Bus driver defends actions in confrontation with bicyclist

Posted on April 20, 2015

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A South Portland School Department bus driver who was summonsed by the Portland Police Department after a confrontation with a bicyclist last week defended his actions, WMTW reports.

Portland police issued the summons to bus driver Leon Spear for failing to give bicyclist Ryan Stover the three feet of space required by Maine law, according to the news outlet.

Stover recorded the incident with a camera mounted on his bicycle and his helmet. He told WMTW that the bus’ mirror came close to his head. When Spear stopped the bus at a crosswalk, Stover said he rode up to him to confront him. In the recording, the two argued over the bus passing Stover and Spear is seen closing the door and briefly trapping Stover’s hand.

Spear told WMTW media partner WGAN that Stover got aggressive and that he didn’t know whether he was going to try to board the bus, so he closed the door and drove away, not knowing that Stover’s hand was in the door. The district is investigating the incident.

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Related Topics: legal issues, Maine

Comments ( 2 )
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     | about 4 years ago

    When you look at 3 feet to ride in that will put your head close to the mirror. If you are in the middle of the 3 feet you have 1.5 feet on each side, your helmet is 8" across you will have a mirror go by at 10". Even if the 3 feet is off your center the mirror will pass you at what will look and feel close. I like to bicycle myself but I see a bunch of bikes riding recklessly, not getting over or going up the right of a car with its right signal on.I see bikes in the lane of traffic when there is a 10' paved shoulder on the way home daily. Yes bikes save the planet but they do not have to claim ownership of the entire road. As to closing the door on his hand, he should not enter the bus at all, even with a hand.

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