dumbass on Queensboro Bridge
NYC, not that it matters. Coming down the Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge, the final segment is pretty steep. Maybe 10 degrees? More? Enough so I can hit 25 mph without effort. I am very slow going up the bridge, so if I pass someone they're probably going the other way. Down I'm better.
I get passed by one fairly serious biker on the way up, nice bike, blinding clothes. We'll call him Serious. A little later I get passed by another serious biker, nice bike, blinding clothes. We'll call him Dumbass.
I actually got passed by quite a few bikes, but those two to turn up a bit later in the story.
The bottom of the bridge ends in a hairpin turn, and there is an unofficial opening where bikes and pedestrians can get out at the side of the hairpin. So it's a confusing mess of bikes and pedestrians coming in, going out, and crossing with that side opening.
I have this rule - I do not pass going down that final segment, it's too fast and there is that nice hairpin at the end. Sort of like having the caution flag raised. Dumbass clearly doesn't follow this obvious rule and apparently had to pass the other serious biker for some reason.
So as I get to the bottom, I see Serious lying on his back, with a few of the other bikers checking out how he is. Dumbass is explaining to Serious how he's sorry, and he always passes on the left. Dumbass was passing him approaching this hairpin turn and clearly hit him.
I guess I just don't understand this need to pass everyone else. Do it going UPHILL at least. I can go as fast as anyone else going downhill.
I think Serious was ok. He wasn't moving, just lying flat on his back though. No blood obvious, and luckily everyone has cellphones so folks were calling for help.
Slow down on those downhills folks.