I almost watched a cyclist get hit by a motorist bitch today.

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    Jan 19, 2013 1:39 AM GMT
    I rode to the bank after work to take care of some bidness. Upon leaving - within one block - I saw a guy's mangled bicycle underneath a car. The rider was on the phone (fortunately standing and OK) with the police. The dumb bitch had just driven onto the shoulder (while texting during a curve) and hit him.

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  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 19, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    People need to stop texting and driving! Good thing the driver is okay.
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    Jan 19, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
    Its a big problem here as well unfortunately (which is exacerbating the increasingly problematic instance aggressive motorists). So many drivers have a phone in their hand or on their ear when driving and are hazardous to cyclists, pedestrians and other motorists!
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    Jan 19, 2013 5:52 AM GMT
    I was alongside a woman today who was juggling her phone and her sandwich at the stop light. When it changed she was still texting with her sandwich hand. She dropped it when the driver behind her laid on his horn. Oh, did I have a laugh.
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    Jan 19, 2013 5:55 AM GMT
    South African minibus taxi drivers are the worst.
    The choices:
    Unsafe , unroadworthy vehicles. Taxi conductors who harass , rob and rape young or elderly commuters. And lastly not forgetting the drunk and drug dealing ones too.
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    Jan 19, 2013 6:05 AM GMT
    ^Whoa....look at that...You almost have to laugh at our American problems.
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    Jan 19, 2013 8:14 AM GMT
    WOMEN ON ROAD....
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    Very very dangerous.. ;))
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    Jan 19, 2013 8:18 AM GMT
    I get so infuriated when people talk on their mobile phones when driving. Its even worse when they are texting!! icon_mad.gificon_mad.gif
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    Jan 19, 2013 8:50 AM GMT
    On my way to work once I was almost hit by a woman texting while riding her horse.
  • DanOmatic

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    Jan 19, 2013 12:24 PM GMT
    TheAlchemixt saidPeople need to stop texting and driving! Good thing the driver is okay.


    More like "good thing the cyclist is ok". The dumbass driver could have easily killed him, while she would have been protected by metal, seatbelt and airbags had she crashed into anything. People who text and drive show such a deep lack of consideration for the safety of others, and all for the stupidest and most selfish of reasons.
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    Jan 19, 2013 12:26 PM GMT
    On a related note, a bicyclist rammed into my parked car and left a dent. She was a kid, and cried, and when I saw it was a scrape, I sent her along her way. This is my 11 YO Prius, so I guess nothing matters at this point. But some bicyclists also forget about the cars!
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:29 PM GMT
    Dumb bitch? icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:39 PM GMT
    A young woman on probationary license slammed into the back of me about 4 years ago while texting on her phone.

    I got out of my car and saw there wasn't a lot of damage to my 20 year old vehicle.. but my neck and back were already sore..

    She hit my car so hard it damaged her gearbox and we could only get her car into reverse. She was too shaken to do anything, so I took photos of the scene on my phone and pushed her car off the road (backwards)

    I had whiplash for about two weeks, and found that a bone spur which had been growing on one of my vertebrae and pressing on a nerve in my back had been knocked off - when I recovered from my whiplash, I was better than ever..

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    Jan 19, 2013 1:40 PM GMT
    This is a problem in Charlotte, NC as well. I took care of a guy in the ICU who suffered brain damage due to a motorist hitting him while cycling. I mean, share the freaking road! It's not that hard!
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    Jan 19, 2013 1:51 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidI rode to the bank after work to take care of some bidness. Upon leaving - within one block - I saw a guy's mangled bicycle underneath a car. The rider was on the phone (fortunately standing and OK) with the police. The dumb bitch had just driven onto the shoulder (while texting during a curve) and hit him.

