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Old 07-09-17, 10:40 AM   #51
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And yet this is NOT a right hook...


The cyclist approached from behind, the motorist was indicating a turn and the cyclist rode right into the vehicle.

A "right hook" is where a motorist passes you and then cuts you off. The motorist, in passing, should be aware of your presence.
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The cyclist approached from behind, the motorist was indicating a turn and the cyclist rode right into the vehicle.
There have been a couple cyclists killed in this manner in the last year or so. IIRC, one of them here in Chicago was the first fatality on a bike-sharing system. This is tragic, yet it comes under the heading of "rider error".
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And yet this is NOT a right hook...
Agreed, rider error. Passing on the right requires extreme attention, this was avoidable.
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Agreed, rider error. Passing on the right requires extreme attention, this was avoidable.
Also agreed -- there are certainly some dumb@$$ cyclists out there. (Sometimes including myself!)
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Trailer trucks and busses can be deadly when they turn right.
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I was commuting today for the first time in months (haven't been able to because of scheduling issues, but hope to cycle during the school summer holidays). As I approached a Starbucks driveway, a car came up my left, and I prepared to be right hooked - I frequently am at that location. And - I didn't get right hooked. The driver went just a little ahead of me and waited for me to get past! I waved him thanks and kept riding
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I was commuting today for the first time in months (haven't been able to because of scheduling issues, but hope to cycle during the school summer holidays). As I approached a Starbucks driveway, a car came up my left, and I prepared to be right hooked - I frequently am at that location. And - I didn't get right hooked. The driver went just a little ahead of me and waited for me to get past! I waved him thanks and kept riding
He should've not gone past you at all, but merged in behind you. Once they pass, you don't know if they're going to stop or hook... but I won't pass anyone on the right when traffic's moving or they have a right turn signal on.
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He should've not gone past you at all, but merged in behind you. Once they pass, you don't know if they're going to stop or hook... but I won't pass anyone on the right when traffic's moving or they have a right turn signal on.
True. But I've observed that a lot of drivers don't know they should merge into the bike lane as they prepare to turn right. This was still better than the norm - btw, this was just a little south of you - Dublin.
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He should've not gone past you at all, but merged in behind you. Once they pass, you don't know if they're going to stop or hook...
This is where a really loud air horn comes in handy. Not that the horn will physically prevent a hook, but in my experience it seems to clarify the cyclist's presence for the car driver.
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Trailer trucks and UPS delivery trucks. These are the two main categories that I find are most common perpetrators of the right hook. Former maybe because they are probably unaware of the extra length of their vehicle and latter just because they are in a rush.
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All the more reason, in some cases to take the lane. Or at an intersection filter to the front in front of a car or wait in the back of a line.
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I was commuting today for the first time in months (haven't been able to because of scheduling issues, but hope to cycle during the school summer holidays). As I approached a Starbucks driveway, a car came up my left, and I prepared to be right hooked - I frequently am at that location. And - I didn't get right hooked. The driver went just a little ahead of me and waited for me to get past! I waved him thanks and kept riding
I also had it not-happen yesterday, at the exit from a MUP.
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