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I also completely disagree regarding cops. They work for me. Were it not for my tax dollars, they'd have no job. I pay almost $800 a year in property taxes just to fund my local police department (it's specifically broken out as a line item). Cops are around to enforce the laws that society deems to make, not selectively enforce, not to make their own and not to be considered a different rung of society.
I also don't see what's so hard, or needs divine intervention, to educate drivers. They may not pay attention, but they would if a few stiff fines and penalties were doled out. Just as I said after my encounter with a car, humans are in general not nearly as smart as we'd like to hope. They look out for themselves until they're forced to do otherwise. To think that someone driving a 2000+ pound vehicle shouldn't be held to a higher standard in terms of how they interact with someone on a 15-20 pound bike, to me is ludicrous.
If a human brain can function fast enough for a person to hit an 90+ mph fastball, I think we're sophisticated enough for drivers to see a car. If you can't see one, you don't need a license.
I honestly can't believe how much cyclists are willing to give up in this regard.
I myself.... I love cycling and have no difficulty understanding and accepting all the problems, dangers, and risks associated with what I am convinced is a blood sport.
^ a "blood sport," but one where a cyclist like the op can't speak his mind when almost killed?
And by the way, my beliefs and those of others do have a dramatic impact on how my corner of the world revolves -- at least if I'm willing to participate in government and make them heard. Those who are associated with cops see things as very black and white, which is why someone who has that personality bend is often told they'd made a great cop. The problem with that is the world is full of situations where subjective judgements have to be made based on observations. That's where you want cops who are trained to do that around and you want them backed up by laws that make that possible.
I just find the whole notion of a blood sport just utterly ridiculous. This isn't boxing for crying out loud.
The fact is that most of the population couldn't hit a 90MPH fastball to save their lives.
And yeah, maybe we ARE sophisticated enough to see cars... but we'd like motorists to see bikes too!
Post 34, that you responded to, is a response to post 27, which included the sentence:
And BTW DBA... I agree with you... hitting a baseball has nothing to do with the ability to drive, or the ability to see and respond to a cyclist.If a human brain can function fast enough for a person to hit an 90+ mph fastball, I think we're sophisticated enough for drivers to see a car. If you can't see one, you don't need a license.
Whereas we know the brain can be trained to high level performance like "hitting an 90+ mph fastball"... it would be foolish to expect such skill levels from the average person. The same with the skill levels of the average motorist. Scaring old women in parking lots, yelling at motorist, making obscene gestures.... none of that poor and childish behavior will raise motorist skill levels.
As cyclists we are stuck with whatever the DMV (Dept of Motor Vehicles) lets out on the roads. It is what it is. Take it or leave it.
I live in an area infested with deer. When cycling I began looking for and trying to spot the deer in the area. Now I rarely drive a mile without see a deer feeding on flowers or laying in shade. Almost everyone else (friends, neighbors, family) never see these deer. We cyclist are a bit like the deer... in some regards. We are there.... yet we are invisible.
My two cents: I don't think she intentionally tried to kill you, nor do I think she was aware of you. She very likely took a glance down the road, saw that it was clear and went... ignoring that pesky bicyclist, they're slow anyways...
The trick here is to be aware of what is a common occurrence and be prepared for it. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've had motorists turn in front of me like that. Be prepared to slow down and carefully watch them as you proceed through the intersection.
Frankly I got tired of trying to teach motorists their responsibilities... they rarely listened, and often lied, defending their poor driving habits.
I just got a loud horn. Wakes them up plenty well.