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Oncoming car in your lane(9 posts)

Oncoming car in your lanethe_gormandizer
Oct 16, 2001 9:20 AM
On Saturday I was out riding with my wife on a rural route with a 50mph limit. The road has a fairly narrow shoulder, but we were drafting one another and keeping to the side of the road as much as possible. As we rode along a relatively straight section, three cars approached on the other side. The centerline indicated it was legal to pass and the last of the three cars passed the other two. It came by in our lane at a high speed, probably 70-80 mph. Even though we were as close to the edge of the road as possible, the car came pretty close to us. As it went by, I caught the eye of the driver momentarily and shook my head. It really felt uncomfortable seeing a car coming head on towards us at that speed. Maybe swerving off the road would have been a sure way to avert any possible collision, but could also have resulted in a wreck.

It seems irresponsible of the driver to pass cars when the oncoming lane is not clear, albeit only partially occupied by bicycles. Did the driver break the law? Can one report this sort of behavior?
It scares the crap out of me.vanzutas
Oct 16, 2001 9:25 AM
I try to get off the road if it is possible. Then I make it clear in no subtle way that I hate the person in the car. But in the end, what are you gonna do?

Move out into the lane and wave. If I have room and time to bailMB1
Oct 16, 2001 9:44 AM
if they don't slow down. We see this once or twice every year-hate it. We are legal vehicles on a road, don't give up our rights without a fight.
yeah, wave with one finger. :) nmraboboy
Oct 16, 2001 9:55 AM
Anything to get their attention. nmMB1
Oct 16, 2001 9:56 AM
re: Oncoming car in your laneBike Fool
Oct 16, 2001 9:45 AM
In short, the overtaking vehicle is responsible for ensuring it is safe to pass. It was very irresponsible and very dangerous (and illegal) what the driver did. If it was me I would have bailed off the road and probably hurled my water bottle at him. Arm chair qb'ing aside, glad y'all are safe, and no that guy had no consideration for your safety whatever.
re: Oncoming car in your laneBroke Spoke
Oct 16, 2001 4:16 PM
I.D. the vehicle,description& plate if your lucky. Hopefully be able to put a face behind the wheel.
Make out a report with the law in that area, state, local P.D. or sheriff's dept.
If, from all this, you can determine the subject's I.D., file an affidavit in the court of jurisdiction.
Contact your Public Prosecutor for the court in question and maybe, if your real nice, you'll get some help in prosecuting the case. Good luck!
Squirt 'em with waterKerry Irons
Oct 16, 2001 4:46 PM
I find that if I direct a stream of water from my bottle toward them, it freaks them out and they go back in their lane ASAP.
Start praying and hope he misses you...Dutchy
Oct 16, 2001 9:25 PM
These people P!ss me off! They are endangering our lives as well as the people
they are passing. It is illegal to do this. I would :
1) Give em the finger
2) Get their rego number (plate)
3) Finish my ride
4) Call the cops

Did I mention that these people P!ss me off!

PS If you give them the finger, be prepared for a confrontation. I did this once and the
guy did a U bolt and chased me in his car. Luckily I cut through a reserve over a
pedestrian bridge and he couldn't follow.