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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
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So I commuted by foot... I feel safer on my bike! (I got hit)
Over the winter and nursing some injuries I have been 100% on a treadmill or an indoor track. Just recently I decided to use the warm weather spurt as the point where I started moving my triathlon training outdoors. I recently started running downtown here, exactly where I commute, after work. One particular day this week I was running from my work to my gym (commuting
), about a 3 mile loop to get there. It was right after work so I was extra cautious about traffic.
I was running down the sidewalk on the left hand side when I came up on an intersection with a white (green) ped light for me to cross. I notice a truck stopped and figured he was wanting to turn right (facing me), but was waiting for me to clear the road. So I'm about halfway across the interesction jogging and I notice the truck start to move and turn my way. I look into the cockpit to see the driver completely looking over his shoulder at traffic the other way (which is stopped by red anyway). The guy never looks in front of him and just continues to drive looking backwards!
Its too late now and this guy is pushing the gas so I'm stuck like a squirrel but decide to just keep going and try to sprint out of his way. I turn a 45 degree to my left to try and get an angle away from the truck to give me a few more moments. Thats when I felt the cold steel bumper against my right leg.
BAM the bumper hits me and I instantly jump up off my other foot and slid across the corner of his hood. Miracle has it that I did it perfect and I think I may have even used my right leg that was hit initially to step on his bumper and help me onto his hood. It looked like this guy plowed me and I rolled over the hood. There were tons of other pedestrians around (even other runners) and some of the women started screaming when they saw me going up and over the corner of the hood. People came over to see if I was OK but I was virtually scratch free, just a little shocked. The truck didnt stop or the driver never even saw/heard me.
Today my right knee is a little bruised/sore but nothing to really complain about.
Be careful out there guys, even when on foot. I think my cat like reflexes from commuting/being on a bicycle helped save me from any injury.