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    Pedestrians have it rough

    So I've logged 200+ miles on my bike this month and about 100 yards walking
    and my "Close Car Encounter" happens during that 100 yards. Go figure.
    Pedestrians have it rough. In our favor is the traffic codes/laws and the
    fact that we, as cyclists, are where motorists expect us to be whether we
    are motorists or cyclists. The poor pedestrians walking along the sidewalk
    are sitting ducks for motorists making right turns out of parking lots and such.
    That was my experience today. Walking West along the sidewalk facing oncoming
    traffic and I come upon a parking lot with a signal light to control traffic
    entering and leaving the lot. The woman was so intent on making a "Right
    Turn on Red" that she never thought to check the sidewalk. As she intently
    monitored the traffic coming from her left while slowly inching forward you can
    be sure I was intently watching her from my excellent vantage point about
    12 inches from her right front fender and well into the driveway. (Not in a rush
    for a "Dirt Nap" I was not about to cross in front of her even though I had the
    OK to cross signal). As she finally spied a large enough gap in traffic you can only
    imagine the shock on her face when she glanced to her right while punching the
    accelerator. Hee, hee, I certainly gave her a bit of a shock as I waved to her.

    I do expect she'll be a little more aware of pedestrians on the sidewalk the next time
    she ventures out into traffic.

    And for me, I think I'll stay with the bikes for a while. Those cars seem bigger
    to me when I'm off my bike...and scarier.

    This is also one good example as to why cyclists should not ride on sidewalks.

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    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
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    You should have given the fender a healthy slap with your hand as she went by to emphasize what it would have sounded like if she had hit you.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    You should have given the fender a healthy slap with your hand as she went by to emphasize what it would have sounded like if she had hit you.


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