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    Quote Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs View Post
    I got hit yesterday. I was in the left turn lane at an intersection, waiting for the light... This guy driving a black acura sedan, in the left turn lane of the intersecting road, makes his left, right into me...I couldn't believe it, I had no time to move, he was looking 45 degrees to port of the direction of his vehicle. I lept up off the pedals and onto his hood.

    The bastard took off when I asked him for his information. License and such. I got his plates. Amazingly a car pulls up and the driver says, "Do you need a witness?" I said, "Yeah, I'd greatly appreciate it." He hands me his card...the guy is an NYPD Operations Intelligence Specialist, Special Operations Division, a Captain...

    Great witness. I'm okay, my knee was a little aggravated, going to the doctor today to have it checked out. Bike was mangled. I filed a complaint and accident report. Once the paperwork is in the system I'm going to insist upon an arrest and take it from there.

    Man, go for it - with a witness like that you should be golden. The only way that cyclist become safer on the road is when drivers start watching out for them. They way that happens is by the word getting out that there are consequences. Besides that, what buttheads that leave the scene of an accident deserve to get whacked hard by the law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    I've been car-free or car-light for decades. I can't think of a single instance where an airzound, a 10000 lumen light, a reflective vest, high viz clothing, or a big red flag would have made me safer. Not one.

    #bike stockholm syndrome
    You're not advocating that lights and the capability of being seen by car drivers doesn't matter, are you?

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    I'm probably only alive because of my airzound horn. I think it has saved my life at least 3 times now and I *don't* ride dangerously. The first time it saved me I was walking my bike across a crosswalk at an intersection with a light telling me to cross. The driver of the car that almost hit me was staring at cross traffic and not paying attention to what was in front of him. The airzound got his attention and he ran off the road to avoid hitting me and hit one of the metal streetlamp poles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    I've been car-free or car-light for decades. I can't think of a single instance where an airzound, a 10000 lumen light, a reflective vest, high viz clothing, or a big red flag would have made me safer. Not one.

    #bike stockholm syndrome

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    chilling to watch
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    People who look but dont see, dont see

    Until policebikes (inc lights) dont get hit anymore, lights wont save you

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
    You're not advocating that lights and the capability of being seen by car drivers doesn't matter, are you?
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    I am arguing that cycling for transportation is safe. I am also arguing that the value of safety prophylactics is over-rated.
    This is why motorists hate us, and why I've given up riding on the road...You should be ashamed yourself, and you should be reviled by cyclists everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iconicflux View Post
    I'm probably only alive because of my airzound horn. I think it has saved my life at least 3 times now and I *don't* ride dangerously. The first time it saved me I was walking my bike across a crosswalk at an intersection with a light telling me to cross. The driver of the car that almost hit me was staring at cross traffic and not paying attention to what was in front of him. The airzound got his attention and he ran off the road to avoid hitting me and hit one of the metal streetlamp poles.

    Cheers,
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    the vast majority of cyclists do not have an airzound and yet somehow cycling is still safe. morover, the relatively small risk of injury or death is due to negligence and criminal behavior by motorists (and cyclists), not because cyclists fail to decorate themselves like christmas trees.

    anyone who rides around central amsterdam at night will note many cyclists without bike lights. the same is also true in portland. safety is the primary responsibility of the people driving the killing machines, not their victims.
    Last edited by spare_wheel; 10-14-13 at 06:41 PM. Reason: it's not only cagers...cyclists also have brain farts
    This is why motorists hate us, and why I've given up riding on the road...You should be ashamed yourself, and you should be reviled by cyclists everywhere.

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    If you can't see the cyclist because they are not properly visible, then I think you will find that it's a shared responsibility.

