Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Hit by a Car

Biking to work is a great thing, don't get me wrong. it's great exercize. It saves money. It's a nice opertunity to get outside...

However, the real downside, which I've been annoyed by all along, but which really only hit me today (pun probably intended), is the fact that bicyclists are pretty much invisible to most drivers. I notice it every day. We technicaly have the right of way at crosswalks for example, but only maybe one in twenty drivers making a left turn over the crosswalk will actually stop.

The same thing happens with people turning out of mall parking lots--and that's where I finally got run over today.

Well.... maybe not run over :) and really not even hit hard enough to knock me over, but definitely enough to be pretty pissed of :). It was the typical scenario: car waiting for break in traffic to pull onto the road--I start crossing in front of it--soccer mom in soccer mom van decides then is a good time to pedal to the metal and pull out into the street.

The van, the bike, and myself came out completely unscathed. The driver was very apologetic, and I really just wanted to get to work, so after assuring her I was fine, we simply drove and rode on.

I suppose I'll just have to start waiting for all the cars rushing to god knows where to go on past before I use crosswalks where I technically have the right of way. Right of way won't do me much good when Newton's Third Law kicks in.

So until next time, if you see a biker, stop for them!


Blogger Lewis said...

Geez! Get one of those flourescent orange vests or something, will ya? I know it is their responsibility to look, but tell that to the laws of physics :-(.

1:33 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

It's ok if something bad happens I'll file an appeal with Newton.

2:28 PM  
Blogger MiT Gr8 1 said...

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8:20 PM  
Blogger MiT Gr8 1 said...

You just need to ride your bike infinitely fast and zoom through the atoms of future soccer moms. While there, take one from Anchorman and punch her in the ovaries!

note: deleted previous post due to naughty apostrophes.

8:23 PM  

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