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Old 06-22-05, 02:38 AM   #1
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Has anyone ever pretended to almost hit you with their car?

I was out riding tonight on a 2 lane (1 lane in each direction) deserted road. I had just finished coming up a steep hill and I was on a straight-a-way when I saw a car in the distance behind me. For some reason I wanted to switch to the other side of the road where there was a paved shoulder (not a sidewalk) to ride on. So Iím riding along and all of a sudden the car that I saw behind me in the distance swerved over to the opposite side of the road, came within inches of hitting me, then he swerved back to the correct side of the road.

I was really f**king pissed off, and for good reason! The a**hole swerved over to the opposite side of the road just to do that! I started to peddle faster and tried to follow him down a street that he turned off on to, but obviously him being in a car, and myself being on a bike, he was gone.

I rode home, which took another 20 minutes; I showered then got into my car to try and drive around the area where I lost him. I drove around for 45mins to try and find the car, but I couldn't find it. I wanted to get the license plate number, and the address that the car was at so I could report him to the police. Iím glad that I at least switched to the opposite side of the street when I noticed the car in the distance, who knows what would have happened if he came up directly behind me while I was on the same side of the road as he was.

On a lighter note, about 20-30 minutes before that happened I almost got sprayed by a skunk that I rode by. Iím really glad that he didnít get me. But I am much more relieved that the idiot in the orange Mazda 3 didnít hit me!
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Old 06-22-05, 04:58 AM   #2
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No ,but I have been run off the road ,and had a couple of yahoos come up behind me in their car and yell at me just to see me flinch.Some people are just jerks.
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Old 06-22-05, 05:26 AM   #3
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Not since I was a kid....but I have had cars come up and honk at me trying to startle me a few times.
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Old 06-22-05, 05:58 AM   #4
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Wow, that's a really freaking dangerous stunt that driver pulled. Was he alone in the car? Usually it's groups of kids who do incredibly stupid stuff like that. You got the make and model of the car, you ought to go ahead and file a report as an attempted hit & run, and let the police worry about finding the license plate.
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It also might have been unintentional. It's known as the "moth effect" I believe, where a fatigued driver will focus on something, then subconciously drive toward it. Countess highway accidents have been blamed on this, as it causes drivers to strike disabled vehicles on the side of the road. Even police cars making traffic stops have been struck.

I had it happen to me in central PA, when an elderly woman driving in the opposite direction came across the road, forcing myself and my riding partner onto the grass. She swerved away at the last second, but you could tell by her reaction that she had "snapped out of it" and it was not intentional.

Good thing you weren't hit.
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Old 06-22-05, 07:46 AM   #6
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Been shaved a couple times, not sure if all were intentional or not. Bikers are rare enough here that usually drivers are, if anything, too cautious and almost cause wrecks by running into opposing traffic as they pass.
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yes. a couple of weeks ago I was riding in the bronx and some guy waiting to make a left turn at an intersection i was passing through accelerated hard as i passed in front of his giant SUV and then braked inches from me, while looking right at my face the whole time. his intent was DEFINITELY to scare the hell out of me because he was upset that he had to wait for a bicycle to go by before he got to turn. we exchanged some harsh words, but nothing more serious. i'm hoping karma takes care of what i would have liked to have done to that guy.
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Old 06-22-05, 10:45 AM   #8
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You're lucky you weren't hurt.
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Old 06-22-05, 10:53 AM   #9
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An orange Mazda 3? Yuck.
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Old 06-22-05, 11:39 AM   #10
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I like the Mazda 3, especially orange.
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Personally, I think it is even worse for a woman on or off a bike. The jerks of the world try anything to get a date, or at least noticed, by unsafe behavor. Sometimes it is a scary world out there- but we have to live in it.
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Old 06-22-05, 01:03 PM   #12
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Don't look now but this action is classed as "assault with
a deadly weapon with intent to kill."
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Old 06-22-05, 01:09 PM   #13
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I say call and report. if you don't then it's almost like it never happened. best to have some record of it.
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It happened to me twice last week. I moved to Central Georgia , and thought with less traffic it would be safer , but these rednecks and white trash pull into me even when I am well over on the shoulder. I have never seen such anger in the 40 years I have ridden . And if that wasnt bad enough 2 Great danes came out from the back of this house , and the women justs stand there watching them ,they did stop at the edge of the yard , invisible fence ,but scared the hell out of me . Looks like my lucks about to run out .
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Old 06-22-05, 01:23 PM   #15
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It happened to me twice last week. I moved to Central Georgia , and thought with less traffic it would be safer , but these rednecks and white trash pull into me even when I am well over on the shoulder. I have never seen such anger in the 40 years I have ridden . And if that wasnt bad enough 2 Great danes came out from the back of this house , and the women justs stand there watching them ,they did stop at the edge of the yard , invisible fence ,but scared the hell out of me . Looks like my lucks about to run out .
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Had that happen a couple of weeks ago but a handfull of rocks took care of the situation Im bettin they werent laughin so hard bout the time they hit that new paint.
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Old 06-23-05, 08:59 PM   #17
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Careful guys, we do not want to ruturn acts of maliciousness with acts of maliciousness...