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    Glad you're OK yourself, Paul! And I hope you wear a helmet at all times on your bike, as I do, even for short errands. Mine came in handy when a driver sideswipped me 2 blocks from home in Wilton Manors and kept going, legally a hit & run but never caught. Evidently no other drivers reported the car, and by the time I got off the ground it was too far away for an ID. Fortunately just scrapes & bruises, and only a few scratches on the bike. I did start wearing a new helmet, though, despite only a moderate tap at the front, which may have saved me a broken nose.
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
    Women have smaller visual brain areas and larger verbal areas. That's why men frequently don't talk as much and are turned on by visual porn.
  • SkyMiles

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    Jan 19, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    People are driving longer, faster, angrier, more distracted and with less sleep than ever! My heart goes out to anyone driving a motorcycle or bike. Be careful out there because nobody else is.
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:24 PM GMT
    Bicycle meets car happens here in Boulder but it is illegal to text and drive and everybody rides a bike. Local joke: You know you're in Boulder when you see a $5,000 bike on a $500 car.
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    Jan 19, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    Colbert_Nation saidPeople are driving longer, faster, angrier, more distracted and with less sleep than ever! My heart goes out to anyone driving a motorcycle or bike. Be careful out there because nobody else is.

    Certainly commute times have increased in many urban parts of the US, something that can be shown objectively, and that may take its toll on driver attitudes & ability. But a big factor does seem to be distracted driving, too much multi-tasking going on.

    When I started driving in 1966 fast-food drive-thrus were no where near as widespread as today, fairly rare to see someone eating behind the wheel, unless they made the sandwich themselves at home. And certainly not drinking a Starbucks. Cars back then didn't even provide cup holders. Naturally the hand-held cell phone revolution was nearly 30 years away, and smartphone texting didn't come along until even later.

    So while the causes for poor driving may be numerous, I personally witness more cases of distraction. Most times when I have to dodge another car I'll see the driver has got a cell phone in hand, and maybe a coffee, too.

    I saw my own partner scarily doing this 5 years ago, unable to refuse a call while driving, though he rarely placed one. So I got him a new car with the SYNC Bluetooth system, for hands-free calling. Works beautifully, he's no more distracted now than having a conversation with a passenger, both hands on the wheel, the phone steering wheel buttons no more involved than tuning the radio.
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    Jan 19, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
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    paulflexes saidI rode to the bank after work to take care of some bidness. Upon leaving - within one block - I saw a guy's mangled bicycle underneath a car. The rider was on the phone (fortunately standing and OK) with the police. The dumb bitch had just driven onto the shoulder (while texting during a curve) and hit him.

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    Glad you're OK yourself, Paul! And I hope you wear a helmet at all times on your bike, as I do, even for short errands. Mine came in handy when a driver sideswipped me 2 blocks from home in Wilton Manors and kept going, legally a hit & run but never caught. Evidently no other drivers reported the car, and by the time I got off the ground it was too far away for an ID. Fortunately just scrapes & bruises, and only a few scratches on the bike. I did start wearing a new helmet, though, despite only a moderate tap at the front, which may have saved me a broken nose.
    Nope, I don't wear a helmet for short errands. Instead, I have a very strict rule of "pretend no one sees you." That mindset has kept me out of harm's way MANY times. When I hear a car coming up behind me, I "bunny-hop" over to the sidewalk, or the ditch if no sidewalk is available (refuse to use road tires ever again - I like the freedom of riding off-road when needed).
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Colbert_Nation saidPeople are driving longer, faster, angrier, more distracted and with less sleep than ever! My heart goes out to anyone driving a motorcycle or bike. Be careful out there because nobody else is.

    Certainly commute times have increased in many urban parts of the US, something that can be shown objectively, and that may take its toll on driver attitudes & ability. But a big factor does seem to be distracted driving, too much multi-tasking going on.

    When I started driving in 1966 fast-food drive-thrus were no where near as widespread as today, fairly rare to see someone eating behind the wheel, unless they made the sandwich themselves at home. And certainly not drinking a Starbucks. Cars back then didn't even provide cup holders. Naturally the hand-held cell phone revolution was nearly 30 years away, and smartphone texting didn't come along until even later.

