Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Bikes: ~1990 Bianchi Forte, 2006 Kona Jake
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Eventful commute this morning
I had my most eventful ride this morning in more than 14 months of commuting. It was overcast and had stopped raining quite recently. I had my lights on in flashy to-be-seen mode.
1. Riding up to an intersection to make a left turn; car with a stop sign to my left at the intersection. He came to a stop, then proceded to drive out in front of me. I had already slowed considerably for my (signalled) turn, then went into emergency braking mode. I clearly need to practice keeping my weight back for an emergency stop, as I performed a (not altogether ungraceful) dismount over the handlebars (something akin to a vault over the bars). I may have even been able to stick the landing, had both my feet come out of the toe clips, but only one did (the other pulled free of my shoe). He stopped to ensure that I was okay, and to appologize (profusely). I seemed fine, and still do a couple of hours later. I straightened out my bars and brifters before I got back on, and need to do a bit of adjusting on the rear derailleur before the ride home. I took down his plate number as he drove away, just in case.
2. A pedestrian started crossing in front of me on a very stale flashing hand crosswalk signal, and the light turned red as he was about halfway across the intersection. He continued to amble across in front of my wheel as I got the green, blissfully unaware of the presence of two bikes and a car waiting for him to pass.
3. Riding along a road on campus that intersects with a MUP, a cyclist rode onto the road from the MUP right in front of me without looking. If I was driving a car, I would have been calling an ambulance for him...
4. A car stopped at the side of a roadway pulled a u-turn in front of me without looking. I was among a group of pedestrians and cyclists who needed to slow or stop quickly to let this car turn in our path.
If I didn't know otherwise, I'd guess there was a full moon out this morning... I'll be taking my time on the ride home this evening.