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post #1 of 17
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Don't be dead right!

 

 

 

post #2 of 17

The guy makes some good points but a lot of drivers will still get way too close to a bike rather than slow down or risk encroaching on the lane of oncoming traffic. It's scary; especially this time of year. This kind of story should be running on nightly news everywhere to get peoples awareness up. Thanks for posting it. I think I'll cut and paste the link onto some other forums too. Hope you don't mind. 

post #3 of 17

Bike season is coming upon us and it is a very popular sport here. I spend at least 40 hours a week on the local roads operating a 53T/85 ft. gravel truck. I respect/try to give as much distance as I can safely allow to bikers. However,there are times when the bikers are unsafe just like some drivers. Like the cop said sometimes and certain places it is just unsafe to be riding a bike. Right or wrong your still dead.

post #4 of 17

Riding in the snow during plowing = stupid. 

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Riding in the snow during plowing = stupid. 


 

Yeah that was ridiculous.

post #6 of 17

I find cycling in traffic more dangerous than riding down a mountain bike trail, and I'm not a timid rider (when I have my daughter's bike; I'm a little more careful of the rims on the 10-speed road bike).

 

I would rather be wrong than dead right.  Those mirrors are scary, especially when you consider that you could get the odd car with add-on trailer mirrors the drivers aren't used to, especially early spring.

 

I think it would be safer for most folks to get a motorcycle that keeps up with traffic.  For me,a motorcycle might tempt me to do a little more than keep, and probably be just as dangerous.

post #7 of 17

Cars shouldn't be allowed on our roads. How many people do you need to kill before you wake up? Motorist suck. Fuck you.

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Riding in the snow during plowing = stupid. 

 

Sissy.

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Cars shouldn't be allowed on our roads. How many people do you need to kill before you wake up? Motorist suck. Fuck you.


 Somewhere in American history, the car became god and everything else became second class, including human life.

 


Edited by WILDCAT - 3/23/2009 at 02:36 pm
post #10 of 17

I had a car come dangerously close to me today.  I wasn't riding on a major street, instead I was inside Cherry Creek State Park which is hugely popular for cyclists, runners, rollerbladers etc.  In fact, I probably saw over 100 other cyclists in the park in the 1.5 hours I was there.  This car continued past me and then moved into the shoulder as he rounded a car.  I watched with fear as he approached the 5 cyclists up the road from me and screamed car back as loud as I could.  Fortunately, he moved over and gave them about 2 feet of room but it was one of the stupidest things I've seen. 

post #11 of 17

I've had 30 years of abuse from those A-holes telerod,don't get me started..................

post #12 of 17

wow, i used to use my bike to commute and i got enough abuse from motorists without being dressed from head to toe in spandex. that guy's lucky to be alive.

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wow, i used to use my bike to commute and i got enough abuse from motorists without being dressed from head to toe in spandex. that guy's lucky to be alive.

 

I have found not dressing like a 'roadie" causes people to not try to kill you.

 

I also do take up the lane when traveling near traffic speed though because then someone will slow down and take notice instead of nearly hitting you with thier mirror. If they hit you clearly from behind there is noone fault but theirs.

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...I also do take up the lane when traveling near traffic speed though because then someone will slow down and take notice instead of nearly hitting you with thier mirror. If they hit you clearly from behind there is noone fault but theirs.

Many safety experts recommend staying in the lane as you suggest and not on the edge of the shoulder like the rider in the Vid.

 

I try to find a wide road with a low speed limit with plenty of room for cars to pass. I no longer take Devon, the 4 lane that took us to the MUP, for example. I take the next road to the north and avoid fast moving city streets.

Michael. 

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I have found not dressing like a 'roadie" causes people to not try to kill you.

 

So does shaving the legs and hanging a blond braid wig out the back of the helmet. They even did a study to test it.

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I also do take up the lane when traveling near traffic speed though because then someone will slow down and take notice instead of nearly hitting you with thier mirror. If they hit you clearly from behind there is noone fault but theirs.

Heh. Right but dead. FWIW, Maryland now requires you to ride on the shoulder unless signs specifically allow otherwise or no shoulder exists.

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Why don't we see jerseys with "<3 feet"    in large block letters on the back?

post #16 of 17

 I think a #3 Dale Earnhardt jersey could solve a lot of these problems.

post #17 of 17

Where's that Hummer that cut me off.

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