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Old 03-01-07, 02:27 PM   #1
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Did Just About Everything Wrong

I was stopping at a red light. I say stopping because I hadn't yet brought my vehicle to a complete halt. Across the intersection, on the sidewalk, coming in my direction was a gentleman on a bicycle. He is opposing traffic. He is on the sidewalk. He is helmetless. He runs the red light and hits a pickup truck making a right turn. He walks around dazed, holding his head. Front wheel taco'd.

The only thing he did right? He performed all of this in front of a cop car trying to make a left in the intersection.

Cop was doing a good deal of talking and gesturing. The cyclist was just nodding his head vigorously in the affirmative.

Since no one was hurt, it was a bit comical.
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I was stopping at a red light. I say stopping because I hadn't yet brought my vehicle to a complete halt. Across the intersection, on the sidewalk, coming in my direction was a gentleman on a bicycle. He is opposing traffic. He is on the sidewalk. He is helmetless. He runs the red light and hits a pickup truck making a right turn. He walks around dazed, holding his head. Front wheel taco'd.

The only thing he did right? He performed all of this in front of a cop car trying to make a left in the intersection.

Cop was doing a good deal of talking and gesturing. The cyclist was just nodding his head vigorously in the affirmative.

Since no one was hurt, it was a bit comical.
Incidents like this probably don't help the image of bicyclists in the mind of this cop.
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Old 03-01-07, 02:33 PM   #3
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I witnessed that exact scenario as it played out twice while riding last summer, and saw the aftermath of one other incident where it was apparent that the same had occurred. I won't provide any further details because I'll be called a racist.
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I'm glad to hear he wasn't hurt bad, but it's still sad to know that he doesn't know any better. He probably thinks he wasn't doing anything wrong. Did you help him or talk to him?
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I'm glad to hear he wasn't hurt bad, but it's still sad to know that he doesn't know any better. He probably thinks he wasn't doing anything wrong. Did you help him or talk to him?
No. I didn't. The officer seemed to have it pretty much in hand and I didn't want to block a lane.

And, HH, I doubt seriously whether the officer was thinking of this man on a bike as a "cyclist." More likely, he was thinking "some guy on a bike." Except for the presence of a bicycle, nothing about this story was cycling-specific in any positive sense.

For those who were there (perhaps 20 people) it was a very good object lesson, or set of lessons, about how not to operate a bicycle.
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[QUOTE=He probably thinks he wasn't doing anything wrong. Did you help him or talk to him?[/QUOTE]

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