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Old 05-24-14, 07:35 PM   #1
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Motorcyclist hits cyclist, then uploads video

"The cyclist, who was wearing a bright day-glow jacket and silver helmet a the time of the incident, looks confused as the motorcyclist stops to first push his stricken bicycle out of the way and then confront the man on the ground.
Online commenters have been quick to condemn the action of the biker, who attempts to lay blame on the cyclist for using his mobile phone while riding. But the motorcyclist clearly attempted to undertake a fellow road user and strayed into the cycle lane."

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Silly motorcyclist runs into cyclist and puts the evidence on YouTube. - YouTube
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So, we have another good example of the possible consequences of lane splitting by a motorcyclist. It's amazing what folks will post for the world to see.
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And the cop lectures the cyclist for being on the phone, which is fine but does nothing to pursue the motorcyclist hitting the cyclist from behind.

Cops need to go back and ticket the motorcyclist. He is so stupid that he still thinks he did nothing wrong, but maybe a ticket could help him learn.
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The video was posted 2 days ago and already got 102,227 views. (Great hi-viz jacket btw--but don't assume that will make you safe)
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The video was posted 2 days ago and already got 102,227 views. (Great hi-viz jacket btw--but don't assume that will make you safe)
I have a jacket similar to that. But I also use my hi-viz taillight.
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I have a jacket similar to that. But I also use my hi-viz taillight.
So do you believe that if the cyclist had a hi-viz taillight, the hit from behind would not have occurred?
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I'm glad to see that this person was foolish enough to post his video of the incident, goes to show an in depth view that many motorized road users have of cyclists, and the level of denial when there is a collision with a cyclist, caused by the motorist. In instances were a cyclist has been severely incapacitated or killed, one can just imagine the same type of mindset by the "single witness" motorist.
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The motorcyclist is an amazing jerk. I love the way he tries to rationalize hooking the cyclist. Still the cyclist is not the brightest tool in the shed either; using a cell phone while riding in traffic is just plain dumb.
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Just goes to show what i have been preaching around here for years. Cycling in most city environments is a lot like going to war. If you don't pay strict attention to 360* of your surroundings some "roadside bomb" is going to blow your @$$ up. As a cyclist I don't care that the MCist is a jerk, all I care about is getting to work and back home without a motor vehicle in my back pocket.

Stow the phone, lose the ear buds, use a rear-view mirror, and keep your eyes peeled - or end up wishing you had done so. We chose to swim with sharks and cry when we doze off and get bitten. I would have seen that MC coming up on me and just moved over a few inches to let him go by. It's easy when you are wide awake. Five minutes later I would not even have a memory of him going past me.

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I would have seen that MC coming up on me and just moved over a few inches to let him go by. It's easy when you are wide awake.
In this case mirror could have helped. What's harder to avoid is a vehicle not directly behind you, but on the next lane, and suddenly moves onto your lane behind you and hitting you (e.g. either intentional, drunk, or picking up a dropped object).
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The motorcyclist is an amazing jerk. I love the way he tries to rationalize hooking the cyclist. Still the cyclist is not the brightest tool in the shed either; using a cell phone while riding in traffic is just plain dumb.
Cell phone was bad, but the cyclist held his line even with the phone.
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Just goes to show what i have been preaching around here for years. Cycling in most city environments is a lot like going to war. If you don't pay strict attention to 360* of your surroundings some "roadside bomb" is going to blow your @$$ up. As a cyclist I don't care that the MCist is a jerk, all I care about is getting to work and back home without a motor vehicle in my back pocket.

