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Old 02-06-06, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by teiaperigosa
I almost took out this lady while heading high speed down a winding curvy descent just now. She looks up at me for a second, and then decides to RUN into the street with her head down.

I usually yell "heads up" that works pretty well. "on your left/right" or "ding ding ding" if I'm on a path.

I don't ride that fast in tight situations most of the time, so they usually have time to figure it out. today I had to yell @ two people, one was a jaywalking kid and the other was a woman walking in front of my house with her head down. I wasn't out of control as one poster suggested.

t.p, your situation sounds pretty typical. I like the "make them dance" idea. have to try that sometime. its pretty frustrating when you are making great progress and some zombie strolls into your path. glad you didn't hit her.

I hit a guy once in a crosswalk, my fault, left a tire track on his chinos. others I know have fared worse, separated shoulders, broken noses, etc. I almost got hit in boston, I was jaywalking...guy on a SS/FG was splitting traffic. I jumped back. shoulda seen the look on his face. it was early, I was a bit hung over...
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Old 02-06-06, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by genericbikedude
If you cant stop on a dime (or say, 3ft) without brakes, going downhill, while drunk, THEN YOU NEED TO GET ONE!
When I'm going downhill, without brakes, and drunk, it usually takes a bit more than 3 ft. for me to stop. More like 3 cars, trees, or walls.
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Old 02-06-06, 06:08 PM
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I ran over a guys' briefcase once. I don't know why he was surprised to see me riding down the stairs behind him. He freaked, screamed like a little girl, dropped the case right in front of me. I couldn't avoid the case without some sort of on-stair endo (that I was not willing to do at the time) so I went straight over it. Fake aluminum jobie cuz it crushed..... How many of you have felt their clothing brush yours? Be honest...
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Old 02-06-06, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by genericbikedude
If you cant stop on a dime (or say, 3ft) without brakes, going downhill, while drunk, THEN YOU NEED TO GET ONE!
3 feet of braking distance sounds very optimistic in that situation even with two brakes.
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Old 02-06-06, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by visitordesign
i don't know. if yr talking about the OP, i disagree. i think tei is right and that his post was well reasoned and fair. he didn't aim for her.
no, I'm talking about the mindset of cyclists like RVAbiker. I mean who the **** is a person to rag on pedestrians. EVERYBODY is a pedestrian at least once a week. I mean do you guys not lock up your bike then WALK down the sidewalk to a building. and maybe even crossing a street? I use a crosswalk every time I go out, just not on my commutes.
And it's pretty hypocritical for a cyclist (Not saying they on this board) to talk **** about peds when so many riders do stupid **** and disturb motorists just as much as peds disturb us. I mean, it seems we are all sick of motorists hassling cyclists and of the "driver vs. cyclist" mentality right? So why do some cyclists harbor a "cyclist vs. pedestrian" mentality? Personally I support pedestrians. One less car, even if it is replaced by a car or bike and even if the pedestrian is a motorist at other times, they still chose to walk rather than drive.
I also think that we can take other options rather than venting anger at pedestrians. Most peds probably were in driver's ed. Why not push Driver's Ed programs to have a stronger focus on cyclists. It would help alleviate the car vs. bike mentality and peds would be more aware of bikes AS a vehicle, something that a ped should look out for.
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Old 02-06-06, 06:43 PM
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I almost ran into a dad crossing the street with a group of little kids. I stopped at the stop sign then proceeded to go through because it was my turn and this moron walks off the curb holding all these kids hands and just because he doesnt see a car refuses to pay attention. Im yelling "HEADS UP" as loud as I can and this idiot still doesnt look. Finally he pulls his head up and I come inches from running into these kids. I couldnt swerve into the other lane because there was oncoming traffic. So as I pass by this moron tries to grab my arm and pull me off my bike. I was the one obeying traffic laws, not him.
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Old 02-06-06, 06:51 PM
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I passed behind a ped the other day who darted out in front of me. I passed pretty close but not close enough to for it to be a problem. He turns and our conversation is as follows:

Jaywalker: Watch it!
Me: Did I hit you?
Jaywalker: ***hole!
(I stop)
Me: Did I hit you?
Jaywalker: ******!
Me: Whoa, that's original.
Jaywalker: Get a real job.
Me: (thinking he's probably right) Have a nice day.

I rode away. I've gotten pretty tired of people telling me to get a real job.
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Old 02-06-06, 06:59 PM
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If a peds in the crosswalk, hell.... I'll stop.... I will not buzz a ped in the right. Bad Karma.
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Old 02-07-06, 12:31 PM
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i have a tenedancy to yell the most absurd crap, this way they just stop and have to think about wtf is going on and i can just keep moving.
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Old 02-07-06, 12:38 PM
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it's amazing how many people just walk out without looking. i guess they're relying on their sense of hearing to determine if a car is coming up?? not sure. but sometimes i watch peds as they drift into the street and quite often they don't even give a glance left or right. i couldn't imagine being that oblivious.
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Old 02-07-06, 12:45 PM
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I know ..... I can bob and weave through traffic on foot missing the cages by an inch, never once getting in anyone's way. it's simply not difficult, I swear some of these people either have death wishes or are lookin for some time off work.
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Old 02-07-06, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MasterHalco
I passed behind a ped the other day who darted out in front of me. I passed pretty close but not close enough to for it to be a problem. He turns and our conversation is as follows:

Jaywalker: Watch it!
Me: Did I hit you?
Jaywalker: ***hole!
(I stop)
Me: Did I hit you?
Jaywalker: ******!
Me: Whoa, that's original.
Jaywalker: Get a real job.
Me: (thinking he's probably right) Have a nice day.

