times when you are behind the wheel, and nearly hit a cyclist

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StuInMcCandless
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Last night, Liberty at Tito/8th, 7pm, some guy delivering pizzas wiggled off of Wood St, all black, no light, only the hardly reflective red pizza bag anywhere near visible, and slithered across moving traffic on Liberty against the light to slide down Tito/8th against the one-way.

I’m amazed we don’t have more bike wrecks. It might be that nobody was startled by him as nobody saw the guy in the first place.


Bikelove2010
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@lyle I was turning left from the center lane. I go left off the bridge then that quick right off carson. I try to avoid carson while biking, driving, and walking :)


Erica
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I’ve learned (from my later work hours) that E Carson isn’t so bad between the hours of 4am-8am, Monday-Friday. Never really rode between 8-12, though.


Lyle
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So this guy was running the red light, and (I’m guessing) he came up from your right, against traffic? Jeez. So, two more badnesses in addition to the comparatively minor no lights, no helmet.


Bikelove2010
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yep, he came up on my right.


Lyle
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I’d like to take out a life insurance policy on him. If you see him again, get his phone number for me, will you?

Not that there’s anything wrong with wearing orange, but you’re already far ahead of the game by not doing those four dumb things.


ieverhart
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I get made fun of almost everyday at work for wearing a helmet

Who makes fun of you for wearing a helmet? With all respect to the disabled, does this person think you would look better in a neck brace or wheelchair for the rest of your life?

The proper response to this (and any other sort of anti-bicycle nonsense) is, of course, “AYHSMB.”


Bikelove2010
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They get something along those lines:)

I don’t care how dumb I look or how much it messes up my hair. I’d rather NOT die, thanks


Mick
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@bikelove I get made fun of almost everyday at work for wearing a helmet…

Is it someone who is jsut being ignorant? Or is it someone who may have read the science and has decided -reasonably- that bicycle helmets are a fashion accessory?


Bikelove2010
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it people who make jokes at me because I’m clumsy, different than others, have dreaklocks, am a little ditsy, ride a cargo bike, a folding bike, have a detachable basket I put my crap in, have a huge Ulock, wear corduroy pants, don’t eat meat 75% of the time but don’t consider myself a vegetarian, like free size clothes, wear tights under dresses/skirts so as not to flash people, change my clothes at work, shop at goodwill, etc…

I got over it


greenbike
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Two bicyclists on Ellsworth this evening (~7:00pm) had very weak reflectors and no lights. Nearly invisible.

It’s getting darker earlier, so lights would be a smart addition….and aren’t bike lights legally required here in PA?


StuInMcCandless
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Law says front light, rear reflector.

Common sense says light yourself up like a Christmas tree.


greenbike
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Common sense says light yourself up like a Christmas tree.

+1


Erica
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So yesterday morning, my rear light fell off in an intersection and was run over by several cars.

I went to the shop and picked up a new one, but the batteries it came with didn’t work. Couldn’t fix it until this afternoon, so I put it on my bike anyway and used it as a makeshift reflector. I was terrified the whole way to work this morning, and I’m so glad that tomorrow, I will be properly lit…


JZ
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Not exactly behind the wheel, BUT… I was biking along Center yesterday past Whole Foods. Stopped behind two cars at the red light at the PNC. I signalled a right turn. When the light turned green, the two cars went straight. I was slowed up on my right turn waiting for a pedestrian to finish crossing towards me. As she’s stepping into the kerb cut there, I’m turning right. A helmetless hipster comes flying down the sidewalk on a bike. He realizes he’s about to hit her at the last second. She jumps out of the way, and he swerves hard into my path, so I have to brake and nearly dump. He just keeps going up onto the sidewalk on the far side and goes flying away. The woman and I are staring at each other. I’m not sure if we were more annoyed by his original bad behavior or by the fact that he didn’t even stop to apologize.


