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Second near miss....(Or hit?)

Old 02-15-08, 09:12 PM
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Second near miss....(Or hit?)

As George Carlin says...it's not a near miss, it's a near hit.

In January I had a JAM with 1/2 inch of ice on his window run me off the road. My first near hit really despite riding for years.

Today (1 month later) I had another. 6:00 AM I was riding down a quiet back residential street approaching an intersection that T's into my street from the side. A car is approaching from my right. The car has a yield sign, but I know better than to trust this early morning commuter and so I slow down. I've learned that if side approachers don't see the really bright lights of car headlights they can easily ignore my 16w halogen and my front white LED blinker.

As expected, JAM blows the yield and turns to his left towards me (I'm now stopping short of the intersection). And now the problem. The JAM cuts the corner so tight he nearly hits me head on even though I'm only a few feet from the edge of the road. I see his confused face peering from his side window as I drag my bike sideways to the right and he passes by inches to my left.

Not liking these sleepy / lazy winter drivers!
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Old 02-15-08, 11:13 PM
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Yikes that sounds dangerous. I had a pretty alerting thing happen to me last night too. It's not quite the same in Miami, FL, where we don't have much of a Winter to deal with, but ******** drivers none the less. So I was going down this pretty quiet residential st when I saw a line of cars approaching me from the front. Ok, no problem they are in front of me, heading in my direction, in the opposite lane. There's no one behind me. The only possible thing that can cause this situation to be MY PROBLEM happens. There was a car all the way at the end that decided they didn't really feel like waiting for that line, so what does he do.. of course, he/she decides to swerve onto my lane accelerating like hell. So now we have an old school chicken fight between a car and a bike, I've been a bit too self righteous lately so I just stay in my right hand side of the lane. I look at the guy and say, go ahead, pass me but you're cutting it close. I don't know why I wasn't too scared about it, but he came pretty close when he passed me, I yielded a bit to my right just to be extra safe.

Anyways he passed and that was that. No damage, no collision, but cars in Miami like to pull that ****. It's not the first time, it almost doesn't even phase me. Anyways, safe driving in Detroit buddy!
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Glad you're ok.

The most dangerous part of my commute is the ~1.5 miles between the main road and my house (through a neighborhood). Cutting corners on turns, blowing stop signs, and don't even get me started on the roundabouts.

I see far less lazy driving on the arterials that make up the remainder of my commute, and generally feel as safe or safer there than I do on the "quiet side streets".
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As I said in another post, IMHO driving without having completely cleared your windshield, side windows, mirrors and headlights (at minimum) should be an automatic $1000 fine. What would be extra-sweet would be if they ruled that the cops could issue the fine based on citizen-submitted video showing the iced-up windows and the plate number (though of course usually the plate is totally obscured too).
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