Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm so pissed!

Ya know, I have to preface with:
it doesn't get much more cycling friendly than someone that not only has a cycling background, but also a motorcycling background.
I'm always trying to avoid such situations yet idiots like this exist and actually believe on some level they have the right away regardless of the situation.

The story:
Tonight Lisa and I were heading to Kuba Kuba and while approaching the light at Lombardy & Park to turn onto Park(crossing over in a left turn) I noticed a cyclist coming up the right side of on coming traffic.

I slowed up a little and judged that I had plenty of time to make the turn, so I proceeded as I would've if the cyclist was a car since I was well into the intersection while the said cyclist was still 50-75' out.

Parking was on the immediate right side after turing on Park (just on the corner), so I had to slow up as soon as I was on Park and pulled right into the space.
Once in I was starting to back up when I saw a flash of something dark zoom past my mirrors. I stop and as I'm looking around I see that it's the cyclist and he is now on Park and in on coming traffic almost crashing into a parked car on the other side of the street.

He sorta stopped and glared at us, but soon moved on meanwhile looking back every now and again.

I was pissed at this point as I'm sure this idiot believes that I did something wrong and in fact Travis was sitting in the back seat and swears the guy tried to kick our car as he was swinging wide around it.

This might have been avoided if the guy would've done two things:
1) Actually had a light on his bike so that I(& others) could have seen him well beyond the time to turn and when I was parking.
2) He actually slowed up while making a turn so that he could have proper time to react just like any other vehicle needs too when on a roadway.

If someone would've been on the on coming traffic, this guy would've been like a splattered bug on a windshield!