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Road rage against bicyclists goes viral

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A Piedmont man is in hot water after posting videos showing road rage toward bicyclists. 

The man has since publicly apologized, but bike riders want to use this as a teachable moment. 

One cyclists, who was in two of the videos, says he had no idea of the malicious intent at the time.

When Darin Simms first saw these videos online, posted by Keith Maddox, he had one thought. 

"One of the videos was shot on my mother's birthday. If Mr. Maddox had followed through on his stated intention, somebody would have had to tell my mother that her son has been hit by a car," says Simms.

Simms has ridden bicycles around Anniston for 15 years. He knows when frustrated drivers are near.

"You can tell, based on how much space (drivers) give you. If there's not a car coming the other way, when they pass, if there's no ill intent, they'll give you a lane. But if they want to send a message, they'll be within a few feet, and you know they're trying to send you a message."

We attempted to reach Keith Maddox, the man in the car, but were unsuccessful.

However, Mr. Maddox has publicly apologized on his Facebook page, saying "I would never ever intentionally hurt anyone," and "please everyone share the road."

"The fact that he has made an apology, and the fact that he feels remorse for it, shows a little about his character," says Simms.

 Simms realizes, Maddox isn't the first driver to experience road rage because of bicyclists.

"Something changes in the psychology when somebody is behind the wheel. And there's a little extra anger. Cyclists are always a highly visible target. It sort of illustrates what you deal with when you do ride on the road, there's certain risks that you take, and that's one of them." 

Members of the Northeast Alabama Bicycle Association have spoken with Maddox, they say he has apologized to them as well. 

They hope Maddox can serve as an example for how drivers need to show patience behind the wheel.