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Old 10-01-08, 05:36 PM   #1
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I saw a cyclist bumps into lady at an intersection

I just wanted to rant for a bit. Today, coming out of UBC, on 10th heading east bound waiting for a red light. I saw a cyclist turning on to 10th, a right hand turn. He bump into a lady crossing the street. The light was green for North South, so the cyclist can turn but the light was also for the pedestrians. The pedestrians had the right of way. If a car wanted to do a right turn, the driver would have to make sure the people walking across the marked crosswalk were cleared before they can turn. I know a bicycle has a fairly thin profile and if there was a big enough gap I think most cyclists including myself would have made a turn before waiting for the intersection to be cleared of pedestrians.

The thing that really annoyed me was that, this guy just rides off after bumping into the lady. Maybe you are a member of this forum as well and if you happen to read this. I would like to tell you that you are a ******. At least stop, get off your bike and apologise.

The actions of this one cyclist affects the way that the general public looks at us all.
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Old 05-01-09, 08:59 AM   #2
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The pedestrian had the right of way. It's not good for cyclists when even 1 cyclist does this. People are often complaining that cyclists do not follow the rules of the road and in this case, it sounds like he didn't. This makes things worse for all of us
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Old 05-01-09, 09:35 AM   #3
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I hit a pedestrian once. I was young, 10, maybe 12? Riding along, chatting with a friend. I looked forward, and there was a little old man standing on the side of the road. I look over at my friend, and keep chatting. I look forward again, and the man is TWO FEET IN FRONT OF MY WHEEL. There was nowhere to go; I braked as hard as I could, but I still knocked him over. To this day, I'm still not sure how neither I nor my friend noticed he was right in front of me until I was right on top of him.

I felt just about as crappy as you can imagine.

Luckily, he was ok. A bit shaken up (I was too), but ok.

I can't imagine hitting someone and just taking off. . .
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