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I do very much like this. But I have to ask: Did Kurt make the costmary statment, "I'm on your left" as he passed? Most accidents are avoidable. I hate to be the Debby Downer in this situation, but as a car-free, bike-lover advocate, we have to obey the rules of the road. Which means announcing that you're passing a fellow bicyclist. I actually lectured a fellow bicyclist a month ago because he startled me silently as he passed quickly. I caught up with him at the next stop light and said, "it's helpful to announce you're passing because I was so surprised I almost bumped into you." He was startled by me speaking to him at all but acknowledged what I had to say. We all have a responsibility to our own safety on a bike, even around other bicyclists.
sounds like one tough guy, but not being positive the helmet saved is like not being positive the bulletproof vest helped. you have to try again without one just to see if it really made a difference. otherwise, you just have to congratulate yourself for being smart enough to wear one in the first place.
Kudos, I would have shut her down. As someone who really loves the safety and options afforded in Minneapolis, this is a growing issue. I am actually finding myself equally frustrated with bikers and cars on my commute, with bike trending upwards. Drivers in Minneapolis are growing more respectful of bikers. I used to get hassled, yelled at, nearly side swiped by autos, but that seems to have decreased. People on bikes need to adapt, too. If you find yourself on a route where you must blow stop signs and run reds to get there on time, consider a new route. Try calling Shawn Murphy or 311 and ask for a better route, they will listen. Don't endanger others and yourself.
Mellers, the fellow who cut him off broke the law by not signaling his turn. There is no law stating that a passing cyclist yell out "on your left!" If you're startled by traffic coming up behind you, take some personal responsibility and accountability and use a mirror, as is required by motor vehicles. Why are you assuming everyone else will look out for your safety?
Mnbico, I see bicyclists signal their turns about 15% of the time and I hear them say "on your left" about 80% of the time. There is what the law says and then there is what common sense would dictate. I am not saying he deserved to be hit; he did not. The guy should have signaled his turn. But we all know that just having a law in place does not stop accidents. This story being the perfect example.
Agree with Mellers. Also, don't pass people in an intersection. That's the law for motorists - and for good reason.
Stick with single track like Lebanon Hills or Murphy and you'll be a lot safer.
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