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Old 07-03-14, 09:46 AM   #1
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How many "run-ins" do you have on your commute ?

Looking for a number, but elabarate if you like ...

I have 0 on my 5 mi. commute to work, ( close to large state univ. ) but the few times I ride the 13 mi. to the gf's place ( in the suburbs ) its at least 2. ( I don't run red lights or stop signs, I don't "salmon", I use the MUP if there is one, but mostly pick deserted 2 lane roads, or 4 lane roads, that give the option to pass safely and smoothly... I try to stay off 2 lane arterial roads. )

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Old 07-03-14, 09:48 AM   #2
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Almost never. I've had a few run-ins over the years of commuting, but on a daily basis its essentially zero. My riding is a mix of paved MUPs and local roads with the occasional arterial thrown in.
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Old 07-03-14, 09:59 AM   #3
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I commute about 7 miles each day. I have no "regular" run-ins, but I have had a few run-ins over the last two years. The worst of which was some guy blocking me from being able to switch lanes to make a left turn, then spitting on me when I went around him. That incident really got my blood boiling and I got off my bike and was prepared to turn all his windows into U-lock targets. Cooler heads prevailed and I rode off, but I really wish I could have gotten a statement from some witnesses and called the police with his license number. That form of assault carries a very serious offense.

Outside of that there's always the guy in the big lifted truck rolling coal, and there are the people who think it's hilarious to honk their horn as they're passing beside you, or revving their engine, or shouting. It probably happens about once every week or so.

Occasionally I get funny harassment that is kind of encouraging. I commute fast and in a kit because I sweat like crazy, and because all of my bicycles fit me in such a way that wearing anything but is extremely uncomfortable, so I'll occasionally get people shouting out stuff about Lance Armstrong or the Tour de France (The only two things non-cyclist know about)
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Old 07-03-14, 10:14 AM   #4
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In ~9500 miles. None. Might be related to where I live.
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Old 07-03-14, 10:24 AM   #5
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None. 10 years and 35,000 miles so far. I've had maybe 3 or 4 people yell something incomprehensible at me in that time. I had one pull-out incident about 5 years ago that was close enough that I pushed off the front bumper with my hand. That's about it.
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Old 07-03-14, 10:42 AM   #6
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...the few times I ride the 13 mi. to the gf's place ( in the suburbs ) its at least 2.
You get into fights at least two times on one ride? I've been riding for many years, currently riding around 15k miles per year. Never been in a fight once.
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Old 07-03-14, 10:46 AM   #7
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You get into fights at least two times on one ride? I've been riding for many years, currently riding around 15k miles per year. Never been in a fight once.
I'd be curious to know what would happen if you encountered your neighbor lady on a commute and annoyed her...
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You get into fights at least two times on one ride? I've been riding for many years, currently riding around 15k miles per year. Never been in a fight once.

Never said "fights"... Who said fights ? But as long as we are on the subject... the only thing even close to a fight, is when some red-neck "rolled coal" on a small group ride, which led to various hand gestures, then the truck stopped, and bubba rolled, out, next thing I know, someone's off the bike, standing cleat to boot, good thing someone else diffused the situation by taking the truck keys and hiding them... : o) But those were roadies ... not my reg. commute.

I'm talking about *little* stuff, like honking/yelling, right hooking, the "thread the needle" move, etc ...

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Old 07-03-14, 11:39 AM   #9
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Never said "fights"... Who said fights ? But as long as we are on the subject... the only thing even close to a fight, is when some red-neck "rolled coal" on a small group ride, which led to various hand gestures, then the truck stopped, and bubba rolled, out, next thing I know, someone's off the bike, standing cleat to boot, good thing someone else diffused the situation by taking the truck keys and hiding them... : o) But those were roadies ... not my reg. commute.

I'm talking about *little* stuff, like honking/yelling, right hooking, the "thread the needle" move, etc ...
I didn't know what "run-in" means and looked at a online dictionary. If honking counts then I get one every week or two (200 miles commuting/week in Atlanta). Other stuff is much less often. But if I were not choosing my route carefully it would be much more. I stay off of busy roads except for a few unavoidable short distances. Otherwise I follow a network of neighborhood streets that keep me much more out of the traffic. It's all relative though. I ride a good distance on some roads that are 35 mph speed limit and two lanes. That's night and day better than 45 mph and four or six lanes.
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Old 07-03-14, 11:51 AM   #10
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I used to have to stop about once every other trip for dogwalkers who either let their dog run free or kept left when I rode on a bike path more often, but my new route is pretty uneventful.
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Old 07-03-14, 12:45 PM   #11
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Depends on what you mean by run-in......Weird stuff happens daily.....Physical run-ins?....

I had high school kids jumping in front of me in the slow lane for awhile,causing me to swerve into traffic.That went on for a couple weeks.....Until I was going 25MPH instead of 10MPH one time.....I broke his arm and collerbone....He doesn't jump in front of bicycle any longer......
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Old 07-03-14, 01:00 PM   #12
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I'd say that I generally have maybe one incident per month, perhaps every two months. I've had everything from water bottles thrown at me from car windows, to people passing too closely, to narrowly-avoided pull-outs, to joggers in the bike lane (why do they do that?). On two unnerving occasions, I've had inattentive drivers slam on their brakes behind me, then honk and yell because I had the audacity to signal a left turn, then slow to a stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear in order to make said left turn from the appropriate lane (I'd have done the same in my car, but I doubt I would have received the same reaction). I even once had to avoid some dummy riding the wrong direction in the same bike lane in which I was traveling. Apparently, the painted symbols of cyclists with the big arrow above them on the pavement were too hard to figure out... All that aside, however, my commutes are usually smooth and uneventful for the most part.
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Old 07-03-14, 01:36 PM   #13
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i have run ins with cyclists far more often than motorists. about 1-2 per year for cyclists and one every 2-3 years for motorists.
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Not very frequently. A few times I have been yelled at or something. Maybe every 5-10 rides I deal with an aggressive/unsafe pass or some other bad or unaware driving.
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Old 07-03-14, 02:56 PM   #15
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In the past twelve months, as I can recall: two people cut be off, turning right, in front of me. One lady looked at me and smiled at the light and then cut me off when it turned green. One guy tailing me too close. three or four times, groups of riders just hogging the bike lane. I do not ride fast and am very careful (my opinion). What I get a lot are people in traffic going too slow for fear of running me down. They just will not pass and hold up the flow of traffic.
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Old 07-03-14, 03:16 PM   #16
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I started commuting 20 months ago and commute 5 days/week (9 miles round trip). Commuting I have been honked at 1 time. On recreational rides I have been honked at 1 time. So, not too bad.
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I's say it averages slightly less than one/week. Interestingly (to me, at least), about 2/3rds of my commute is on the MUP, and the rest is mostly neighborhood streets, with a short jaunt on a 4-lane 55 mph highway with a decent shoulder.

My run-ins are about equally split between drivers honking, right hooking, close passes, etc., and iPod zombie joggers, walkers, or people with unleashed dogs/children on the MUP.
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I think my standards have changed for what constitutes a "run-in". A lot of what I might have taken personal, I now write off as just bad driving.
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When I was commuting on my normal route,I would get maybe one every other month. When I was commuting through downtown for a short time,and when I ride around the city,I get one about once a week.

On my old route traffic was sparse on about half of it,and I saw signs that folks were actually getting used to seeing me. Most of the issues I've had around the city were also placing where traffic is a mess;I see drivers do stupid things with each other all the time.
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