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Have You Ever Hit a Cyclist in Your Car?

Old 03-20-15, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by snow_echo_NY View Post
do you mean did i pass her in the same lane? yes i did.

as for whether i was close, i would say there was two feet as it was one lane. it wasn't a secret though, other cars before mine were all passing her. she was aware there was a steady stream of traffic all funneling into a small space.

moving was slow for cars, i'm not sure why she didn't cycle faster, she certainly could have gotten herself out of that road with construction. maybe she was going slower and exercising due care. i'm not sure.
And that is exactly why I always control my lane on the bike, and always change lanes when passing a cyclist in my car. No exceptions. If it's a 2-lane road and it's not safe to pass, well then I'm gonna have to go the speed of the cyclist for a little bit. Oh well. If a car passes me on the bike in my lane, yeah I get pissed, too.
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Old 03-20-15, 08:30 AM
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Thru a comedy of errors, I managed to have a cyclist run into the vehicle I was driving once years ago. I was driving a company vehicle, turned on the street the office was on and saw a cyclist riding down the middle of the road. He was looking over his right shoulder (probably at somebody telling him to look out for me), drifting left into my lane, so I stopped and hit the horn. Turned out the horn didn't work, and I watched this guy (in all the glory of slow motion these things take on) roll into the front of the vehicle at about 5 miles per hour.
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Old 03-20-15, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
No, but I nearly doored one once. Really stupid thing to do especially for a cyclist like me, that was years ago and since then I made it a point to always look back before opening my door. And yes, I've been doored a couple of times myself.
when exiting driver-side, try opening your door with your right hand. it forces your body to move and your eyes to look and check if anyone's coming.

they implement this in driver's schools in Amsterdam (with a thriving bicycling culture) and it seems to work. not sure why they haven't done so here in the U.S.
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Old 03-20-15, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by RomansFiveEight View Post
So the little road leading out of my office has a nasty blind corner if someone parks there on the side of the road. It's illegal, there's a no parking sign, but people park there all the time. I was inching out slowly with my view completely blocked by this illegally parked car, and as my bumper inched past it I heard the screeching of brake pads on a rim. Didn't hit me or anything (that's why I was inching forward and not just pulling out blindly!) Worst part was the poor guy waved and said "Sorry man!", and I'm thinking, sorry for what!? He had the right of way! The whole experience made me so mad I put a note on the minivans window and called the local PD. Sure enough, when I got back from my errand, the van was being loaded onto a flatbed tow truck.
awesome story and end!
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Old 03-20-15, 10:36 AM
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Once, a sunny morning last fall.

Just turned right from one four lane street onto a busier six lane, had a straight-through car on my left and halfway to the next corner, a couple street guys on bikes carrying scavenged cans and bottles crossed our path from the alley on our left toward the alley on our right. I slammed on the brakes, the first rider got through, I hit the second at one or two mph he picked up his bike and bottle bag and rode off down the alley without once looking at me. Slightly slower reaction time or even worse brakes (I was driving my '47 Dodge at the time) and it could have been very bad.

X marks the spot.

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Old 03-21-15, 06:20 PM
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A cold, dark October morning a teenage paper boy wearing a hoodie. I saw him on the left of the roadway looking to cross the street only he never looked my way. I was already slowing and hit the brakes when he took off across the street. I braked hard and turned onto the shoulder when he saw me in time to slide on to the pavement and ditch his bike in front of my left bumper. His plastic front wheel was busted up. I stopped and got out. He picked up his bike and walked away with it. I had a scratch on the hood.

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Old 03-26-15, 08:32 AM
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Closest I've ever come was making a right turn on red at an intersection where a large building obscured the view looking right. No one was coming from the left, and there were no pedestrians, so I moved into the intersection...and nearly creamed the cyclist riding on the sidewalk on the wrong side of the road, who was about to enter the crosswalk.
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Old 03-26-15, 10:40 AM
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Nope. I think all my accidents have been with other autos or inanimante objects. I haven't caused one in about ten years, and only one really bad one about 20 years ago, touch wood.
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Old 03-26-15, 11:39 AM
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Yeah. there it is:

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Old 03-26-15, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Bamford View Post
Once, a sunny morning last fall.

Just turned right from one four lane street onto a busier six lane, had a straight-through car on my left and halfway to the next corner, a couple street guys on bikes carrying scavenged cans and bottles crossed our path from the alley on our left toward the alley on our right. I slammed on the brakes, the first rider got through, I hit the second at one or two mph — he picked up his bike and bottle bag and rode off down the alley without once looking at me. Slightly slower reaction time or even worse brakes (I was driving my '47 Dodge at the time) and it could have been very bad.

X marks the spot.

Would that be considered a "get-hit-and-run" on the part of the cyclist?
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