Yesterday I joined several ladies from my cycling club for the annual "Ladies Lunch" ride. We met at the Xenia Bike Hub and did a slow, easy ride to another town for lunch. Everyone had a great time and things were going great until about a half mile from the end of the ride.
All the ladies were in the left turn lane but I was in the lane going straight through as I had parked at another trail-head and rode extra miles to the ride. Just as we reached the midway point of the intersection a car approaching from my right goes through the red light and comes to a screeching halt in the middle of the intersection. Thankfully he missed all of us but now I'm positioned at the back of his car with my front wheel just a few inches behind his bumper. Something told me this young man thought all the bikes were in front of him and didn't know I was behind him. I quickly moved back a couple feet just as he threw it in reverse and backed up missing me and my bike by inches. He muttered he was sorry and that he didn't see the red light or us. It was then I spied his cell phone in his hand. I told him it was really hard to miss 15 women on bikes and he probably wanted to put his %$*&! cell phone away before he killed someone. Inattentive drivers are my biggest fear when I'm riding the roads