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I don't normally complain about bad drivers on my commute, and this particular bad driver isn't why I'm posting this.

On the ride from Caltrain at Palo Alto to the office, I ride through Stanford University.  Most of the way is very nice, with bike lanes, but the initial access road (where University st becomes Palm Dr) is just a busy two-lanes-per-direction street.  Most of the riders getting off the train end up riding on the sidewalk (which is marked as okay), but I got in the habit of just staying in the road, instead of dealing with pedestrians.

So today, I'm riding along, and given that it's a narrow road with no shoulder, I take the lane.  At some point, a car flies by me, IN MY LANE, basically squeezing between me and the car in the next lane over.  The speed difference was probably about 30mph.  I yelp, yell at it, and catch up to it as it stops at the red light down the road.

The driver does her best to pretend she can't see me, refuses to make eye contact, whatever.

The another cyclist that was riding on the road behind me catches up, and I complain: "That was way too close".  His response?  "Well, you were riding in the middle of the lane there...".

Uh, yeah.  It wasn't by accident either!

Am I crazy?  What am I missing here?  Given that I think everyone involved agreed that that was way too close (including the driver, based on her reaction), how does it make sense to blame me here?  Am I expecting too much from other cyclists, as far as sympathy?

Date: 2010-11-10 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] relsqui.livejournal.com
You're apparently expecting too much from other cyclists in terms of knowing the road rules. The lack of sympathy is a byproduct. Did you explain?

Date: 2010-11-10 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zigdon.livejournal.com
Didn't really get a chance - the light changed, and he made an illegal left turn.

Date: 2010-11-10 09:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-11-11 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deliriumsama.livejournal.com
I watched a girl bike along Telegraph between 19th and 12th in Oakland this morning, inches away from the parked cars, and ignoring the right turn only lanes. She almost got hit by a bus.

I desperately want to tell every cyclist about EBBC's classes. We would all be SO MUCH safer if people knew their rights and that driving rules still apply to us.

I don't think it's surprising that you didn't get any sympathy, but I do think it's sad.

Date: 2010-11-11 08:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] relsqui.livejournal.com
Thought of a better way to express what I was trying to get at. You're not sympathetic either when you see a cyclist doing something which as far as you know is dangerous and stupid. We have no reason to believe there's anything strange about the cyclist's sympathy circuits. It's just a (scary) lack of data.
Edited Date: 2010-11-11 08:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-11-11 08:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zigdon.livejournal.com
Well, of course, if I thought they were doing something dangerous and stupid, I'd be right! <_<

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