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Old 11-18-15, 07:29 PM
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Inattentive driver CA 6XYG139

Welcome to my weekly near death experience blog.
Last week I posted a video of a Lexus SUV squeezing dangerously close to me while on a fast descent. So this Sunday a driver did a U-turn right in front of me so that I had to hit the calipers. This was a Toyota Highlander, Calif. 6XYG139.

Cars were lined up to pick up kids from school, and the sun was low in the sky, and I think the driver was blinded by the sun. I ride with a bright white blinker in front, but the sun offers tough competition. That environmental condition calls for extra caution, from me as well.

On the video you can see that I pause after the near miss. That was to let fly a couple expletives. Education for the kiddies.

https://youtu.be/wBebu4fui_s

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Old 11-18-15, 11:11 PM
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That's the exact same move some lady pulled on me Monday... I have to stick my gopro back on the bike! Only for me, it was dusk, I had a blisteringly bright head light, a reflective vest etc. Everybody's headlights were on, no chance she didn't see me, it was probably more of a miscalculation of how fast I was going (about 23 down a slight grade). I caught up to her at the light... texting. I can only hope she wasn't texting during her ridiculous u-turn maneuver.
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Old 11-19-15, 01:43 AM
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unexpected and dangerous for sure but better than a right hook. sun was likely a factor as you mentioned (judging from the length/position of your shadow)
but i am of the opinion that many drivers aren't very good at gauging the speed of oncoming traffic. can't tell you how many times i had elderly drivers pull out
right in front of me when i was going 45+ when living and driving (or cycling at a lesser speed) in the palm springs/palm desert area.
in la/orange county/san diego, it's happened to me a few times but none of those involved were elderly. i've always had exceptional vision and been able to easily
and quickly ascertain speed of oncoming traffic. never having had contacts, glasses or lesser vision, i don't know and can only speculate that it isn't the case for
everyone. add in the usual car-bound distractions and it's duck duck goose. let's be careful out there.
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Didn't look that close to me. I didn't see cars lining up to pickup kids.
Continue to be safe... ride on.
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Old 11-21-15, 06:52 PM
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No it wasn't panic-stop close. However had I been there a few seconds sooner the car might have caused serious injury to my bicycle.
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Old 11-21-15, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by trailangel
Didn't look that close to me. I didn't see cars lining up to pickup kids.
Continue to be safe... ride on.
The superwide angle lens on most small POV cameras makes everything look further away than it really is. For example my old Contour Roam has a 170-degree lens. I've gone to a Replay XD Prime X for several reasons, including the fact it has selectable FOV as narrow as 70 degrees so you have a much more accurate picture of what really happened, AND you can read license plates a lot easier.
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Originally Posted by lesiz
No it wasn't panic-stop close. However had I been there a few seconds sooner the car might have caused serious injury to my bicycle.
Can I blog about an inattentive cyclist?

I see a couple of shadow pedal strokes after the car was clearly pulling in front of the bike, and no attempt to slow down until the car was clearly across the bike's path.

As the car pulls towards the curb, I can't see any indication that the bike rider is looking back, and no hand signals to indicate that the bike is moving to the left in the lane. And the bike was still skimming pretty close to the car as it was moving towards the curb. I'd have ended up very close to the center line at that point.

Then, as the car pulls into the driveway, the bike apparently stopped in the middle of the road to look around.

I don't really see a big problem with the initial U-Turn. A little tight, but no risk of an accident.

I do, however, agree that he car moving off of the road (onto the shoulder/parking area), then moving back onto the road without looking back is a BIG PROBLEM. If they're going to do a U-Turn, then stay in the driving lane.

There was really no reason for that U-turn anyway. They just missed their destination.
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If there was a collision in this instance the police report would probably say the cyclist was traveling at an "unsafe" speed--which of course is a sort of catchall to be able to always blame the cyclist. My bike is has a flashing Thunderbolt on high and a really old guy (80+) turned left in right in front of me from a side street on Mercer Island WA last week. There was no adverse lighting conditions such as a low sun--I was going about 20 mph. I think a lot of drivers simply don't see a bike or think it possibly be going over 10-12 mph. I didn't bother trying to yell at the guy--sometimes there really nothing you can do.
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Originally Posted by SClaraPokeman
If there was a collision in this instance the police report would probably say the cyclist was traveling at an "unsafe" speed--which of course is a sort of catchall to be able to always blame the cyclist. My bike is has a flashing Thunderbolt on high and a really old guy (80+) turned left in right in front of me from a side street on Mercer Island WA last week. There was no adverse lighting conditions such as a low sun--I was going about 20 mph. I think a lot of drivers simply don't see a bike or think it possibly be going over 10-12 mph. I didn't bother trying to yell at the guy--sometimes there really nothing you can do.
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illegal u-turn under California law.
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Originally Posted by trailangel
Didn't look that close to me. I didn't see cars lining up to pickup kids.
Continue to be safe... ride on.
have you had your eyes checked lately ?
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Originally Posted by KingCat
have you had your eyes checked lately ?
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I don't really see the reason for these posts. To me it's seems like because you had a close call with a driver you're calling them out as being a bad driver when possibly they just a mistake and 99.9% of the time they could be a safe driver. Have you never had a close call as a driver? If you're having "a near death" experience every week maybe you better stay off the road. Actually I don't see either of the incidents that you posted as near death, more like everyday riding in Southern California.
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I don't really see the reason for these posts. To me it's seems like because you had a close call with a driver you're calling them out as being a bad driver when possibly they just a mistake and 99.9% of the time they could be a safe driver. Have you never had a close call as a driver? If you're having "a near death" experience every week maybe you better stay off the road. Actually I don't see either of the incidents that you posted as near death, more like everyday riding in Southern California.
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try riding in Glendale. It's an adventure every day
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I would have pulled in behind the driver and educated them on how and why that turn was dangerous. Most drivers don't mean harm they just don't realize how fast some riders can go and typically misjudge their speed. I have had a few conversations, and each time the driver was apologetic and said they didn't realize I was going that fast. If you approach them in an un aggressive manner and use it as a teaching opportunity the end result maybe be a bit more favorable to both the driver and rider.
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