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On my way up the hill I notice a public works crew showing up at a midhill round-about and thought to myself, "they could be in the way on the way down". On the way back down the hill and approaching said round-about I could see that the work crew had pulled their truck off into the grass and were out of the way. There wasn't any other visible traffic to worry about. And then,......as I approached the traffic circle at approx. 55kph, a car came from the left and proceeded directing into my path, without slowing, stopping or looking for oncoming traffic.
Screeeetchhhhhhhh! I've never heard bike tires make that noise before. They Stopped! And, thank god, started again, providing me with an escape route to the left. I got the front wheel turning again just soon enough to miss them by a good couple inches. Had lost enough speed that recorrecting to the right and missing the outside curb wasn't an issue. The eyes of the works crew were wide. Mine were wide. I'm sure the car drivers were wide.
Must continue to pay attention, regardless of right of way.