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Aug. 19th, 2009 | 09:29 pm
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posted by: k2rider78 in we_ride_bikes

I almost got hit by an SUV this last week while I was riding my bike.
Cut for bad language-

The dude crossed to lanes of traffic and stopped in front of me when he finally saw he cut me off. Luckily I stopped. He looked at me like I made some kind of traffic violation, then he kept going. I called him a jerk. He yelled "Fuck you!" He had a little dog sitting on his lap. I don't think he was talking on a cellphone. I of course retaliated- "Fuck You!" While I said that I thought of the irony, I would NEVER want to fuck him. He of of course yelled back- "Bitch." I saw no point in arguing with him ;) And I road off before it escalated any further.

Now maybe I should have kept my mouth shut but what would you have done in that situation?

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runr

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from: runr
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
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i've said, "you almost hit me," to drivers before. calmly. they look at me like they have no clue what i'm talking about. which, of course, they don't.

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k2rider78

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from: k2rider78
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
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Yes I am amazed how many people driving look like they have no clue.

I wish I was calmer though I think his response would still have been the same.

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Violet Tigress

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from: violet_tigress1
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
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One time, I heard about a woman who followed the car & smashed all the windows with her U lock. I doubt I'd ever do that, but it made me laugh.

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k2rider78

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from: k2rider78
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
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LOL I don't think I would do that either but it made me laugh too :)

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Just a springing future interest

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from: katcorvi
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
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I'm a bit confused by one part. Did he realize he cut you off and did it intentionally, or did he come to a stop and that cut you off? Either way, I know it's hard to keep your cool when you're being yelled at, but try. I can't claim that I always have, but if things get ugly, try and keep the high ground. Keep a Sharpie in your back pocket. Write down his license number on your forearm and then use your cell phone to call the cops. Report him. If he's done this to you, odds are he's doing it to other cyclists. The cops often won't take it seriously the first time, but if there's a pattern that develops, they will. If they don't take it seriously, it never hurts to remind the mayor or sheriff that you are a registered voter and with friends who are, too.

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k2rider78

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from: k2rider78
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
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I don't think he was paying attention he was crossing two lanes, not at an intersection but from one parking lot to the parking lot of a auto repair garage he was looking for cars not cyclists. I assume, that is what he was doing. I did not expect a car to cross from that direction, in front of me from the left. I saw him from my peripheral and stopped suddenly he stopped suddenly after I stopped. He was in the middle of the road blocking traffic at that point so I was not going to continue. It was just funny to be glared at by a motorist that could have hit me.

Thanks for the good advice.

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Ruffian Wind

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from: ruffian_wind
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Same thing happened to me a month ago, but I was actually hit. The gentleman wasn't looking for cyclists, didn't see me in my bright jersey, and made a right into a parking lot across the bike lane. WHAM! I hit his car at somewhere around 20mph, leaving a nice dent in the rear door. The first thing that came out of my mouth surprised me; on the police report, the witness said she heard profanity, but in actually I yelled "please be more careful, sir!"

It SHOULD have been profanity :)

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Ruffian Wind

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from: ruffian_wind
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
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In response to your question, I have no idea what the right thing is to say. It's hard not to lose one's temper, especially when people are distracted while driving (cell phones, dogs on lap, etc). As much as I feel like screaming, I also don't want to piss off the person in the death machine...er...car. I'm probably going to go with yelling things like "HEY WATCH OUT!" or "please be careful, you almost hit me" from now on. But who knows what will fly out of my mouth at any given moment!

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k2rider78

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from: k2rider78
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Were you seriously hurt? I would have been upset too. I don't want to get into it with drivers but at the same time I believe many people should NOT have Drivers Licenses; they don't even make good pedestrians.

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Ruffian Wind

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from: ruffian_wind
date: Aug. 21st, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I went to the ER with a minor concussion, separated shoulder and bruises all over the place including some pretty deep ones around my knees. All in all, I was lucky. Very lucky. and I am totally with you about drivers not even making good pedestrians. I can't even count how many idiots I've almost run over just stepping into the road and too busy to notice things like cars and bikes because they are too busy texting and chatting on their phones...(I work on a college campus, so you can imagine how often this happens...)

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baby astrolab

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from: mizzpyx
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
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I tend to get a bit enthusiastic with the profanities when that happens. They deserve it!

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k2rider78

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from: k2rider78
date: Aug. 20th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
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LOL I know what you mean, it's just I saw it escalating, seemed like the jerk had a case of road rage too.

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whufan1

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from: whufan1
date: Aug. 21st, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
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It happens so often in London that I no longer react but if their windows are open this is my fave kind of response:

"I can only give you 5 out of 10 for stupidity, because I've seen considerably worse."

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from: ihsyasylime
date: Aug. 22nd, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
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I am careful when it comes to angry or unsafe drivers. I have had many incidents where cars were very near to hitting me, or have yelled extremely mean things to me. But in some states, if you yell profanity or wave the middle finger, that can be considered "provoking" and decrease your case a lot. I usually wave, or if I happen upon the driver again at a stoplight, I mention, "You almost hit me, please be more considerate and drive safely."

I just figure it's more helpful for the big picture condition to remain calm and polite. Sure, they're mean jerks, but yelling at them is not going to make them better drivers. Just more angry at cyclists.

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