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Old 10-04-14, 11:34 AM
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I had quite a scare last night

I was on my way home from my job last night (driving my car) and had just pulled onto my street when I almost hit a kid on his bike; I missed him by a few inches. He was wearing dark wash jeans, a black hoody pulled up over his head because it was misting and cold, and his bike was black with no reflectors or lights. I saw the silver pedals on his bike at the last minute. I pulled over to make sure he was ok and luckily the only thing wrong was a little adrenaline rush for both of us. UGH!
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Old 10-04-14, 01:10 PM
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I've never appreciated the attraction of ninja cycling (either as a cyclist or a driver). Unfortunately, it appears to be very popular.

Glad you both escaped without anything more serious than elevated heart rates.
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Old 10-04-14, 01:50 PM
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Yeah riders-some of us-especially younger people
Think "I can see him just fine ,so he can see me"
They have no idea they are essentially invisible
Glad it worked out-pure luck of course.
I wonder if the young person will take his close call to heart?
And current lights-are soooo good sooo cheap
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Old 10-04-14, 02:06 PM
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I was a ninja for years. I just had no way of understanding how "un-seen"(?) I was. I think that is still the issue with lots of riders, they assume cars headlights light them up perfectly well and don't realize how invisible they really are. I don't know how to educate people on this issue. I think it takes unfortunate instances like the O.P.s to make people realize the danger of their ways.
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Originally Posted by redbaybound View Post
I was on my way home from my job last night (driving my car) and had just pulled onto my street when I almost hit a kid on his bike; I missed him by a few inches. He was wearing dark wash jeans, a black hoody pulled up over his head because it was misting and cold, and his bike was black with no reflectors or lights. I saw the silver pedals on his bike at the last minute. I pulled over to make sure he was ok and luckily the only thing wrong was a little adrenaline rush for both of us. UGH!
Did you take advantage of the situation to explain to him that had he not been dressed, and had he had a couple of cheap lights on his bike as well as the refelctors that orginally came with his bike he wouldn’t have had such a close call?

Also if you know this child and his parents I’d suggest a visit and conversation with them letting them know how close they came to lossing their child, and that it could have been prevented.
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People who ride without lights aren't rebelling. They just don't know how dumb it is. Luckily, consciousness is increasing rapidly. Use of bike lights is rising sharply lately. And lights have improved a lot lately, too.
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One of the dangerous encounters I occasionally had was when a dark ninja salmon suddenly appeared in front of me. I could not have seen him earlier because either he just emerged from behind a parked truck or I just made a turn onto "his" street. (So it's important for me to use front light, so that at least he could see me even if I didn't see him)

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Old 10-04-14, 09:32 PM
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I told him that he gave me quite a scare and that because of where he was in relation to my car, I couldn't see him. I suggested that he get a light or at least some reflective strips on his bike.
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That's when I started using lights - when I almost hit a Ninja late at night a couple decades ago while driving. I bought lights for my bike before my next night-time ride.
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I actually never used lights myself until I almost ran into someone on a bike path, who also wasn't using any lights. When I saw how "blended in" that cyclist was with the background, I realized it applied to me too. Until we were about 6 feet apart, I had no idea anybody was there.
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When I lived in an urban area, it was never really a problem(for me anyway), it was when I moved to Amish country in PA and having a few things happen in a very short period of time, I was able to come to the realization that I am blending in too well for my own good. When an early morning newspaper delivery guy told me I am all but invisible, I learned the error of my ways and lit up like a 737 from that day on. I am very lucky nothing more serious happened than what did. So, I don't think people do it on purpose, they have just been lucky enough to escape an undesirable event, but that usually changes when that luck runs out.
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Originally Posted by vol View Post
One of the dangerous encounters I occasionally had was when a dark ninja salmon suddenly appeared in front of me. I could not have seen him earlier because either he just emerged from behind a parked truck or I just made a turn onto "his" street. (So it's important for me to use front light, so that at least he could see me even if I didn't see him)
Sadly if we stop and think about it's not just our fellow cyclists who are guilty of dressing in dark colored clothing after dark. I have lost count of the number of times that I've been surpirsed by another pedestrian coming out of the shadwos.
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I told him that he gave me quite a scare and that because of where he was in relation to my car, I couldn't see him. I suggested that he get a light or at least some reflective strips on his bike.
How did he take your concern? As I said, if you know the kid and/or his family I still think that a chat with his family might not be a bad idea. As if they realize how close they came to losing their child that might be enough to wake them up.
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Not sure if he really heard me. All I got was an "Oh, ok." I unfortunately don't know the kid. It's possible he didn't want to be seen; we've had quite a few petty thefts and car break ins recently in our area.
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