Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Diego
Bikes: LOOK KG 461, LeMond Zurich, Giant Talon 29er 0
Almost rear ended a car this morning...
I was coming up to an area I hate riding through but it's really the best way for me to go to work otherwise I'm riding through an industrial area with a lot of trucks and diesel exhaust. Anyway, it is pretty residential with a high school off on a side street but idiot parents always park in the bike lane to let their kids off for school (which is illegal-and cops sometimes ticket them for this but not enough obviously).
Anyway, I'm coming up on the parked cars in the bike lane so I signal that I'm going to move over in front of a car, traffic was heavy and moving slowly. I glance at the opening to make sure the driver isn't going to plow into me as I move across and when I looked back ahead the car in front of me was stopped and I was heading right for it. I grab two fists of brake and swerve to avoid the left rear side of the car and barely made it. Didn't even lock a wheel fortunately.
Could have been a lot worse.