Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Red Lock Trail Head, Northfield Ohio
Bikes: Trek 1988-520 & 2003-7500, 2004 Specialized Allez Sport & Stumpjumper Comp
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Encounter With Bizarre Drivers
Had my 9yo out for a ride yesterday. Usually if I am without children I ride the parkways around here. All have paralelling Multi-Use-Trails, and since we are still working on his "Road" skills and awareness we were using the MUT, instead of the road. In all my years riding I have rarely seen this happen so yesterdays ride was even more bizarre in that it happened over and over and over again.
We did a 10 mile out and back crossing through 12 intersections. 3 of the intersections had the standard push the button wait for walk signals. It was the other 9 where the "incidents" happened that have left me dumb-founded.
We would pull up to the edge of the road to cross, and look both ways for cars coming. As the cars approached the intersections, they stopped and would not proceed until we had crossed safely in front of them. The cross roads had speed limits between 35-45 MPH, but these people would stop completely and wait for us to cross even though there were no stop signs or traffic lights regulating they do so. Sure there were a couple who didn't but I would estimate 75-80% of them did!!
I have always instructed my sons when we get to intersections NOT to trust the signals, the crosswalks or the drivers, and to be sure they look the drivers in the eyes to make sure the drivers knew they were there. But this just through me for a loop. If it had only happened once I would have been fine, PLUS they even stopped from both directions a couple of times. We both made sure to include a "thank-you" wave to the drivers who stopped.
With all my negative experiences with drivers, and all the posts I have read, I felt compelled to share yesterday's Bizarre experiences.