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View Poll Results: In the last 30 days did you have a near miss/close call with a motorist
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Old 09-25-09, 05:38 PM   #1
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blind motorists

Second close call in a week. Almost got ran over by a left turning cager on Monday, and today almost got ran over where the MUP is crossing a street (I had a green light - not that that matters). Each time I was probably only several inches away from getting hit.

Since I am still somewhat new to this whole commuting thing I thought I put this poll out.

In the last 30 days, did you had a near miss/close call with a motorist?
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Old 09-25-09, 07:22 PM   #2
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Yep, got buzzed by a city pickup pulling a large trailer. I'm guessing the driver was upset I was on the road, and when he passed me the trailer came within a foot of hitting the front of my bike. *sigh*
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Old 09-25-09, 08:01 PM   #3
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You realize that if you voted "no", you just jinxed yourself real real bad, dontcha?
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Old 09-25-09, 08:03 PM   #4
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You realize that if you voted "no", you just jinxed yourself real real bad, dontcha?
that would explain the poor response rate on I've gotten so far
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I had someone make a right turn in front of me of the way home today.
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Old 09-25-09, 10:20 PM   #6
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I have been getting buzzed quite a bit. Then again I am recovering from a cold and mildly short tempered.
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Old 09-25-09, 10:50 PM   #7
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I voted "Yes" even though I can't recall anything specific, it happens quite a bit, I guess.
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Old 09-26-09, 12:17 AM   #8
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This evening, I made a left turn on green. Some guy was pulling out of a parking spot and he never saw me. I had to veer completely into the oncoming lane to avoid getting hit by his front bumper which crossed the double yellow by about 2 feet. This was at about 5:45pm. After that, I turned on my flashing front lights.
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Maybe not every day, but as a minimum every other day. Of course where I live the mentality is, "If I get there first I have the right of way". People see me, they just don't care.
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How close are we talking?

My commute is about 6 miles, and I'd say there's an average of 2 instances a day where someone pulls out without looking, or with disregard to a bike as a vehicle, and I have to slam on the brakes. Then there are the cases where someone makes a really stupid/reckless move, damn near kills me, and I'm screaming obscenities at them as they drive away, which occur roughly once a week on average.
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Old 09-26-09, 07:07 AM   #11
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I could vote "no" regardless of the time frame. I've got close to 19000 miles in 5 years and still nothing I'd call a close call.
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how about a "not sure" option? Last Saturday I went for a long ride that took longer than I expected. I was riding on the shoulder of a rural road after dark w/2 rear blinkies, a fairly bright headlight, reflective sash/ankle straps. An SUV passes, and when they were about 20 feet in front of me they started honking in an obnoxious manner. So I have 3 notions as to what happened: 1)obnoxious ignorant cager acting out
2)didn't like how bright my front light was
3)didn't notice me until after passing
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I've got close to 19000 miles in 5 years and still nothing I'd call a close call.
Wow! I need come over to Michigan to spend a week with you and just see what you're doing... seems I could learn a lot from you.
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Yesterday I was out behind a bus and there was a car, in the the oncoming traffic, waiting to make a left turn. Right as the bus clears half of the intersection the driver begins her left turn even though I'm right there in the middle of the intersection! She missed my rear wheel by I don't know how much. I just remember looking over my side to see what she was doing and seeing the whole front end of the car
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I assume all drivers are idiots, whether I'm driving or pedaling. So I use a lot of "defensive driving" tactics and mentality while on the road. As a result, I am usually pleasantly surprised, over and over again. Most drivers see me before we're close enough for eye contact. I run my rear blinkie even during daylight, so that I will not "disappear" in shadows. My rearview mirror also helps me to predict a lot of moves and get out of the way when I'm really too slow for the flow of traffic.

I also live in an area where bikes seem to go anywhere and everywhere, day or night, legally or illegally. Drivers are accustomed to watching for bikes, even when they seem to appear out of nowhere. ...They tend to notice and respect me, since I generally follow the rules and act in a predictable manner.

I've had no major close calls with cars, but I have had a few minor aggravations over the years.
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Wow! I need come over to Michigan to spend a week with you and just see what you're doing... seems I could learn a lot from you.
Drivers are just really nice around here. Plus, my route is almost all rural. Hardly any intersections, and even when I do cross them, there's often nobody there.
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Nothing really close, but it does make me crazy when I could swear they looked me straight in the eye before pulling out in front of me. Doesn't happen much, but I have the benefit of being on a military installation wear safety is the mantra.
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A pickup truck swerved towards me and gunned his engines on a suburban street with a very wide lane today. Then he returned to his prior lane position and continued going straight so it was not a question of him trying to right hook me. The lane was almost wide enough for 2 cars to drive side by side. I was MYOB 3 ft from the right gutter. Visibility was excellent. Not a close call but very irritating.

I have had some near misses where the driver came within a foot of me turning L in front of me while I had right of way crossing at a 4-way stop on a wide arterial road, but not recently. At least those were not due to malice.
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I'd say I almost never have an actual close call, and really can't remember the last one. I ride in an area where bikes in the actual road are somewhat rare, and spend much of my time near the center of the lane with hi vis clothing and flashing lights. Honks are common, (average once every ride or so?) but even the angriest motorists seem to treat me in a safe manner.

I did recently yell at a guy who appeared to be pulling out on me as he was yacking on his phone, because he kept creeping forward while I passed in front of him. He should have waited at a stop but was just being impatient. It never was what I'd call a close call though.
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Most recent, a little car decided to gun it past me on a 4 lane road, cut back infront of me, and brake to make the mandatory right we where both going to take, all less then 50 feet from the turn.


Buzzed by an SUV on a 5 lane (2 each way and a lane for turning) 40mph road that didn't want to go completely in the other lane to pass me. Managed to catch up to him about 10 blocks later as he parked at walmart, being confronted by a pissed off 6'8" 230lb guy turned him pasty white. Informed him he committed a criminal offense, asked for an apology and a promise to be careful next time, since a life is worth the extra energy moving the wheel over 2" more requires.
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some dipstick on a vespa decided she has 2 wheels and was therefore a bicycle today. to avoid traffic she reved up and turned right into the bike lane missing myself and 2 other commuters by about a foot or less.

other than that, at least once a day there's an incident with a bad driver, angry bus driver behind on their schedule so they don't look before cutting over 2 lanes and a bike lane to the bus stop, or the every day narrow miss dooring. nothing i haven't learned to expect though.

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Old 09-27-09, 06:09 AM   #22
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Depends what you mean by a "close call". Riding in Boston, you're constantly close to cars, and omg they violate the sacred precincts of the bike lane (where there are bike lanes) all the time. And, goodness gracious, people turn in front of you too, and change lanes in front of you too, and jump the light and slide through on red. I've found that if you're alert to the possibilities, it's rarely necessary to do a panic stop or something like that. It's hard to call it a "close call" when you're used to being close and you can see it coming.
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