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This week, I rearranged my training schedule to take advantage of a couple of days of 80 degree weather. Yesterday was a beeeeutiful day for riding...83 degrees, clear blue skies, and 10-12 mph winds. Unfortunately, the motorists were taking advantage of the nice weather also.<br><br>
My first near-death experience came when an SUV decided to take a right turn, directly into my path. As I came up on him, riding in one of the few bike lanes that we have, I noticed that he was drifting to the right, with no turn signal, as we came to the intersection. Thinking that he was going to turn, I eased back and got to the right of his rear tire. Sure enough, no turn signal Johnny made a sharp right turn and would have taken me out if I hadn't eased up and soft pedaled.<br><br>
Not 4 miles later, I almost got creamed by a school bus of all things. I was approaching a T intersection, where I was going to turn left. I heard a large vehicle behind me and proceeded to point to the left to indicate my turn. As I started leaning into the turn, the driver gassed the bus and shot forward. I had to veer back to the right to avoid becoming a hood ornament! Thankfully, the car behind the bus slowed and allowed me to turn. Being that there was a car coming towards me, in the opposite lane, I did not get the bus number. I could just see the headline now: Educator Gets Run Over by Bus.<br><br>
Now, I live in Southeast Georgia, I was clad in spandex, my shirt was bright yellow, I am riding a tri bike, and I am a constant target of ******* truck drivers. No one can tell me that I was not seen on the road. The SUV driver is a common occurence, but the bus driver?<br><br>
On a positive note, I did see 7 other cyclists. Now, in my Mayberry-like town, that is close to a miracle. Unfortunately, two of them were college cycling team dudes wearing no helmets, and one was a lady wearing an Ipod. If I had not been in such a hurry to get off the road, before I became roadkill, I would have offered some advice to the riders.
 

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Be careful out there Doug.<br><br>
Not to defend SUV's but this has happened to me with cars just the same. It is people being careless or inconsiderate.
 

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Your experience #1 matched mine just last night (reported on today's daily thread).<br><br>
Let's take license plate numbers, everyone!
 

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I almost get killed every time I go out, running or riding. The average age of the driver here is between 90 and dead, and they should not be on the road.<br><br>
The point Doug makes about the Ipod is intersting to me. I was watching the Superbowl and a commercial had a guy in a car with badgers. So quiet that even CANNONS could not be heard inside the vehicle. If they can't hear CANNONS, can they hear an emergenct vehicle? Can they hear me screaming at them as they drive over me? Can they hear another car horn beeping at them to avoid impending doom? NO, but the girl with the I-pod could.<br><br>
I smell double standards here.<br><br>
Sorry doug, glad your OK.<br><br>
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I could have been an a$$ about it and confronted the bus driver. The bus was going to our local high school for a basketball game, which is about 2 miles from my home.<br><br>
I could have easily followed the bus there and added a few miles to my ride. My wife agreed that I probably wouldn't have been in the best frame of mind to speak with said bus driver, though.
 

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it happens to me here in AL as well. People just don't care or they don't pay attention to what is going on around them. I try and play it safe an stay on the military installation where people normally pay more attention to cyclists and runners. I guess because most of them are out there at one point or another so they know how it feels.
 

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Same stuff happens here in California.<br><br>
Your advice to them would be worth exactly what they paid for it. They think that they are entitled to the road and crazy cyclists shouldnt even be on the road. Nothing you say will change that. Only when they kill someone and get sued for it, and it hurts their pocketbook will they care.<br><br>
As for the cyclists, you won't change them either. I think of it as Darwin weeding the stupid out of the gene pool.
 

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I was nearly taken out myself this morning. Yep--right turning SUV. Before I entered the intersection, I turned and made eye contact with the driver AND SHE STILL ALMOST HIT ME! Hello--I was wearing my 'batteries required' neon jacket. You can't tell me she didn't see me!!! As far as taking down a plate number--I was so rattled, seeing my life flash before me and all that, that she was quarter mile down the road before I came to my senses.<br><br>
I also have almost been taken out by a school bus. I'm running facing traffic. Three school buses coming, ready to turn into the school. First one moves over to give me room, second one moves over, third one aims right for me and it nearly hops the curb. I had time to respond--do you have any idea how loud it is when you smack the side of a school bus??? Thought I broke my hand, but it was sooooooo worth it!
 

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Jeez Doug! I'd love to see your HR-profile from the ride. "So, this is the first big hill, and then, oh, here's where I almost got it, it really spikes!" It really reminds us how vulnerable we are out on the roads. Stay safe everyone!<br><br>
Oh, and if you want to come ride in a safer environment, come visit me in Canada. Our small-town in surrounded by Old-Order Mennonite farms, so the drivers around us are used to slow-moving vehicles (be they bikes or horses and buggies).
 

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That's why I ride on bike trails 90% of the time. I'm lucky enough to have several good riding trails near by.<br><br>
I think we've all had way too many close calls. Here in the OC most of the trouble I've had is with people on cell phones. They drive along fat, dumb and happy without ever knowing they almost killed you. I did leave a very nice cleat mark in a mini-van once...
 

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First off, I'm glad you're okay Doug. One close call is bad enough, not to mention two.<br><br>
There actually is a lower rung on the totem pole, at least in San Francisco proper - pedestrian. It seems like everyone tries to run the red lights, including the bicyclists.<br><br>
The most "memorable" (heh) day happened late summer last year, when I had a close call with a SUV driver with a cell phone turning right in one intersection (stopped about a foot away) followed by the next intersection, where a bicyclist doing close to 20 mph nearly decked me while I was in the crosswalk as he ran the red light (I could feel his breeze as he sped by he was that close.) He then had the audacity to turn to me and blow an airhorn or something as he was headed down the street as if I was in the wrong.
 

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Doug-you sure the last student you suspended wasn't on that bus?<br><br>
JK!<br><br>
glad you're OK! I woulda cried and went home.
 

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Driving the bus I bet!<br><br>
Glad you're OK Doug!
 
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