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Old 10-01-06, 01:33 PM   #1
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Almost killed a pedestrian yesterday

I was on a one-lane two-way street - there were parked cars on either side, and one lane open in either direction. I was riding slightly left of the center of the right-hand lane, doing about 20 mph (slight downhill). No cars were in front or behind me. Suddenly a woman walked out from between parked cars right in front of me, looking the wrong way! I yelped and rock-dodged around her with about an inch to spare - I heard her gasp when I entered her field of vision (at which point I had already passed her).

Good god was I rattled afterwards! She's lucky to have her ribs intact, and I my head. Some people really need to increase their brain-activity-to-walking-pace ratio, especially if they're from countries where people drive on the left!
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Old 10-01-06, 02:50 PM   #2
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This is more common than you imagine riding anywhere close to a downtown area. People step off curbs, out between cars, into traffic without looking. They're all jaywalking at any rate.
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Wait til you are dropping a hill at 40+ and a car pulls out in front of ya! Talk about an adrenaline rush!
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