I rode away. I've gotten pretty tired of people telling me to get a real job.
it's great when people won't answer your question. the answer was probably no, or he'd have said "yeah, you stupid ****" or something. man. it's also great when people, total strangers make assumptions about your sexual orientation and employment status.
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Old 02-07-06, 01:07 PM
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So I was driving my car around last night looking for a spot (alternate side of the street parking is the devil's work) and I lost count of the number of people that stepped out between cars, not looking towards traffic to see if the street was clear, their heads down and pretty much walking right in front of moving cars. I really have no idea how they can do something so stupid.
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Old 02-07-06, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Ready to Ruck
no, I'm talking about the mindset of cyclists like RVAbiker. I mean who the **** is a person to rag on pedestrians.
Cyclists have every right to complain about lemming peds;in the event of a collision,we'll be hurt just as bad as they will,maybe even worse. Plus there's the cost of repairing/replacing the bike. Jaywalking is not only dangerous,it's lazy. Crosswalks are there for a reason.
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I almost became road kill last night. I was running late for 24 at my girl's place (thank god for Tivo), and i'm cruising up to this red light. I see a monster SUV coming, and he has a green, so I slow down and pull towards the line. He pulls his wheels hard left to turn (no blinker), and this cock sucking mother ****ing ******bag **** rag decides to cut the corner soo close he almost hits the car that's parked to the right of me. So i slam on the pedals and turn my wheel hug the hood of the car he almost clipped, and his front bumper clears my rear wheel by about 6 inches. If I didn't move I would've been plowed over. I hear the guy rolling down his window and I turn to give chase and get his plate number, but he saw me, slammed on the gas and took off down Ave. C toward Houston. I deicided to let it go and go get some good lovin instead of revenge. I came seriously close to dying last night, and was still a little shaken up by the time I got to the girl's.
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damn. yeah, what a ******. glad you're okay. i'd be shaken up, too.

on a side note...tivo?! 24?! heh...dork.
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Old 02-07-06, 01:40 PM
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so I was out for a ride with some other bf members last wednesday night (wangster, blind robert, chombo, dirty cookie and evanyc), and as we're riding around I kinda frantically asked what time it was, only to realize that it was a repeat episode of Lost, and it didn't matter.

but those are the only tv shows I really try and watch, because well ... i'm nice like that.
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Old 02-07-06, 01:45 PM
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wait... you ended up at the left hand curb?

so if you hadn't freaked out and just stuck to yer line she would be over there and you'd be happily on the good side of the street...
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i think the car was coming from his right, made a left hand turn really tight up against him, with another (parked car) to his right and not a lot of room to go anywhere else...

did i read that right?
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nope ... I was riding in my lane, which is on a two way Ave. I come up to the light, about 3 feet away from the parked cars, which are on my right. I pull up to the line that marks where cars and other vehicles have to stop because there was a guy flying down the perpendicular street (going from right to left) and I didn't want to play tag with his bumper. He's coming up to the light and decides to make a left, without using his blinker. He cuts the corner really close and almost hits the front left corner of the parked car on my right hand side. As he's approaching I realize he's coming right for me and if I went left I'd be more centered in his grill, and right I'd have hopefully some protection from the parked car. I chose correctly and as I hugged the parked car, he sped by on my left.

edit: humancongareel got it.
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Originally Posted by gally99
wait... you ended up at the left hand curb?

so if you hadn't freaked out and just stuck to yer line she would be over there and you'd be happily on the good side of the street...
it was a windy descent, and I never stick to the right hand side curb, so it was more like I started out a little right of the middle yellow...

and, no, I wasn't gonna swerve toward (nor into)the right hand curb (when my turn was going left), when the 'oblivion lady' jumped right in front of me. She took a pause, and started running again, that's why I ended up on the left side
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my comment was directed at teiaperigosa, not mrred...

my point was that while the lady could have not been an idiot and actually looked towards on coming traffic before stepping into the street, it sounds like teiaperigosa ****zed as well, and could have slowed down, or even just stuck to his line and everything would be dandy...
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the worst is peds on bikes. i was riding up 18th (i think) approaching market with traffic, parked cars to my left, and some fat chick on a mountain bike comes flying around the corner toward me right in to my line, and against traffic. she was so ****ing oblivious she didn't even see me hurdling toward her. luckily there was an open parking spot for me to duck in to to get out of her way. what kills me is not only does she have no idea that what she's doing is dangerous, but she didn't even notice me, so she has no idea how big an idiot she really is.
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closest call i ever had was having a car almost hit me head on. i was riding down a narrow 2way street there is a double parked car on the opposite side of the street, and as i'm coming up to it a guy in a car thats coming up behind the double parked car decides to go around him and guns it into my lane. if i was an inexperienced cyclist i would have been hit. i swirved just in time, scared the **** outta me though i must have been white. after that i try not to ride on friday and saturday nights, people drive nuts on weekend nights specially in the spring/summer.
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ooooh I hate it when they come from the side and all of a sudden BAM there they are right beside you ... I hate it when that s&*t happens. If I'm in the curb lane and someone wants over they don;t bother signaling or even looking beside them....a quick check of the mirror but never to see who might allready be there.
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