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Every Cyclist's Worst NIghtmare

post #1 of 15
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At least they were able to track the driver!

 

 

 

A Berkeley cyclist taped an apparent hit and run crash that spilled him across the asphalt in Berkeley. (Fast forward to 2:38 to see the crash.)

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post #2 of 15

Didn't look like an accident rolleyes.gif  but maybe that's what you get for wearing Capo..............

 

Glad the have caught the driver but he/they are not the sort that worry me as a rider, its the otherwise normal people who have a thing against cyclists.

post #3 of 15
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Dollars to donuts the driver was txt'ing or otherwise f'n around on a cell phone.

 

I don't think about stuff like that when I'm riding, cause I can't control it, I just look ahead and pay attention.

 

But if I were to those would be the ones who would worry me.

post #4 of 15
Best use I've ever seen for a POV camera. Glad they weren't injured seriously, and also that they were able to apprehend the hit-and-run scumbag who apparently tried to claim that his car was stolen to avoid getting charged with the crime.

There is so little we can do about either angry drivers or distracted (cellphone, etc.) drivers. I have had a friend killed by a texting 16 y.o. who actually ran OFF the road and hit him, where he had pulled off to wait for his girlfriend.

Ride safe, everyone!

Best regards,
Bob
post #5 of 15

Every time I go out on my road bike I have to try and not think about the cars coming behind me...but this really drives the risks home...scary

post #6 of 15

MOST people do not take driving serious. If you ride a bike around cars there is a chance of getting hit. I drove this on a very popular bike riding road. Thank God all of the bikers were careful and obeyed the rules.

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Originally Posted by Braquage View Post

Every time I go out on my road bike I have to try and not think about the cars coming behind me...

 

 

Why I'll never ride with an iPod, your ears help you see behind you.... coupled with the odd look over the shoulder if you hear something....

post #8 of 15
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Why I'll never ride with an iPod, your ears help you see behind you....

 

Hear, hear! 

 

Goes for skiing as well.  ;-)

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Taxman View Post

Didn't look like an accident rolleyes.gif  but maybe that's what you get for wearing Capo..............

 

Glad the have caught the driver but he/they are not the sort that worry me as a rider, its the otherwise normal people who have a thing against cyclists.

 

Agreed. First thing I thought was that's deliberate.

 

Struth, I'm most worried about catching a "door prize".

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by Canuk1w1 View Post

 

Struth, I'm most worried about catching a "door prize".

 

I was thinking the same thing, and wasn't going to mention it, but since you've opened the conversation on that front...  ;-)

 

When I was much younger bike was my primary mode of transport, and I was cruising at a good clip down a boulevard when a driver's door suddenly opened right in front of me! No time to react, hit it full on, and it threw me and my bike right out into the middle of the traffic lane! Fortunately no cars coming just then! I was scraped and bruised, but no serious damage! Shook me up pretty good though, that's for sure!!

 

I ride in the city a lot now, and often there's no way around going close by a line of parked cars. I try to stay aware and keep a keen eye out for anyone inside, but there's only so much you can do.

post #11 of 15

Re door prizes.... always ride well out from parked cars.... a friend was seriously injured after being doored.  Somethign which we are capable of managing.

post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post

 

I ride in the city a lot now, and often there's no way around going close by a line of parked cars. I try to stay aware and keep a keen eye out for anyone inside, but there's only so much you can do.

 

Me too, in Wash DC. 

 

I ride an old slow hybrid making a 12 mile ride each way from home to work.  Most days I only do the ride in one direction, although sometimes will ride roundtrip.  I stick to bike trails for about 75% of the ride.  They have their own dangers, but usually not from motorists.  I try to stay very awake during the parts of the ride through dense urban streets and tell myself, "I am invisible" to stay defensive.  Nonetheless, I enjoy the ride and the exercise.

 

My worst encounter with a car was my own fault.  I rear ended an SUV a couple years ago while riding with a line of slow moving traffic 1/4 mile my office.  It had stopped abruptly and caught me off guard at a moment when I was looking over my shoulder at the vehicles behind and around me.  I took a tumble and chain came off, but all was fine and only got a few minor skin abrasions.

 

Epicski member telerod15 is a long time DC bike courier and has many "war stories", fortunately surviving them all.

post #13 of 15

Almost killed some idiot in front of his girl yesterday.  They were riding along the bike lane on the right side as I came up, not speeding.  I noticed he was a bit wobbly, darting back and forth a little. I slowed down a little just in case.   Sure enough, he cut across the road RIGHT in front of me to the center turn lane.  No look over is shoulder, no hand signal, just cut across having no clue I was coming up along side.  I locked the brakes.  He almost wiped out as he realized he almost bought it.  I crawled along to see if Mrs Idiot was also going to cut across to the center lane now.  Then, I rolled down my window and suggested he try learning some hand signals if he plans to change lanes without looking again and live to tell about it.

post #14 of 15
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Way to be aware on your part. Hopefully he learned something.

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