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Old 04-13-07, 09:43 PM   #1
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Ride on the RIGHT

ok i have gotten into the ss way of things recently, but my roots are in the freeride mountain bike scene. anyways, with that said i usually dont pay much attention to what side of the road to ride on, and yesterday i was cruising down the street by my house into on comming traffic direction. (wrong side?) and i came upon a side street that is usually pretty busy and it was busy today too. I slowed down to be cautious and came to the determination that both cars comming out of the street onto my street saw me. i continued to pedal my way through the intersection and the guy in an old beater honda decides only to look one way then accelerate. i was already half past his car and he plowed into my leg/ left crank arm. I felt really dumb and was late for work so i stood up, told him to open his eyes, but didnt grill him cause it was partially my fault. I later realized i should of gotten his info cause if was injured any worse than i was it would be good to have his info. but i got a free crank arm later that day so i wasnt stressed. anyways my eyes were opened to how easy it is to get hit and to keep in mind the rules of the road.

Well there you have it, my first bike/car collision.
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Old 04-13-07, 09:53 PM   #2
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partially your fault? 100% your fault IMO
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Old 04-13-07, 09:56 PM   #3
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all the way your fault - glad you're ok - travel with traffic bro
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how did you get a free crank arm
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Old 04-13-07, 10:16 PM   #5
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Going against traffic is for suckers and jerks. I'm also glad you're ok, but good god...please take a lesson with you from this. It's not only dangerous for you, but also for your fellow cyclists.
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Why would you ride against the traffic? He'd be let go, you'd be ticketed, if you reported it.
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Old 04-14-07, 07:05 AM   #7
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and the guy in an old beater honda decides only to look one way then accelerate
Oh, you mean he looked the one way that traffic SHOULD be approaching from?
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Old 04-14-07, 07:09 AM   #8
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I finished a long ride and decided to go to the store (in my car), for some liquid refreshment. I had to make a left turn into the store parking lot, on a road with quite a bit of traffic. I waited, with my signal, saw a hole and started to turn. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a bike heading into my path from behind. Yea, it's some dumbass riding his bike down the wrong side of the street. I almost hit him, had to slam on my brakes. NOBODY left turning is looking for traffic coming from the wrong direction! Pissed me off, because I ride tons, and people that ride like idiots give all riders a bad name. Glad you weren't hurt. get your head out of your ass.
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Oh, you mean he looked the one way that traffic SHOULD be approaching from?
I think this ends the thread...you effed up, learn from it, move on.
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this is why traffic moves on the right. move with the traffic, not against it.

and never trust dumbass drivers to not kill you.
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ya dumb lesson to learn. and ya the harsh names probably werent aproariate. Thanks anyways guys
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Old 04-14-07, 10:57 AM   #12
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I can't say that I never go the wrong way, I cut up a lot of one way streets and such. But when i do, I never expect anything from cars and always ride as if they don't see me, because I'm the one breaking the rules, not them.

Only time I've ever been in an accident is when I was riding with traffic, following all the rules.

Just ride like your invisible and don't play chicken w/ an auto, you won't win.
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Old 04-14-07, 04:08 PM   #13
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anyways, with that said i usually dont pay much attention to what side of the road to ride on,
This is where the harsh words originate from.
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Old 04-14-07, 04:14 PM   #14
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and ya the harsh names probably werent aproariate.
Almost killing people because they are doing something stupid deserves some harsh words.
You might not like them, but they are appropriate.
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Almost killing people because they are doing something stupid deserves some harsh words.
You might not like them, but they are appropriate.
I agree harsh words are totally appropriate.

What's with describing the honda as an old beater .. are you implying b/c it was some crappy car it must be driven by some poor uneducated person that is below you? Glad you're ok but you're 100% at fault. If I was the driver, I would've taken your information down to get the tiny scratch off the car bumper fixed at your cost..
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Old 04-14-07, 08:36 PM   #16
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I still haven't found a state where it is legal to ride on the sidewalk or against traffic good luck good thing you weren't hurt and follow the rules they are there for a reason
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I agree harsh words are totally appropriate.

What's with describing the honda as an old beater .. are you implying b/c it was some crappy car it must be driven by some poor uneducated person that is below you? Glad you're ok but you're 100% at fault. If I was the driver, I would've taken your information down to get the tiny scratch off the car bumper fixed at your cost..
err.... to relieve the strrrrrreeeeetch... maybe the car was just an old beater.
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I disagree that the harsh words were called for.

There are ways to tell the OP that he was in the wrong without the names. What does calling him a "sucker" or saying he has his head in his ass accomplish? Yeah, he gave that driver a bad impression of cyclists, but we have all done that at one point or another. What's done is done and now he knows better.
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br995 rides on the left side of the road too. i saw him do it the other day.
wait..nevermind.
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br995 rides on the left side of the road too. i saw him do it the other day.
wait..nevermind.
You're such a jerk. I was trying to make it look like I was simply defending him.
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i cant believe someone went as far as to criticize my description of the car. Ok it was my bad and i see that now. i havent started commuting to work until recently and dont have the rules of biking set in stone in my head. I would of crossed the road earlier but in this circumstance iwas in a hurry to work and was trying to save time, so i didnt wait on the side of the road till it was clear. i was going to cross at the next opportune time. I live and learn.
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"http://www.youtube.com/v/4qp5tN2hbkk"

this says it all
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You're such a jerk. I was trying to make it look like I was simply defending him.
Haha. Endangering others doesn't call for harsh names, but calling you out does? I love it!
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Haha. Endangering others doesn't call for harsh names, but calling you out does? I love it!
Uh, yeah, see that little location thing under their names? It was a joke.
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I still haven't found a state where it is legal to ride on the sidewalk or against traffic good luck good thing you weren't hurt and follow the rules they are there for a reason
Here in TX (at least Austin) it is legal to ride on most sidewalks, just not downtown. I don't do it, but it is legal.

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16-8-22 BICYCLE RIDING ON SIDEWALKS.

(A) Except as provided in Subsection (B), a person may ride a bicycle on a sidewalk.
(B) A person may not ride a bicycle on a sidewalk on the following streets:

(1) 100-1100 blocks of Congress Avenue;
(2) 1900-2500 blocks of Guadalupe Street;
(3) 100-1100 blocks of Brazos Street;
(4) 200-1100 blocks of Colorado Street;
(5) from the 200 block of West 2nd to the 300 block of East 2nd Street;
(6) from the 900 block of West 5th to the 800 block of East 5th Street;
(7) from the 700 block of East 6th Street to the 1000 block of West 6th Street;
(8) from the 100 block of West 8th Street to the 200 block of East 8th Street;
(9) from the 100 block of West 9th Street to the 200 block of East 9th Street;
(10) from the 200 block of West 11th Street to the 200 block of East 11th Street; and
(11) from the 200 block of West 15th Street to the 200 block of East 15th Street.
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