So, there I was, riding to work yesterday morning. It was damn cold and the sides of my visor were a little foggy. I approached a T-intersection, looked both ways and saw a vehicle coming from each direction.
A second look told me that the vehicle in the near lane (on my right) was far enough away for me to pull out. Through the fog on my visor, the other vehicle appeared to be even further away, so I pulled into the intersection.
Part way into the intersection, I glanced to my left and realised, to my horror, that the vehicle to my left was a bike with twin headlights and it was a f*ck of a lot closer than the "car" I had mistaken it for! I shot across his lane and pulled straight onto the edge of the road (only about 2' wide).
Thankfully, the other rider was on the ball. He slowed and went wide enough to avoid a collision, then hung his hand out at me as if to ask, "What the f*ck are you doing?!"
I stayed in the emergency lane for about ten seconds, thinking about how close I'd come to taking out a fellow biker.
- Make sure visor is always free from fog.
- Twin headlights don't always mean a car that's a long way away. Take a second to check that it's not a bike with twin headlights.
Anyone else ever been in a situation where they've made an error in judgement and almost taken out another bike?