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Aug. 19th, 2009 | 09:29 pm
mood: curiouscurious
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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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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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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