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    Do you know where his front light is/was mounted? Just asking because towards the end of the video I see the flashing, but it's also lighting up his forearms and the rear of his cable coming off the bars, so the light wasn't mounted on the handlebar? There's also a shadow cast on his right forearm, possibly from the handlebar... was the light pointing upwards? Makes me wonder whether the light was mounted such that it made it much less effective from the front.
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    Glad the cyclist is OK. Brakes or no brakes, it wouldn't have helped in that situation. Clearly the motorist was at fault. One thing I would have done differently is take the entire lane, which was obviously "sharrowed". Being more out in the traffic lane would have made him more visible. (No guarantee of not getting hit, of course, but it does improve the odds, and gives a split second more reaction time to the biker.) There are sharrow lanes where I live, and I have found that "owning" the lane is very safe, otherwise cars will try to squeeze you as one car did at about 1:20 in the video. I have not done those sharrow lanes at night, and rarely ride at night, so can't say for sure on that. I do run a very bright flasher on the rear, and a very bright light on front (Steady at night, flash in the daylight)
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    Quote Originally Posted by koolerb View Post
    What with so many trying to blame the guy on the bike? The car was at fault.
    At night, if a bike does not have lights, the car is NOT at fault. That this bike had sufficient lighting is the question. In my area legally the solid white light in front must be bright enough to see (a long distance, forgot the # of feet). This video shows little if no light cast on the darker parts of the street (this one would not be legal in my area). If I were this cyclist with this minimal lighting at that speed I would assume I am invisible to those in front of me. That is, I would expect vehicles might turn in front therefore I would give my self an out (by speed/stopping ability, or escape route L or R) if I have no out then I would slow my speed and proceed when I'm sure the driver sees me. Sorry, I fear my opinion will be unpopular and I feel sorry for this cyclist as I occasionally find myself in situations at night with no lights (or only a rear blinky) and I'll continue to try not to put myself in these kinds of situations.

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    Why are so many of you such dicks? You expect this cyclist to blow his air horn while applying the brakes AND jump on the sidewalk to avoid the collission. Sure when you slow things down on youtube it's much easier to avoid this stuff. Try getting out and actually riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    the vast majority of cyclists do not have an airzound and yet somehow cycling is still safe. morover, the relatively small risk of injury or death is due to endemic negligence and criminal behavior by motorists, not because cyclists fail to decorate themselves like christmas trees.

    anyone who rides around central amsterdam at night will note many cyclists without bike lights. the same is also true in portland. safety is the primary responsibility of the people driving the killing machines, not their victims.
    Agree spare_wheel. As a driver of 30+ years, I have never (yes, never!) hit nor almost hit a cyclist (or even caused a cyclist a scare), day or night. NEVER! But obvioulsy we cyclists need not put ourselves into overly dangerous situations i.e., busy/fast streets at night especially w/o sufficient lighting. No-brainer kind of stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    Why are so many of you such dicks? You expect this cyclist to blow his air horn while applying the brakes AND jump on the sidewalk to avoid the collission. Sure when you slow things down on youtube it's much easier to avoid this stuff. Try getting out and actually riding.
    Gary, open your mind. No one's trying to be a dick. This is good commentary - we're exploring different ways of thinking. No one here wants to see a cyclist get vitimized. What factors contribute to our safety or unsafe practices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    I've been car-free or car-light for decades. I can't think of a single instance where an airzound, a 10000 lumen light, a reflective vest, high viz clothing, or a big red flag would have made me safer. Not one.

    #bike stockholm syndrome
    Airzound WILL get someone's attention if you're close enough; the example in the video, not necessarily so. I've gotten people's attention VOCALLY, from more than 3 car lengths away. I've also had cars flash their brights at me because my 144-lumen headlight was adjusted a bit high. Your other examples, I have little experience with; ONCE, I had a kid trailer with a flag attached, and got a LOT of space on the road.

    Blinkie tail light, though, is a BIG thing; I've had several drivers pull up next to me at stop signs and lights, and TELL me they were pleased that I had the light, they could SEE me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iconicflux View Post
    I'm probably only alive because of my airzound horn. I think it has saved my life at least 3 times now and I *don't* ride dangerously. Kevin
    Airzounds are kinda cool and interesting and I'd like to try one but I've not seen any around here (bunch of bikes too, I live in a platinum cycling city). In my panic situations (maybe one or two every five years or so) I scream/yell to get the drivers' attention - so far never been hit (knocking wood). With a horn, I wonder if I'd have the wherewithall to fine my horn button? Though fun to blast away once I did find it.

