill:
— David Seater (@dseater) October 12, 2017
Detective Patrick Michaud, spokesperson for Seattle Police, tells CHS that the incident appears to only be an infraction — not a crime — limiting the department’s use of video to enforce the laws because of city code that restricts the use of video or pictures to things like speeding, running red lights, or violating rules in school zones.
Back on Twitter, former Mayor Mike McGinn wasn’t OK with the explanation:
— Catleah (@catleah) October 12, 2017
So, what happens if you find yourself in a similar situation around the Hill with an aggressive driver putting your life at danger for their hurry, video or not?
“If you feel that a driver’s behavior is threatening to you, absolutely give us a call,” Michaud said.