Noah Mustion
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is helmetless hipster the bike community’s version of cell-phone using SUV driver?


StuInMcCandless
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comes flying down the sidewalk on a bike.

This is why there’s a law against that. A closer corollary is a plain old speed limit. Driving 40 mph down Centre has the same effect, only the effects are more deadly.


Bikelove2010
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“is helmetless hipster the bike community’s version of cell-phone using SUV driver?”

I’d have to go with a yes…


ejwme
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yesterday I biked to the schenley park thing, then to Lawrenceville to join my husband in kung fu class. Afterwards we mount my bike on his car and drive to see the inlaws in Moon. Late that night, after a lovely dinner and visit, as he starts backing his car out of their driveway he slams on the breaks with this look of horror on his face for about a second. Then he remembers that my bike is on the rack on his car, and realizes he did NOT just hit a cyclist.


ErinK
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@bikelove2010 – I hate, hate, hate when cyclists ride in crosswalks, even if they’re not running the light. This happens all the time near the Hot Metal bridge – riders from the trail are crossing the street there in the crosswalk when I’m turning left out of South Side Works to go home.

The problem with riding through a crosswalk is that you’re too fast. I can judge whether the crosswalk is clear of pedestrians but bikes are a lot faster than pedestrians, even if they’re not pushing. So they can just fly out of nowhere. Scary.


salty
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I agree about not riding in crosswalks (or on sidewalks) – but there are definitely special cases, and anything involved with that godawful HMB intersection is one of them.


dwillen
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That intersection at HMB, you are FORCED to ride in the crosswalk. The people at American Eagle campaigned to prevent people from riding on the sidewalk. For reference, they recommend you use that crosswalk to cross to the “trail” on the other side of the street. Don’t hate the cyclists, hate American Eagle and the city for designing such a crappy intersection.

Cars turn right coming off the bridge with no signal (and a red light) and almost hit you. Opposing traffic from that UPMC building never uses a turn signal, so you just sit there at the green light, waiting to turn left across the 6 feet of road to the trail, wondering exactly what they’re going to do. I never want to jump over to the trail when there is a car sitting there with no signal (implying they are going straight, into my path — though they never do). Usually there is some annoyed motorist behind me too.


Noah Mustion
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The HMB is definitely a special case. Take the most bike-friendly structure in all of Pittsburgh, and then dump it into a totally non-bike, car, or pedestrian-friendly situation. Thanks corporate office of preppy america.

Another one that I do is 16th street bridge from northside – I ride the sidewalk on the outbound side, then across Penn to get to spring way. No cars should be turning left onto penn from 16th (as it is one way there) so I just have to watch for cars turning from penn onto 16th on red. just take it super slow at that point.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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“Thanks corporate office of preppy america?”

I’m pretty sure you can hear them in their uppity glass boxes sniggering, wearing golf shirts with the collars turned up, those silly pants with the whales on them (like they wear on Nantucket) and argyle socks. Preppy bastards. They’re to blame for that bridge design. It’s another preppy conspiracy. Like the Mon-Fayette expressway, or the “pound” of bacon that only weighs 12 ounces.

Damn preppies.


helen s
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Hey! I like argyle socks! My daughter’s girlfriend gave me some a few years ago, I wear them all the time, and as I am known at work for unique socks, I am considering starting to wear mismatched pairs. I am far from “preppy.”


ejwme
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helen – http://www.littlemissmatched.com/Catalog/womens_socks4

while I have never purchased socks from them, I encourage any and all crazy sock shenanigans. The fewer matching pairs, the better off the world is, IMHO. Besides, then I don’t look as silly when my apathy induces mismatching in my wardrobe.


Noah Mustion
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yeah, they’re responsible for not allowing cyclists to safely use the sidewalk, and force cyclists into a sidewalk-intersection situation….


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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Yeah. They’re worse than Illinois Nazis. I hate Illinois Nazis.


edmonds59
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Noah Mustion
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