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Old 09-06-05, 07:12 PM   #1
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I ruined a truckie's day

I did a very dangerous thing yesterday:

I squeezed past a big truck with a trailer on the left at a roundabout as it was arriving at the roundabout. Now this is a big no-no, vehicles tend to cut corners leaving no room between the vehicle and the kerb. But I thought hey, it's OK just go quickly, so I did. The truckie did get a fright as I popped out from under his trucks nose, so to speak, because he lost his momentum with the gears for a moment or two.

Then just on the other side of the roundabout, there is a pedestrian crossing with lights, I always pop the button before going on so I can cross the road later on with no traffic to contend with. The truckie saw me popping the button and was caught by the light. As he passed me later, (I was already on the other side of the road on a service lane) he screamed something at me.
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Old 09-06-05, 08:00 PM   #2
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I'll have to check the papers tomorrow to see if you're obituary is in there....
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The truckie did get a fright as I popped out from under his trucks nose, so to speak, because he lost his momentum with the gears for a moment or two.
...and the most common phrase uttered by a motorist that just hit a cyclist?

"He just came from out of nowhere!"
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Old 09-07-05, 06:40 AM   #4
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i usually compliment a bonehead move such as that one with at least a conciliatory "my bad" wave with a little smile as the person rides by shouting profanities at me.

helps me think that person MIGHT not go out of their way to kill me next time they see me out there....
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Old 09-07-05, 07:07 AM   #5
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For 1/2 a second, I'll let myself call you an idiot but now I have to say that at least you learned. Thanks for letting the other new commuters to this board know what not to do.

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Old 09-07-05, 08:49 AM   #6
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...and the most common phrase uttered by a motorist that just hit a cyclist?

"He just came from out of nowhere!"
I strongly suspect that it is... It was on the police report for the investigation of my brother's death 18 years ago.
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Old 09-07-05, 09:40 AM   #7
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Live and learn Jur. You're a good rider; that truck will probably meet up with you on other commutes. Shine-out!
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Vehicular manslaughter is no fun for the driver or the cyclist. The driver gets emotional pain and guilt from having killed someone unintentionally and the cyclist's family loses a loved one. Let's try not to do damage to ourselves and others.
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