Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Charlotte, NC
Bikes: Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix
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Originally Posted by Mars
The great majority of auto drivers are, of course, decent good people.
On a typical 20 mile ride, I probably encounter between 300 and 1000 cars. Over 2 years I have had to stop short once when a vehicle started to pull out making a right turn on red. The driver, a teenager, stopped, rolled down the window and apologized profusely.
As in most walks (rides) of life, there are those who make mistakes or behave erratically. When I encounter one, hopefully I will not suffer. Hopefully also, I will not conclude that drivers in general are worthy of some obscene epithet I see so often used in threads in this forum. Hopefully, I will reflect on the thousands and thousands of safe encounters I have had with vehicles.
If, God forbid, I should ever be involved in an accident with a bicycle, either as a driver or a rider, I hope I am not at fault. I also pray that the error results in no sufering on either side. Being both a defensive driver and rider I pray I'm able to avoid a colision. Should one occur however, I hope I am either able to forgive or be forgiven.
Should ever I be the victim of an intentional criminal act, I pray I survive to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Even then though, I hope I am able to focus my ire on the perpetrator and not generalize to all drivers or riders.
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