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So, last night after work (dusk 5PM), I nearly killed a woman in her mid 20's. I was gingerly accelerating my frozen SV up the hill by my office and proceeded through an intersection at about 25 mph. The light had been green since I pulled onto the road about 1/4 mile earlier. For whatever reason, this stupid woman decides to step out right in front of me :mad: I mean it was close. I was shocked that I didn't go down braking hard on ice cold tires.

She smiled at me pleasantly as I unleashed a volley of verbal abuse that generally is heard only inside the helmet. How in the $*@K does a pedestrian fail to notice both the red light she is jay walking and the bright red bike with high beams blazing and growling in second gear through a TBR that hasn't been repacked in 35,000 miles? Oy!

And then, not 1/2 a mile later some idiot on a scooter came out of a parking lot out of control just as I reached it. I was so sure that he was going to hit the curb/sidewalk or lowside the thing that I was getting ready for the impact.

All I was trying to do was get my last minute Christmas shopping done. :'(
 

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stranger said:
i feel sorry for the people you're getting presents for if you're picking them up on the bike  :D  :p
One year I completed 100% of my shopping via bike.

This year I bought my wife a present that should not, in retrospect, have been transported via bike. She wanted some wicked high end knife so I figured, no problem it'll fit in the tankbag. Well, it came in a relatively flimsy cardboard box that stuck out 2" past the bag. I was thinking on some level, because I decided to stick the butt of the knife toward my stomach. I rode about 6 miles in constant fear of being hit.
 

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RandyO said:
most places, pedestrians have the right of way,  some are idiots enuf to exercise their right of way at the wrong time
Peds have the right of way in crosswalks here in VA and I will always stop. There are two problems with this woman's decision from a right-of-way standpoint, however. 1) She wasn't in a crosswalk and 2) Even if she had been in a crosswalk, the light takes priority over the crosswalk (a la jaywalking). It boils down to the fact that people are just too stupid to protect themselves. I'm a runner and while I've been guilty of forcing right of way, I only do it when I'm confident that I will be able to avoid a collision if I have to.
 
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