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Bad Left turn in front of traffic this morning

Old 07-29-08, 09:02 AM
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Bad Left turn in front of traffic this morning

I made a bad decision this morning, I was waiting at a light where I usually get the arrow when there is a car behind me. I looked in my mirror and saw a car, right where one always has to be to trip the arrow, so when the light turned green I turned left, right in front of a car. Luckily I was not hit, and the car just blew the horn, so I thought to myself was the arrow on? As I thought of it I realized the left turn arrow was not, kind of how you rewind something and see it on tape, I knew I had only seen the green circle, and not the arrow that is usually below it. This led me to another thought- When an accident between a car and a bicycle is the car's fault, usually the cyclist gets hurt, When an accident between a car and a bicycle is the bicycle's fault, usually the cyclist gets hurt. It's a lose lose situation.

Just wanted to come clean, I'll point out when cars do dangerous things, I was guilty this morning, luckily the person stopped, and it wasn't all that close, but it could have been much much worse.

Be safe, and happy pedaling.

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Old 07-29-08, 09:10 AM
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Yea, I've done other similarly boneheaded maneuvers. If it disrupts someone I try to give them the, "Oops, I'm a ****** and I'm sorry" look. But I doubt it makes a difference.

What bothers me is, That "safety" cars have when dealing with cyclists makes the more confident, and more rude. Five bucks says if they were walking down the street, and saw you on the rode, that same person wouldn't say a word.

It's also amazing how uneducated people are about sidewalks and Cycles. vOv
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Old 07-29-08, 09:54 AM
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About a month ago I very slowly rolled a red light, much to the shock and dismay of the cross-street traffic.
I was going up the hill right in front of my office, after just leaving the parking lot. The light was green when I looked up, so I put my head down and hammered. Well, I should have taken a second look at the light, because it must have been yellow as I rolled over the white line, and very obviously red as I continued to make my way through the intersection.
No one seemed hostile about it (thankfully), but the guy waiting to make a right turn gave me a look that said "Son, just how stupid are you?"
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Old 07-29-08, 11:23 AM
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Yeah. I was so used to riding in a car when I started, I would see a light start to turn yellow and I would "Take off" if I was close to the stop bar. I forgot that it I don't really go that fast. As a result, all the cars sit there and wait for my idiot self to get out of the way.
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Old 07-29-08, 11:39 AM
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No harm, no foul. Lesson learned and you lived to ride another day.
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Old 07-29-08, 11:48 AM
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I have had the opposite happen to me-Now, when I drive my car, I stop when it turns yellow, like I would on my bike, without realizing that, since I am driving a car, and can safely do so, I can continue. This pisses off people behind me, but I find it amusing.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:53 PM
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Well, I thought it important that I acknowledge when I make a mistake on the bike. There are many people who will come here about an idiot move from a driver, and I have done that as well, but I'll own up to my own mistakes as well. I try to keep them to a minimum, but they will happen, that's just the law of averages catching up. I am still shocked as hell the light didn't trigger, only thing I can figure is the car rolled up too late to make the arrow activate.

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Old 07-29-08, 01:00 PM
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There's a point on my route where the MUP I ride comes out on the flat side of a T-intersection. There's a walk / don't walk sign, but no traffic light pointing that direction. I came up to the intersection with the don't walk flashing. To me, that means the light is about to turn yellow; then when don't walk goes solid, the light is yellow, you have five seconds to clear out. So I go bombing into the intersection. The sign goes to solid "don't walk", and immediately the cross street goes green. I think I hit mach 1 getting across there at that point! (I later realized that since the walk sign is for crossing from the top of the T, there is NO green light in any direction at that time.) I don't try to out run the flashing don't walk at that intersection anymore.
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