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    [QUOTE=longbeachgary;16160669] You expect this cyclist to... applying the brakes AND/OR jump on the sidewalk to avoid the collission. QUOTE]

    Um, well, I'd guess I'd say yes to that question. I think we all do this in some ways or others whether we're conscious of it or not - those of us who've been doing this for many decades anyway. Not saying that some very rare cases we have no options but... self preservation, ya know?

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    [QUOTE=boattail71;16160740]
    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    You expect this cyclist to... applying the brakes AND jump on the sidewalk to avoid the collission. QUOTE]

    Um, well, I'd guess I'd say yes to that question. I think we all do this in some ways or others whether we're conscious of it or not - those of us who've been doing this for many decades anyway. Not saying that some very rare cases we have no options but... self preservation, ya know?
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    if you look you can clearly see he's got blinky lights because its shining on his forearm and brake cables. AND if you try to take it frame by frame right before/at impact, you can see the light shine very brightly on the back of the car right above the wheelwell/door handle level.

    its not the cyclists fault. clearly the cars fault.

    also, a cyclist who is wearing a camera during a ride is definitely the same kind of person who knows to have a bright light on the front.

    stop *****ing and blaming the cyclist. guy knew what he was doing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    if you look you can clearly see he's got blinky lights because its shining on his forearm and brake cables. AND if you try to take it frame by frame right before/at impact, you can see the light shine very brightly on the back of the car right above the wheelwell/door handle level.

    its not the cyclists fault. clearly the cars fault.

    also, a cyclist who is wearing a camera during a ride is definitely the same kind of person who knows to have a bright light on the front.

    stop *****ing and blaming the cyclist. guy knew what he was doing.
    Shadows!

    Explain then why we can see his shadow in front of him every time he rides under a street light or a car approaches from behind? My commuter light is much too bright to see my shadow in those cases.


    I'm sure the cyclist knows plenty with the camera and all and maybe the crash was unavoidable. I'm just sayin' that light sure wasn't very bright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boattail71 View Post
    Gary, open your mind. No one's trying to be a dick. This is good commentary - we're exploring different ways of thinking. No one here wants to see a cyclist get vitimized. What factors contribute to our safety or unsafe practices?
    I've been around long enough to know that most of this discussion is people rationalizing to themselves why these incidents would not happen to them. in any event, if people insist on talking about that we will move the thread to A&S

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    Quote Originally Posted by boattail71 View Post
    Agree spare_wheel. As a driver of 30+ years, I have never (yes, never!) hit nor almost hit a cyclist (or even caused a cyclist a scare), day or night. NEVER! But obvioulsy we cyclists need not put ourselves into overly dangerous situations i.e., busy/fast streets at night especially w/o sufficient lighting. No-brainer kind of stuff.
    i definitely think lights are a prudent thing. i also think that many cyclists would benefit from a cycling class.
    This is why motorists hate us, and why I've given up riding on the road...You should be ashamed yourself, and you should be reviled by cyclists everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    chilling to watch
    Agreed.

    I thought the cyclist was hit from behind. It looks like the rear wheel of the bike lifted before impact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boattail71 View Post
    Shadows!

    Explain then why we can see his shadow in front of him every time he rides under a street light or a car approaches from behind? My commuter light is much too bright to see my shadow in those cases.


    I'm sure the cyclist knows plenty with the camera and all and maybe the crash was unavoidable. I'm just sayin' that light sure wasn't very bright.
    because maybe it wasn't pointed at the ground, but more ahead so it wasn't strong enough on the bottom periphery to block out a shadow.
    this can be backed up by looking where the light hits the car just a split second before impact. it's pointed straight forward, not down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuteCommando View Post
    Glad the cyclist is OK. Brakes or no brakes, it wouldn't have helped in that situation.
    Since the car started pulling in, before the contact, whole 2 seconds I counted. The car is at fault, especially for running away (bastard), but biker didn't even try to slow down when he saw the problem starting. That was not wise.

    I've had cars pull out in front of me, several crashes, so know what I'm talking about. One learns from one's mistakes if they live...
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