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Almost run over by a cyclist on sidewalk last night(9 posts)

Almost run over by a cyclist on sidewalk last nightkenyee
Feb 20, 2002 2:04 PM
We both arrived at the corner of a building at the same time. It was dark. He was going opposite the flow of traffic on the sidewalk. He had no headlight on his MTB. Luckily, he grabbed his brakes in time. After looking at each other for a second or two, he takes off into the middle of the street, still going the wrong way. He rides in the middle of the street until he sees traffic approaching and then goes off to his right (which is probably where traffic doesn't expect him). No helmet either.

I didn't say anything. I figured Darwin would correct this guy eventually :-P
one thing that bothers me......mixinbeatz
Feb 20, 2002 2:26 PM
Is when cyclists post about how stupid some of us are. Yes, we know that many, if not most cyclists on the road do not ride safely. Yes, it is obvious the guy was a dumb ass, but if we spend most of our time focusing on dumb people on this board, it will be overloaded with dribble. Please, at least ask a question....

1. Should I have punched the guy?
2. Should I have lectured him?
3. Should I have gone about my day and ignored him like the many other idiots we run into everyday?

my 2 bits....
this was a little beyond normal IMHOkenyee
Feb 21, 2002 8:53 AM
It just seemed weird for that guy to then go and ride right in the middle of a street going the wrong way.

Yep, I see other stuff (no lights, wrong way, etc.) all the time...this time, it just seemed comical and I thought I would share :-)

p.s., I think I would gotten punched if I did lecture him...he obviously didn't care because he broke so many rules...
I would run over Cherry1nm
Feb 20, 2002 3:37 PM
I would run over Cherry1Cherry1
Feb 20, 2002 3:44 PM
i wood press charges and you wood be buying me a new bike
Is thatmuncher.
Feb 21, 2002 8:57 AM
a bike made of wood? Or one from the woods?
Hmmm...And what else didn't happen last night?Crankist
Feb 20, 2002 4:22 PM
Your lucky......I sawjagiger
Feb 20, 2002 10:39 PM
a bike messenger absolutely level a women who probably jay-walked into it. I'd just turned around & caught the impact & she got nailed!!!...right off her feet. It was probably like getting hit by an NFL lineback or something. The messenger went down hard too which was great, as this jerk, just gets up, turns to see that the women is moving & books out of there. Not even one word to the downed women. You talk about "no class". Maybe he was trying to limit liability or something, but someone should have back out into his way, even just to slow him down & give him something to think about.
Your lucky......I sawguido
Feb 21, 2002 2:20 PM
I was rolling along 19th Street in DC, through gridlocked cars, at a good clip, maybe 15 mph. This really spaced out woman steps out between the parked cars in front of me and looks the other way. I say, "Watch out!" as she takes another step directly in my path. I hit her, she pirouettes and then plops her large bottom on my rear wheel, freewheel side. I go flying off the handlebars into the rear fender of a taxicab, in a superman tuck, and survive with only scratches and bruises.

I ask if she's okay, noticing the freewheel print on her trousers. She can't come up with any intelligible words, but moves okay, and looks at me as if I were a creature from Mars. So I dust myself off and bid her adieu, only to notice a block later, she had put a dent in my rear wheel.

But that's the beauty of your standard bike-pedestrian collision. Neither party is likely to be in need of immediate medical attention, and the property damage is seldom enough to wish you had insurance. I do go slower in heavy traffic, however!