Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Port Jefferson Station, NY
Bikes: Raleigh Cadent FT2 - GT Avalanche 2.0 - Walmart POC - Motobecane Elite Fat Bike
For lack of a better term, I'm assuming all of the incidents I posted in the first post were people riding bikes, not cyclists.
I'd really like to get some statistics of accidents involving cyclists who are wearing appropriate clothing/colors, using lights, obeying traffic laws, not wearing ear phones and using a helmet. I'm sure those kinds of people have FAR fewer accidents then people just out for a stroll.
I'm a mailman. About 9 years ago I was delivering when a little girl with training wheels came pedaling from behind me and passed me. This was in a residential section with almost NO traffic. She passed me, nothing wrong with what she did but she kept on pedaling towards the intersection about 200' ahead of me. That intersection has a stop sign if I was going straight, but the cross street has no stop sign. Cars can drive right through. Again, not a real problem if everyone follows the laws. The thing is, as you are approaching the stop sign you are met with bushes on the side of the road that really sheild your view from the cars crossing your path. This little girl just pedaled right through the stop sign and continued through the intersection. If a car was coming the other way then she would have been toast, no question about it.
I just got home from work 30 minutes ago. There was a guy in his early 20's riding a skateboard up ahead of me. He was going the same way I was but he was on the other side of the busy, one lane each way road. As I got closer to him he crouched down on the skateboard like a baseball catcher would as he was rolling. A car could have easily come from his left side at the intersection he was passing. Again, bushes blocking him from a car and a car from him especially since he was crouched down. Oh, wearing headphones too.