Rubber side down…

I remembered this video on my long bike ride on Saturday when a driver in an SUV stopped at a stop sign, then suddenly pulled out right in front of me just as I was about to go by…luckily I had my hands on my brakes already…out of my aerobars to also create some motion and a bigger target to be seen…and was watching the drivers head and front wheel closely for any movement…force of habit when coming up to intersections…and when they shot out in front of me, braked hard enough to skid the back wheel, and got off just enough speed to not hit them…didn’t drop the bike, and missed the SUV around the back…close.

I was coming up the road at 20 MPH…I presume the driver never did see me…they did stop at the stop sign, looking left…where I was…looked up the road to the right…then that quick acceleration to beat oncoming traffic…still looking right…a second or 2 later, and the driver would have seen me…either coming through the driver side window, or plastered on the windshield like a bug.

…but not this time…so good

So just another gentle reminder that drivers often just don’t see us…particularly if distracted, focused on something else, and not ‘expecting’ to see us

…rubber side down 🙂

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4 Responses to Rubber side down…

  1. Anne Boone says:

    Glad you’re still with us, Steve! I always assume that cars either don’t see me, or want to kill me. Wish the dogs didn’t see me. 😉

    • Dad says:

      Anne, as you know it always sees to be ‘something’ on every ride…from trucks/SUV’s blasting by too close…to cars _squeezing_ by…to yelling from windows or leaning on their horn…to cars coming the other way, pulling out to pass cyclists while running head-on into our lane…to bike lanes that suddenly end…to _tight_ lanes with no shoulders…and oh yeah, that every-once-in-a-while dog thing just to keep things interesting
      …and still we ride 🙂

      • Daughter says:

        Glad to hear you made it home alive! Had you kept that extra 10 pounds though, you might feel a lot safer out there on the roads with the extra padding 🙂

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