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Old 09-12-07, 10:35 AM   #1
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What a morning..........

So not a half hour ago I was on my way to work cruising down Broadway and this jackass just pops out in front of his van headed for the driver side door. I didnt see him till the last second and didnt have time to swerve, so I just held on and shoulder checked him like it was the f-ing NFL, amazingly I didnt go down and it spun him around and slammed him into his van. It was right in front of a coffee shop and everyone started yelling and ****, I didnt stop or anything (had to get to work). There was a cyclist in front of me that was totally oblivious to the whole thing and a guy maybe ten yards behind me that I could hear laughing. I just dont get how the guy could see the first rider go by and still just walk out into the middle of the lane without looking, is wasnt like I was flying down the street or anything, I had just woke up and jumped on my bike.
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Old 09-12-07, 10:39 AM   #2
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That would have been a priceless helmet-cam video! He probably just woke up and jumped in that van too. Bet he'll look around next time, though.
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In Madison, WI, one of the major one-ways has a contra-flow curb lane for bicycles. Due to construction, the sidewalk on that side is blocked off, so pedestrians ignore all the "NO PEDESTRIANS" signs and walk in the bike lane. I used to ride through there at full speed yelling "this is not a sidewalk". The point of this setup is that I shoulder checked somebody one time. I didn't see them go down, but I was sore for the rest of the day, so I assume they were too.
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I just LOL'd
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In Madison, WI, one of the major one-ways has a contra-flow curb lane for bicycles. Due to construction, the sidewalk on that side is blocked off, so pedestrians ignore all the "NO PEDESTRIANS" signs and walk in the bike lane. I used to ride through there at full speed yelling "this is not a sidewalk". The point of this setup is that I shoulder checked somebody one time. I didn't see them go down, but I was sore for the rest of the day, so I assume they were too.
When people are walking in bike lanes/roads near perfectly clear sidewalks I enjoy slowing down to their pace and ask saying "Sidewalk? No? That's cool." You get some interesting reactions.
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The point of this setup is that I shoulder checked somebody one time. I didn't see them go down, but I was sore for the rest of the day, so I assume they were too.
Yeah Im hurtin' a little bit, and there is a little spot of smeared blood on my shoulder.....and its not mine
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That's pretty funny. I swerved into the road once when somebody pulled that move on me last week. I didn't have time to double check the traffic lane to make sure it was clear, I could have been hit/killed. Next time I guess a shoulder check is probably in order, just cause I don't want to get squished.
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This is why you need spikes on the front of your bike.

Or you could buy a car.
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i can't wait until the day comes that i have to shoulder check someone.
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This is why you need spikes on the front of your bike.
And you can mount some blades on the wheels, Ben Hur style. Carry a whip to use on your opponents.
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And you can mount some blades on the wheels, Ben Hur style. Carry a whip to use on your opponents.
I ran over a dog's tail once. I'm cruising along a bikeway that is forested on either side at a reasonable speed and out of nowhere pops some yuppie woman with her ipod, hand weights, and her dog on a leash "powerwalking" from a foot path that goes through the woods and connects with the bikeway. The woman does not even both to look. I screamed at her and she jumped, and turned--I tried to swerve but the was a bike coming the opposite direction, so the dog's tail got to meet my two wheels and it howled like no tommorrow.
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I ran over a dog's tail once. I'm cruising along a bikeway that is forested on either side at a reasonable speed and out of nowhere pops some yuppie woman with her ipod, hand weights, and her dog on a leash "powerwalking" from a foot path that goes through the woods and connects with the bikeway. The woman does not even both to look. I screamed at her and she jumped, and turned--I tried to swerve but the was a bike coming the opposite direction, so the dog's tail got to meet my two wheels and it howled like no tommorrow.
sorta not funny.
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Old 09-12-07, 02:52 PM   #13
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You didn't bother to see if the guy was alright? What a jerk.
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You didn't bother to see if the guy was alright? What a jerk.
That could probably be considered hit and run, besides being not so nice.
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sorta not funny.
what is running into a human being funny but running over the tail of some yuppie's purse pooch is not?
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a: his fault

b: on my way to work

c: dont really give a ****

d: his fault
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Old 09-12-07, 03:12 PM   #17
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That could probably be considered hit and run, besides being not so nice.
I was thinking the same thing. You want to have the same rights as a car on the road then you need to act like you would in a car. If the situation had been reversed - you were hit by a van and got bloodied up - you'd be lamenting on how lame cars are since you got hit.

You basically commited a hit and run.
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a: his fault

d: his fault
Doesn't really sound like it. Either way, though, you should have seen if he was ok. Now everyone who saw you do that thinks cyclists just go around knocking people over without caring, like a bunch of jerks.
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Who said anything about advocating rights? and as I said I was "cruising" maybe ten miles an hour and this guy walked into the middle of the street from behind a parked car, its not like he even hit the ground
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a: his fault

b: on my way to work

c: dont really give a ****

d: his fault
You are a vehicle. He is not. Not his fault (legally) and if there was a cop there, you would be in cuffs and not him. You cannot fault dumb people for being dumb,.... they can't help it,.... they're dumb. But to hit a guy, hard, and not see if they are OK probably says a little to much about your own character.
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The dog story is funny as hell.
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Somewhere on a car forum a driver is talking about how funny his morning drive was, how he needed to tap a biker because he couldn't see him in time, but the guy shouldn't have been in the middle of the road anyway so he's not too worried about the bit of blood on the fender. Too busy to stop of course.

White van hit a cyclist here this morning, couldn't be bothered to stopped. Pretty funny if you ask me
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running over the tail of some yuppie's purse pooch
even worse is when these ******bags "walk" their dogs around town without a leash. last night, during our community bike ride.. a BIG dog turned from its owner and jetted out right in front of me in the street. i was watching the dog though and was able to swerve.

anyone who has ever hit a dog (in car or bike) knows how super bad it feels. driving home late one night, a friend hit and killed an Irish Setter who ran out into the street in front of us. we were f()cking devastated afterwards and every now and then i still think about it.

can't imagine what it would be like to hit another person.
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I understand the moral issue here, but the physical comparison of me hitting someone skin to skin versus a car running someone over seems a little far fetched
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give this guy a brake!

i gave some ******* walking in the bike lane a pat on the back this morning. he nearly **** his pants. he screamed like a girl...mustve thought he was about to die by getting hit by a car....
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