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Videos show bus love, bike hate

Triangle Transit, in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, has a clever set of videos to publicize their bus service and its advantages:

The series of videos emulate the campy style of the classic soap operate, but to tell you that it's easy to pay the bus fare, they have real-time arrival information on smartphones (above), or that Triangle Transit buses can use the shoulder to bypass traffic on highways.

On a less smile-inducing video note, one Alabama man has gone around videotaping his drives, in which he shouts epithets at cyclists along the road (who are doing nothing wrong).

As Michael Keith Maddox passes a cyclist, he says he "ought to run him in a ditch," and he's "going to hurt one of them one of these days." In one of the clips in this mash-up he shouts, "Ride your bicycle, you piece of crap," and in another, he revs his engine as he passes while cackling, "That scare you, boys?"

Based on the videos, the county sheriff arrested Maddox, who also apologized on Facebook. But every day some people come across a bicyclist on the road who is doing nothing except trying to get from one place to another, yet have a similar, if more subtle, reaction.

David Alpert is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greater Greater Washington and Greater Greater Education. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He loves the area which is, in many ways, greater than those others, and wants to see it become even greater. 

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Wow, he was delayed by what, 30 seconds or so?

by Michael Perkins on May 27, 2014 3:12 pm • linkreport

This Michael Keith Maddox guy is a sociopath.

by MLD on May 27, 2014 4:29 pm • linkreport

I love how he keeps raving about being delayed from work when it takes him no time to pass the cyclists. Mr.maddox I'm sure your job at NASA as a rocket scientist can survive without you for a minute, so chill the hell out.

by I.rex on May 27, 2014 9:57 pm • linkreport

My parents drug me to Alabama from New Jersey when I was 13. We moved to Huntsville, which is fairly civilized for Alabama. I still hated it. Rednecks like Maddox dominate the state's culture and politics. My friends and I used to skateboard in parking lots and have rednecks like Maddox drive by and yell "faggots" and throw beer cans at us. Redneck cops would harass us. I even got arrested once. Luckily my dad knew the county's District Attorney so it got dropped. So glad I got out of there. I go back and visit my mom and friends, but I'm definitely watching out for the crazies and try to stay out of trouble.

by brookland_rez on May 28, 2014 12:47 pm • linkreport

Read some of the comments defending this guy on AL.com. The commentary is telling of the mindset that prevails in Alabama and in a lot of the south:

http://www.al.com/news/anniston-gadsden/index.ssf/2014/05/piedmont_man_arrested_for_reck.html

by brookland_rez on May 28, 2014 2:38 pm • linkreport

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