SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — An ugly altercation that happened last week between a cyclist and a driver in San Jose when the driver’s car was partly blocking the bike lane was caught on camera.

The driver used foul language including a homophobic slur during the confrontation that the cyclist caught on video.

The bicycle rider, identified in reports as Ryan Thompsen, posted the clip of the run-in that happened last Thursday evening on South 2nd Street near San Salvador on YouTube.

“That’s the bike lane,” Thompsen is heard to say to the driver in the clip.

“Hey, no s–t,” responded the driver of a grey Nissan stopped blocking the bike lane.

“Get out of the bike lane,” Thompsen said.

“Go that way,” said the driver, motioning around the back of his car.

Get out of the bike lane,” Thompsen repeated.

“F–k you, go that way,” the driver said. “You’re an Aryan. You’ll get over it. By the way you’re an a—hole.”

“Says who?” asked Thompsen. “It’s not just me, it’s everyone else who is going to try and use this.”

“F–k everybody else, and f–k you too. You’re a f-g. You’re a f-g, too,” the driver said.

“What does that have to do with it?” Thompsen asked the driver.

“All Aryans are f-gs, motherf—er. Am I wrong?” the driver asked in response.

When the cyclist said he was recording the encounter, the man drove off.

The driver has since confirmed to reporters he is Cornelius Lopes. He is a former city council candidate in Newark who is considering a run for mayor next year.

Lopes told the San Jose Mercury News he was exercising his right to free speech and “violated no laws.”

Comments (5)
  1. Ryan Colorado says:

    The bike rider could have easily gone around the auto. What an idiot.

  2. So, Ryan – that condones the behavior and horrific words? You missed the ground – he was physically in the bike lane. Watch the video again – the driver ‘parked’ in the bike lane which was curving to the left back into the street. Yes, the bicyclist could have gone around. Yes Cornelius could have simply moved his car into a a VALID parking slot.

    The point is – this person (Cornelius Lopes) should never hold a public office given the nature of his comments and venom. The bicyclist appeared to be very civil. Glad he posted this on YouTube.

    1. Hi, I did what any reasonable person would do I said “NO”!

  3. Jim Arnold says:

    This is news? Some hot head called some idiot cyclist a bad name, and aside from “triggering” a handful of snowflakes nothing happened. Nobody got hurt. No laws were broken. Unbelievable.

    1. Did you see this line?

      “The driver has since confirmed to reporters he is Cornelius Lopes. He is a former city council candidate in Newark who is considering a run for mayor next year.”

      Seems logical why it’s considered ‘news’ of someone who could potentially have political power.