I have to admit that I have never in my driving career found myself in the situation where an angry cyclist jumped on the hood of my car with the intention of causing me harm. I would like to think that if I ever found myself in such an improbable situation, that I would have the right to get away. I always yield to pedestrians and am as courteous as I possibly can be, but if a driver is in a car with his wife on their anniversary and an enraged cyclist jumps on his hood, I don't suspect that courtesy is the natural reaction.
Michael Bryant's life is already devastated by this whole incident, even after the charges have been dropped. I listened to Charles Adler outline this incident last night on his radio show (6pm pacific on CKNW Newstalk 980), and the entire ordeal was entirely surreal. I'm sure if the police had all the details at the beginning, he would never have been charged. But now that they know the full story, the charges have been dropped. I suppose that it needs to be put to a poll question, considering this precedence. If a crazed cyclist or pedestrian jumps on the hood of your car, displaying intent to cause you physical harm, should you have the right to drive away? Or must you exit the vehicle and run away?