(Just take a paintball gun and blow out a few windows... much messier )

Remember that the driver could very well file charges against you, or even worse run you off the road or hit you (has happened twice to me!)
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Careful guys, we do not want to ruturn acts of maliciousness with acts of maliciousness...

(Just take a paintball gun and blow out a few windows... much messier )

Remember that the driver could very well file charges against you, or even worse run you off the road or hit you (has happened twice to me!)

An eye for an eye. isn't that what you SDA preach?
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I once had a car pull up along side me and the passenger reached out and started to punch my leg a few times. They were driving a small pickup truck. Thanks to a redlight, I was able to catch up to them in a parking lot where they proceeded to drive right at me. I picked up a good size rock and threw it into the side of the passenger door. Little teenage #*&$s really *#$$&% me off.
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An eye for an eye. isn't that what you SDA preach?
I do not consider myself SDA... even though I go to an SDA school (how would you know I go to an SDA school?)
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Some kids told me once that paintballs work with a wrist-rocket, you know, those slingshots, and those fold up and are easy to carry. You can learn some interesting things from teenagers on BMXs sometimes.
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I was out riding tonight on a 2 lane (1 lane in each direction) deserted road. I had just finished coming up a steep hill and I was on a straight-a-way when I saw a car in the distance behind me. For some reason I wanted to switch to the other side of the road where there was a paved shoulder (not a sidewalk) to ride on. So Iím riding along and all of a sudden the car that I saw behind me in the distance swerved over to the opposite side of the road, came within inches of hitting me, then he swerved back to the correct side of the road.

I was really f**king pissed off, and for good reason! The a**hole swerved over to the opposite side of the road just to do that! I started to peddle faster and tried to follow him down a street that he turned off on to, but obviously him being in a car, and myself being on a bike, he was gone.
Maybe that's his way of saying 'stay on the correct side of the road, goddamnit; it's difficult enough to see/avoid bikers as is!' Though he chose a poor method of communication.
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It also might have been unintentional. It's known as the "moth effect" I believe, where a fatigued driver will focus on something, then subconciously drive toward it. Countess highway accidents have been blamed on this, as it causes drivers to strike disabled vehicles on the side of the road. Even police cars making traffic stops have been struck.

I had it happen to me in central PA, when an elderly woman driving in the opposite direction came across the road, forcing myself and my riding partner onto the grass. She swerved away at the last second, but you could tell by her reaction that she had "snapped out of it" and it was not intentional.

Good thing you weren't hit.
I don't buy in to that **** one bit, Moth Effect? ugh!
It is astonishing to me how humans (Americans especially) will fight tooth and nail to find/pull out of their arses a scientific reason to explain stupidity.
And don't get me started on that ADHD crap

People do have a tendency to drift towards their octical fixation, but not clear across a damned road, a few feet maybe.
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Old 06-26-05, 08:00 PM   #24
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Likely the guy was trying to make his point. Just had a heated argument with one of these road hogs while sitting in the sauna yesterday at the gym. Two "spin class" buddies and I were talking about my daily commute (16 miles each way) and this road hog jumped into the conversation to let me know how he takes great pleasure at coming as close to those "stupid cyclists that ride the line" as he can because they shouldn't be riding the line. I reminded him that the law says that cyclists have a right to as much of the road as they need to ride safely and that vehicles are to pass with 3 ft clearance. He told me that he thought the law was stupid and that its only design was to keep the vehicle driver from "filling out paperwork" after an accident. At that point, my spin buddies and I told him he was an as* and that we would prefer him to leave the sauna. He did, but I lost a lot of faith in the human race after meeting him.
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In Australia I had a guy in a car cross over to the bike way (wrong direction) with fist out trying to hit me. This was on the Gold Coast which is a city known for it's road rage against cyclists. There are many stories there about cyclists being attacked. Very sad when many top riders come from the Gold Coast including Robbie McEwan. There have even been two professional riders killed by dead sihts there.
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