I almost hit a cyclist
I am ashamed.
Just now as I was driving home, I almost hit a cyclist. I thought it would be good to talk about it and put my thoughts down, even though Iím pretty sure I am going to be criticized. These were the circumstances.
I was driving down a street in my car. This street us very straight although consists of an entire dip. So, itís about 100m going down and then 100m going up towards an intersection on a bit of a crest. It was in the afternoon just as the sun is setting and everyone has their sunshields down.
Now, coming towards the crest and I was turning left at the intersection (in Australia, so driving on the left side of the road) on the crest. Here there is a dedicated left hand turning lane, which I was going to use. Now, because of the nature of the hill, intersection and time of day, the sun suddenly came into my eyes just as I was changing lanes and just as I spied a cyclist, who was also in the turning lane. I did a little bit of a swerve to make sure I didnít hit him. Although, chances are, I admit, if I was fully in the lane, I may have hit him. After that I made the left turn and kept an eye out in my rear vision to see if he came around the corner. I didnít see him so he may have stopped, or not turned, or I was just going to fast to see him before I lost sight of the intersection. I also admit now that it would have been good if I had stopped, just to make sure he was ok and not too shocked.
But, because of the nature of the road, for the full straight length of it you get very good visibility for at least 200m before you reach the crest and the intersection, I would debate that I definitely would have seen him if he was already on the road and didnít enter the road from somewhere else. Then again, I admit, that I could have been paying more attention,.
But it also lead me on to think that driving and cycling at this time of day, where motorists are blinded and things are so bright so that reflectors, lights and bright clothing donít do anything, is there anything you can do to make things safer? (Insert comment about not cycling around me when I am driving). I have now changed my mind so that driving and cycling at this time of day is more dangerous than driving at night.
Thankyou for your understanding.