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Old 11-09-19, 04:07 PM
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Club vs kid

Iíll describe this incident for your consideration. (Street names included for those familiar with the area). I was driving south on Cherry Lane, into the low sun, approaching the CC Canal trail crossing. Iím always very careful here. On my right, getting ready to cross was a kid on a bike, maybe about 12 years old. So I stopped. Then I saw coming toward me a large group of cyclists, maybe about 25. The kid seemed confused so I stayed stopped. The lead cyclist was calling out something. She turned to her right onto the trail and the pack followed her. After they passed the kid and I stayed still for a few seconds and then he crossed. And I went on my way.

Thinking about this now I am really angry about that group of riders. Firstly, that pack had turned onto the path at speed that was very likely full of all kinds of pedestrians and other slow moving people. What were they thinking on a Saturday afternoon?Secondly, that kid on his bike got blown off by these ďprosĒ and it wasnít a positive experience. I hope he got home all right.
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What's traffic signal or control does the trail crossing have? Streetview makes it look like a HAWK signal. Did the kid have the flashing lights? If not he may not have been ready to cross. In this case, the cycling group was fine to proceed into the intersection to make their turn. I usually refrain from judging cyclist speed as a pedestrian, because even low-speed looks very fast when stationary or moving at 2-3 mph on foot.

Was the path full of pedestrians and other slow moving people?

Here we have the Silver Comet where intersections are signalized with regular stoplights, hit the button and wait XX seconds for the change. Cyclists and pedestrians are not allowed to cross the roadway unless they are given the green walk signal, and motorists have a red light. Often motorists who have a clear green will stop and attempt to direct cyclists or pedestrians to cross against the signal.
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glad you helped the young rider figure out what to do, meaning, just stay put & let the group ride thru
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Maybe the kid will be inspired by the group's bicycles and speed? Or, maybe the kid didn't think much about the encounter once the group passed?

The good thing is the kid seems to have recognized that bigger and faster (a car or group of riders) should be approached with caution.
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