So, in my inaugural ride today with my brand new Trek 1600 I took to the street to break her in and see how great and different road cycling is compaired to mountain biking, where I have spent the better part of the last 2 years. Anyways, I was happily riding along down the road and a car came up and passed me, but slowed down shortly after passing me. Up ahead was a stop sign and a gas station on the right. Since she didn't use her BLINKER, i figured she was slowing down for the stop sign, and was planning on going straight after she proceeded. WRONG. This crazy lady took a right hand turn into the gas station and was literally within inches of my front wheel. No blinker, no warning, no concern for me in my BRIGHT PINK helmet and jersey. She could have killed me. I actually skimmed her car as I swerved from keeping to get hit.
Tell me....is this kind of driver ignorance the norm for road cyclists? I always look out for cyclists, and give them the right of way. Was I the one at fault for not stopping to let her in the parking lot of the gas station? In NC, cyclists have the same rights to lane usage as cars, so I can't really imagine her pulling the same stunt had I been in a car.....Sad realization is, whether or not drivers know the laws doesnt matter if the aren't following them anyways.
I dont know....I'm just kinda scared to get back out there. I know i *will*, but the fear of bone heads not even paying attention to people on bikes is a pretty rational one, I would imagine.