SOUTH CITY (KMOV.com) - A South City man is recovering Thursday after he believes a driver may have intentionally swerved to hit his bike and knocking him down before speeding off.
The man asked News 4 to not identify him because he's worried the driver may retaliate.
He was riding his bike at the intersection of Kingshighway near Tholozan near Tower Grove Park when he says the car hit him.
"It happened so fast I wasn’t even able to break," the bicyclist said. “Threw me up on the curb and up against the building and then I fell sideways.”
He says as a cyclist, he's on the receiving end of road rage every day.
“They yell at you, they throw things at you. They swerve at you," he said.
According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration, 783 cyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2017.
The cyclist believes drivers need to be more careful or he or another rider could be next.
“They need to have a little bit more value for life. They don’t realize they are in a 2000 plus pound vehicle and it wouldn’t take much to kill somebody on a bike," he said.
Not all cyclists agree road rage is a problem.
“In my experience, if you are considerate as a cyclist and make sure you’re in the right place, you know, cars are not a problem," said Zach Siebert.
Siebert says he rides his bike as many as 15 hours a week.
“There’s been a few times where people get upset, but honestly in all the situations, I just feel like people are only upset because are scared something bad was going to happen, in other words maybe they’re worried about my safety," said Siebert.
Siebert tells News 4 he avoids busy roads such as Kingshighway that don't have a bike line, instead taking back roads or cutting through parks.
“With experience, you can always place yourself in a safe spot," said Siebert.
The general rule is that drivers need to leave at least three feet between their car and bicyclists when passing. Cyclists must also obey all traffic signals.
The South City man is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the driver who hit him.