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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Stoplight waiting dangers

Recently a friend was telling me of a friend of his that got rear-ended by a car coming up to him while he waited for the green. He survived because he had on this lid, at least. My friend was postulating there was nothing the rider could have done and I strongly disagreed. I know most experienced riders already know this, but for those who don't:
--While waiting at any stop (light, sign, yield) keep the bike in first gear if there are no stopped vehicles behind you.
--Watch your mirrors for a sign an upcoming vehicle won't stop in time.
--Keep your bike pointed at an emergency exit route in case you need to use it.
--Even in the case where cross-traffic is moving, you should be able to cushion a blow by creeping forward at an angle that would integrate you into cross traffic.

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To turn that on its ear, my wife just sent me this link. I had never considered the possibility that a vehicle stopped behind me might run me over when it was their turn to go

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I hate people that wait until the last second to hit their brakes. I'm about ready to nail it and get outta dodge, and all the sudden they decide it's time to stop. I've seen some who do this all the time. Pisses me off.

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Happened to a friend of mine, got hit from behind by a minivan. Never saw it coming, had no lid, but made it thru ok. When his bike suddenly accelerated, for some reason he thought his belt tore.



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My own mother almost ran me over once!! LOL! I was riding the bike and she was following behind me, trailing by maybe 100 yards or so. Anyway, we came to a yellow traffic signal and I stopped. Meanwhile, she gunned it! When I heard the squealing tires, I immediately moved over to the shoulder. A second later, her car was occupying the same space I had just vacated, tires smoking, and my Mom looking over at me with eyes as big as saucers!

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Is that when you realized you weren't the favorite?

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Is that when you realized you weren't the favorite?
Well, I did begin to wonder about that life insurance policy she took out on me......

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A friend of a work colleague got rear-ended last week. The guy who hit him did a runner, but was later caught by the cops. They were easilly able to track him down because his number plate was WEDGED INTO THE BIKE'S REAR END!!!

The rider, who weighs a touch over 300lbs, was thrown clear over the front of the cruiser he was riding, breaking his left arm in three places. He def got off lightly. Hopefully, the driver won't do the same.




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Here's more information about about the wreck that kanwisch posted:

http://www.jconline.com/apps/pbcs.dl...NTPAGECAROUSEL

The kid had owned the bike for less than a week. He must have stalled it or something, if I heard a semi behind me revving up and coming I'd be getting the hell out of there.
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My own mother almost ran me over once!! LOL! I was riding the bike and she was following behind me, trailing by maybe 100 yards or so. Anyway, we came to a yellow traffic signal and I stopped. Meanwhile, she gunned it! When I heard the squealing tires, I immediately moved over to the shoulder. A second later, her car was occupying the same space I had just vacated, tires smoking, and my Mom looking over at me with eyes as big as saucers!
z, that's a great story. Being a parent its scary to think I could run my own kid over.

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