Stow the phone, lose the ear buds, use a rear-view mirror, and keep your eyes peeled - or end up wishing you had done so. We chose to swim with sharks and cry when we doze off and get bitten. I would have seen that MC coming up on me and just moved over a few inches to let him go by. It's easy when you are wide awake. Five minutes later I would not even have a memory of him going past me.
Yet you hit the pedestrian right in front of you. Easy to throw stones,eh.
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So do you believe that if the cyclist had a hi-viz taillight, the hit from behind would not have occurred?
Maybe. In that the taillight I have, is extremely bright with a 'fast strobe' setting. Better than any of the other junk out there. But the motorcyclist was ignorant for causing it in the first place. The motorcyclist's ignorance, was superceded by the officer's ignorance.
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The motorcyclist is an amazing jerk. I love the way he tries to rationalize hooking the cyclist. Still the cyclist is not the brightest tool in the shed either; using a cell phone while riding in traffic is just plain dumb.
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As a Motorcyclists who spends a bit of time on MC forums too, motorcyclists and cyclists are birds of a feather in that many riders feel free to take liberties, are quick to assign blame on others, and reluctant to take responsibility for their culpability.
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As a Motorcyclists who spends a bit of time on MC forums too, motorcyclists and cyclists are birds of a feather in that many riders feel free to take liberties, are quick to assign blame on others, and reluctant to take responsibility for their culpability.
Also they both start threads asking why someone didn't wave back
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Just goes to show what i have been preaching around here for years. Cycling in most city environments is a lot like going to war. If you don't pay strict attention to 360* of your surroundings some "roadside bomb" is going to blow your @$$ up. As a cyclist I don't care that the MCist is a jerk, all I care about is getting to work and back home without a motor vehicle in my back pocket.

Stow the phone, lose the ear buds, use a rear-view mirror, and keep your eyes peeled - or end up wishing you had done so. We chose to swim with sharks and cry when we doze off and get bitten. I would have seen that MC coming up on me and just moved over a few inches to let him go by. It's easy when you are wide awake. Five minutes later I would not even have a memory of him going past me.
I would have waited till he's beside me and then quickly stuck my arm out to indicate a left turn!
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The cyclist is riding in straight line in a bike lane, can be clearly seen, is knocked to the ground by a person making a clearly unsafe passing maneuver, yet it seems that law enforcement officer, the motorcyclist, and some here on BF seem too focused on what the cyclist should have done or not done in preventing the incident.
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Are all UK bike lanes positioned between opposite-direction traffic lanes? What a horror -- they'll get you "coming and going".
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Are all UK bike lanes positioned between opposite-direction traffic lanes? What a horror -- they'll get you "coming and going".
In reading some comments in one of the OP links, it appears that this may not be a designated bike lane, but possibly a "separation" buffer between the two opposing traffic lanes.
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Yet you hit the pedestrian right in front of you. Easy to throw stones,eh.
Only things I have hit from behind have been passenger cars when I was in high school riding on steel rims in wet weather. I have never hit a pedestrian that was "right in front of me" for more than a 10th of a second - as they tried to cross a busy street mid block from between two parked cars, in effect just "appearing" in front of me as if they had been beamed down from the Starship Enterprise. Even then, they did not blame me for their transgression and were lucky I was not driving a car.

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The cyclist is riding in straight line in a bike lane, can be clearly seen, is knocked to the ground by a person making a clearly unsafe passing maneuver, yet it seems that law enforcement officer, the motorcyclist, and some here on BF seem too focused on what the cyclist should have done or not done in preventing the incident.
The motorcyclist is in the wrong and the rider didn't contribute to the accident (that seems pretty clear from the video). The motorcyclist moreover looks like he wanted to hook the cyclist as his actions and comments suggest that this was done some level of intent. Still using a cell phone in traffic while riding a bike is a dumb thing to do.
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I bet the motorcyclist wouldn't have made the same pass if it were not a bike but another motorcycle, car, van or truck, whose driver was using cell phone. I have only contempt for such "courageous" and "righteous" deeds.
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Still using a cell phone in traffic while riding a bike is a dumb thing to do.
Not paying strict attention to the task at hand for ANY reason while cycling in traffic is pretty dumb and will likely not end well.
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