Mike Hendricks is not only Johnson County's biggest d-bag, he's also a cyclist. Coincidence?
However, his latest column provides some nice detail in the case of the road rage incident OR a case where Kansas City Cycling Advocates have finally jumped the shark and are no different (and far less principled) than Al Sharpton in the Tawana Brawley case.
Check out the conflicting stories and then realize that not only are Hummer drivers a-holes but the term also applies to anyone wearing biker shorts:
According to Local Cycling activist Matt Maher, he and a fellow cyclist were riding north around 7:30 that night when a Hummer H2 sped around them and turned into a driveway directly in front of them.First of all, I'd like to note that if Bondon is not convicted, THEN HE DESERVES A MEDAL!!!
“I spoke up and said, ‘Couldn’t you have given us 10 more seconds?’ ” is how Maher remembers it.
“More like two seconds,” his cycling partner said.
They kept going, muttering about being cut off, and then heard squealing tires and saw the Hummer barreling across the grass and back onto the street, Maher said.
Next thing they knew, the H2 was behind them, bumping their tires, he claims. Then the driver, later identified as Jackson County Sports Authority Chairman John R. Bondon, pulled alongside them and allegedly forced them off the road.
The vehicle stopped. And as Bondon approached the cyclists, he was swinging a leather sap, Maher said.
Words were exchanged. Maher, 27, said he started to dial 911 on his cell phone, but Bondon, 61, knocked it from his hand and slapped Maher’s face.
Bondon told Kansas City police a different story. He said he mistook the cell phone for a weapon and knocked it from Maher’s hand.
He claimed not to own a sap and said he didn’t strike Maher in the face. The only reason he tore out after the cyclists, he said, was because he thought they’d thrown a water bottle at his truck.
Maher denies throwing anything.
With luck, the judge will sort it all out. A passerby who witnessed some of the incident is being subpoenaed to testify, police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart said.
Secondly, it's important to consider that this is basically a fight between two privileged parties. Example: This incident occurred out in Longview Lake BUT NOTICE THAT THE POLITICAL RALLY TO GARNER SUPPORT FROM CYCLING ADVOCATES WAS IN BROOKSIDE!!!
Even worse, this is yet another example that cyclists only care when affluent white people get hurt . . . Consistently, po'folk of every race color and creed are hit by cars in Kansas City, Independence and all over the metro . . . BUT BIKE PED ADVOCATES ONLY MOVE INTO ACTION WHEN AFFLUENT WHITE PEOPLE FACE DANGER!!!
Why? Because their group lacks any kind of economic or racial diversity and they mainly serve to advocate for taxpayer funds directed toward their hobby.
This isn't a group that wants to make Kansas City a safer or better place for pedestrians and cyclists . . . It's a political action committee for the interests of a small cadre of well connected hobbyists who have blood on their hands for all of the misinformation they spread about the rights of cyclists on Kansas City streets which ultimately causes a deluded sense of confidence against far bigger cars on the road in anyone ignorant enough to believe their propaganda.
It's time for Kansas City to limit bikers to trails and bike lanes not only for their own safety but also to ensure that a small group of liberal, elite cyclists don't slow this town's progress and commerce that should have priority on our streets!!!