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encounter with a pickup truck(8 posts)

encounter with a pickup truckloki_1
Jul 15, 2003 9:28 PM
There I was working my way around the outside of a blind curve when i hear a big deisel truck coming up behind me. I take a quick look and see it is an older F350 (or so) dually pick up bearing down on me. I move as close to side of the road as i can, anticipating the deisel fumes as he roars past. Well, it doesnt come. The guy slows down to 20 mph and stays behind me until I get to the next straight. I wave him the all clear to pass. He passes, waves a hand and toots the horn. I wave back, smiling that all is right in the world, for this moment.
re: encounter with a pickup truckseamus
Jul 16, 2003 7:57 AM
Thanks for that. Seriously.

I've been riding and racing for 15 years, and in the past few, the sheer number of horror stories on forums like these have made me really negative, and even pretty fearful, of riding on the road. But I do it anyway, just more cautiously than before. Most of those horror stories, the severity and frequency of our brothers and sisters encountering road rage incidents or car vs. bike accidents has made me start to think that 90% of motorists would probably like to run me off the road, if they could get away with it.

It's really nice to hear a positive story for once, I think we tend to forget all those times and dwell on the more heinous stuff, but this restores a bit of my faith in humanity.
That reminds mecyclinseth
Jul 16, 2003 9:03 AM
this past weekend I was on a group ride thru suburban NJ and along comes this colossal, gas-guzzling, smog-belching, road-hogging Suburban Assault Vehicle. I saw the driver's window rolling and braced for some four-letter expletives to come whizzing out. Instead the soccer mom leans out her window and yells


Pretty sweet, I get more and more of this kind of treatment from motorists
plenty of pickup trucksfiltersweep
Jul 16, 2003 9:08 AM
plenty of pickup drivers actually seem to have all the time in the world. Building contractors appear to be the most patient drivers around. I'm more worried about BMWs, mercs, and last night a nasty Volvo driver...
re: encounter with a pickup truckMShaw
Jul 16, 2003 9:18 AM
I usually ride till I can see around the blind corner, then when I can see that it is safe, I wave the car/truck around. Seems to help out with driver/cyclist relations.

If I see something coming, I'll hold out my arm to tell them to stay back 'cause it isn't safe yet.

I used to ride out in the boonies where there aren't too many spots to pull over. This system came out of the need to get cars out from behind me without killing us both when they pass me around a blind corner.

Hope it helps.

re: encounter with a pickup truckseamus
Jul 16, 2003 10:46 AM
Smart advice, I do the same thing. Often times, drivers will still wait until after the corner. I don't know if it's because they don't trust me when I wave them around, or if they're just content to wait, but either way it's cool.
re: encounter with a pickup truckgf99
Jul 16, 2003 11:13 AM
I'm certainly no psychologist, but I think interacting with drivers makes the encounter less impersonal and therefore less likely to result in obnoxious behavior.

Another thing I like to do is smile and wave at drivers waiting at intersections I'm approaching. If there's no acknowledgement from them (i.e. not paying attention) I slow down. Saved my butt a number of times.
re: encounter with a pickup truckseamus
Jul 16, 2003 1:37 PM
I do that too, and in waving, I usually wave cars in front of me whenever feasible. I also nod/acknowledge drivers, hikers, joggers and of course other cyclists whenever there's a chance. I probably come off as a way-over-friendly dork on a nice bike, but I like to think that maybe, a couple of those people will remember the next time they're driving on a narrow road that cyclists aren't so bad, and maybe that'll keep me or someone else from getting pushed off the road.

I think most of us represent pretty well out there, but in anything, there's a handful of folks out there running lights, yelling at people and making us all look bad (ala Critical Mass) and I think if we occasionally bite our tongues and try to make a good impression when we can, it offsets all the hate that's aimed at us. We're all our own ambassadors.

Okay, off the soapbox. Sorry.