    So while the causes for poor driving may be numerous, I personally witness more cases of distraction. Most times when I have to dodge another car I'll see the driver has got a cell phone in hand, and maybe a coffee, too.

    I saw my own partner scarily doing this 5 years ago, unable to refuse a call while driving, though he rarely placed one. So I got him a new car with the SYNC Bluetooth system, for hands-free calling. Works beautifully, he's no more distracted now than having a conversation with a passenger, both hands on the wheel, the phone steering wheel buttons no more involved than tuning the radio.


    A number of studies have shown that hands-free phones are just as dangerous as hand-held phones. Consider that many people drive with one hand even if they are doing nothing with the other hand.

    Conversing with someone on the phone is more dangerous than conversing with someone in the car. A person in the car is more aware of what is going on and doesn't force the driver to keep talking when he should be concentrating on traffic. On the other hand, if the driver doesn't immediately respond to someone on the phone, the person on the other end is likely to say, "Hello! Hello! Are you still there?" That forces the driver to respond even when he should be concentrating on driving.

    Once when I was riding with someone who was talking on the phone, he ran a red light. That scared him, but he still talks on the phone while driving. Exactly how would having both hands on the wheel have kept him from running the red light? Obviously he was distracted by the conversation which was of a business nature and required considerable concentration leaving him less able to concentrate on driving.

    It should be illegal to talk on the phone while driving, hands-free or not!
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:12 AM GMT
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    Nope, I don't wear a helmet for short errands. Instead, I have a very strict rule of "pretend no one sees you." That mindset has kept me out of harm's way MANY times.

    AKA defensive driving. How I survived for decades as a motorcyclist. I always assumed the "cagers" (cars) would do the dumbest and most unexpected thing possible, and they did. And that they would never see me.

    But at the same time, Paul, doesn't that tell you how prudent it would be to wear a helmet? A helmet's saved my life on more than one occasion. Because THEY'RE the ones making the mistake, not me, and I won't always hear or see them.

    But it's MY body that's gonna get creamed because of THEIR mistake. My husband & I like you very much, we don't wanna find ourselves visiting you in the hospital, or worse. If we have to buy you the goddam thing ourselves we want you wearing one. Will you not consider it, with all the riding you're doing now? And set a good example for others?
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:16 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThat cyclist is lucky to be safe and sound. That bitch who mangled his bicycle should be responsible for his damages and repairs.

    Not how it works in Florida. If she's got an expensive car, and a good attorney, the fault will be turned on the bicyclist. It's how the law works down here.

    Drivers are very seldom held fully responsible for hitting cyclists. And penalties, when assessed at all, are minimal. Why nobody gives a damn about bicyclists. You know you can expect to get a pass from the police and the court.
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
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    paulflexes said
    Nope, I don't wear a helmet for short errands. Instead, I have a very strict rule of "pretend no one sees you." That mindset has kept me out of harm's way MANY times.

    AKA defensive driving. How I survived for decades as a motorcyclist. I always assumed the "cagers" (cars) would do the dumbest and most unexpected thing possible, and they did. And that they would never see me.

    But at the same time, Paul, doesn't that tell you how prudent it would be to wear a helmet? A helmet's saved my life on more than one occasion. Because THEY'RE the ones making the mistake, not me, and I won't always hear or see them.

    But it's MY body that's gonna get creamed because of THEIR mistake. My husband & I like you very much, we don't wanna find ourselves visiting you in the hospital, or worse. If we have to buy you the goddam thing ourselves we want you wearing one. Will you not consider it, with all the riding you're doing now? And set a good example for others?
    Wearing a helmet in my neighborhood is a magnet for disaster. I'll risk the cars before I risk getting beat down by gangsters. icon_wink.gif

    BTW, I do wear a [very expensive] helmet on the trails. It's seldom that I don't wipeout at least once per ride.
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWearing a helmet in my neighborhood is a magnet for disaster. I'll risk the cars before I risk getting beat down by gangsters. icon_wink.gif

    Wahhh??? WTF does that mean?