Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
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a new excuse for a right hook
I'm riding through a nearby town, going up a false flat with a headwind so I'm not going too fast, and a car catches me and right hooks me. I realized it in time and just turned with the car onto the side road. Until we completed the turn I don't think I was anywhere further back than the passenger side door. I'm not proud to say I had a temper tantrum that started when I realized I wasn't going to be able to continue on my intended path. Since I was now going the same direction as the car, I chased it down and confronted the driver. She told me she thought I was supposed to yield. I'm still trying to figure out how that was supposed to work. I told my daughter if she ever does something stupid, almost runs over a cyclist, and they chase her, she shouldn't drive home until after she drops them.
On a more serious note, I'm resolved to tell the next person that right hooks me that they could slow down for a couple of seconds and avoid a potentially fatal accident. Seems like a reasonable use of time to me.