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Old 11-01-12, 07:56 AM   #1
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Almost hit/got hit by a cyclist last night.

Last night I was heading out to drop my daughter off at a friends for trick or treating and almost had a nasty accident with a cyclist.

It was well after dusk, I pulled up to a stop sign at an unlit intersection, I looked left and saw nothing, looked right and it was clear, looked left again to make sure it was clear again and just as I start to swivel my head to the left a cyclist flies past the front of my car.

This guy was riding a black bike, wearing black gear and had NO LIGHTS.

Seriously, if you know you'll be out near dusk or after dark please use a tiny bit of common sense and wear hi-vis colors and/or get lights.

If the guy had had a strobe I'd have seen him a mile off, as it was he was basically invisible.

He didn't even have the common sense to know I couldn't see him, he's very, very lucky I didn't pull out. If I'd been at that intersection just a couple seconds sooner he would have been in a world of hurt.
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Old 11-01-12, 08:00 AM   #2
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Probably was a ghost rider.
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I can one-up you on this-----a guy dressed all in black with no lights going the wrong way on a one-way street while talking on his cell phone. This was last night, Hallowe'en, and there were hundreds of kids out, running and darting across the street. If that idiot had hurt a kid because of his carelessness I would have done everything in my power to see him in jail.
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Old 11-01-12, 08:03 AM   #4
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Indeed, I nearly collected a cyclist at dusk a few weeks ago, he blew through a stop sign right in front of me, I had to brake hard to not hit him. Dark cloths, no lights, running a stop....the kind of thing that gives cyclists a bad name. I ALWAYS try to have both front and back lights in dusk situations, as well as a safety yellow vest with reflective stripes ($5 at IKEA)
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Lights do wonders when you are trying to be seen, this cyclist obviously wasn't trying to be seen.

My bike club did a bike light giveaway this year and gave out lights to a bunch of poorer cyclists out there. It did help as I have witnessed several of the riders using their lights who wouldn't otherwise own them.
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Old 11-01-12, 08:32 AM   #6
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Maybe he was trick-or-treating as a ninja?
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Old 11-01-12, 08:44 AM   #7
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something similar happened to me about a month ago. Pulled out of the parking lot at work and there was a cyclist right on my rear bumper. I'd like to think that I would have seen him if he had been a little closer, but no lights, no reflectors in the middle of the night when you don't expect to see a cyclist anyway is a real problem for most of us. That same week I almost got hit by a ninja cyclist while commuting home on my bike. He was all pissed off that the van at the opposite stop sign from me almost pulled out in front of him, but I don't see that there is really anything for other vehicle operators to do about an unlit cyclist at night. I don't remember why I stopped at the stop sign for so long -- otherwise he would have hit me.
I'm seeing a lot of ninja cyclists, maybe the cops should hand out "fixit" tickets or something.
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Old 11-01-12, 08:51 AM   #8
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Fashion is at least partially to blame. Black is the new black. Most workout clothes are black. I was at Target just yesterday, getting some cool-weather workout gear for myself (love that Champion C9 stuff), and I was noticing that most of it is BLACK. (To Champion's credit, they do have some dayglo yellow and orange shirts.)

Combined with the fact that common sense is now politically incorrect, we have boneheads dressed in all black, running around in the dark, and it's no longer acceptable for anyone to advice them otherwise!
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Old 11-01-12, 08:53 AM   #9
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I've had ninjas fly out of parking lots and nearly clip me when I was riding along on the street.
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Start throwing shurikens at them!
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Fashion is at least partially to blame. Black is the new black. Most workout clothes are black. I was at Target just yesterday, getting some cool-weather workout gear for myself (love that Champion C9 stuff), and I was noticing that most of it is BLACK. (To Champion's credit, they do have some dayglo yellow and orange shirts.)
Huh. Neon's all the rage around here. I was hoping to find some black C9 shirts in Youth XL but none were to be had. Only Navy, Silver and white. They had some black compression shirts but those cost more.
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Old 11-01-12, 09:24 AM   #12
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The cyclists on my side of town, one of the "poorer" sides of town, are usually lit at night.
I am not sure it isn't because the police will ticket them without lights, or they have the common sense to light up. I like to think it is the latter.
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People do that all the time here in the valley, it's totally annoying.
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Start throwing shurikens at them!
Caltrops!

you know, the little spiky things that go on the ground.

Seriously though, I think you're probably preaching to the choir here, and I don't think he's likely to be a regular BF reader.
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Old 11-01-12, 10:10 AM   #15
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Down in the "trendier" parts of the city (Chicago) they're like swarms of flies- all black, no lights and ignoring traffic signage. Bicycling must be really safe if there are so many idiots and so few accidents.
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I've heard about a number of people that were nailed simply because they were riding after dark w/o lights. Cops pull them over because of the lack of lights and find that they have outstanding warrants. Problem is there's never a cop around when you want one (and too many when you don't).
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This is the "national passtime" in Santa Cruz, Ca. More ninjas per block than you can count. Usually salmon ninjas, often on the sidewalk. Gotta love it!
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Last night I was heading out to drop my daughter off at a friends for trick or treating and almost had a nasty accident with a cyclist.

It was well after dusk, I pulled up to a stop sign at an unlit intersection, I looked left and saw nothing, looked right and it was clear, looked left again to make sure it was clear again and just as I start to swivel my head to the left a cyclist flies past the front of my car.

This guy was riding a black bike, wearing black gear and had NO LIGHTS.

Seriously, if you know you'll be out near dusk or after dark please use a tiny bit of common sense and wear hi-vis colors and/or get lights.

If the guy had had a strobe I'd have seen him a mile off, as it was he was basically invisible.

He didn't even have the common sense to know I couldn't see him, he's very, very lucky I didn't pull out. If I'd been at that intersection just a couple seconds sooner he would have been in a world of hurt.
That is why, I got the NiteRider 600. Because I found myself getting back after dusk on several occasions. I already had my reflective biking jacket. But I had needed a much better headlight. Than what I had been using.
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Lights do wonders when you are trying to be seen, this cyclist obviously wasn't trying to be seen.

My bike club did a bike light giveaway this year and gave out lights to a bunch of poorer cyclists out there. It did help as I have witnessed several of the riders using their lights who wouldn't otherwise own them.
My bike club did the same thing last week. Sadly, They were only 'starter' lights, that are no good, after dusk. While there were a number of cyclists' that stopped to take advantage of the free light give-away. There were a number of cyclists' who did not stop, but didn't have lights any better than, what they already had on their bike.
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. . . . Sadly, They were only 'starter' lights, that are no good, after dusk . . . .
Once it's dark even a feeble light is much better than nothing.
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Start throwing shurikens at them!
Old chain rings....are the appropriate anti-bike ninja specific shuriken

ton of these guys here...mostly teens/early twenties....mostly fixie
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Once it's dark even a feeble light is much better than nothing.

If it's low powered enough and not really being able to see by it, having it set on strobe would be the better option.
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