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post #1 of 55 Old 12-30-2016, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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I love some of the comments like: "250s are too slow that's why I need a 600".

Yep, would have totally helped in that situation...not.
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I can't believe the rider noticed the car coming over and took his hand off the bar just in the nick of time.

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I love some of the comments like: "250s are too slow that's why I need a 600".

Yep, would have totally helped in that situation...not.
I do think he was going too slow. When I ride on multi-lane highways (which I avoid most of the time) I usually try to be moving faster than the traffic so that I'm in control of lane positioning and distances.
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I do think he was going too slow. When I ride on multi-lane highways (which I avoid most of the time) I usually try to be moving faster than the traffic so that I'm in control of lane positioning and distances.
He was going with the traffic. It looked like a fairly congested area with rather slow moving traffic so unless he starts lane splitting (which is illegal in most places of the world anyway) he had nowhere to go faster anyway.

Besides it seemed he got caught by surprise as he didn't even try to move further left to give the BMW more space. So even a 1000 wouldn't have helped there.
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i also prefer to find a car at my speed
then follow it, not too close, not center lane,
letting it cut thru air resistance somewhat
while using it as a partial shield..

i trail busses thru roundabouts etc, for same reasons,
drivers see/avoid driving into busses, while they seem
willing to take my roadspace and me..

they tend to be trained to be aware of
the roadside/end of road, so being closer to
roadsides helps enter their attention,
as road space they tend to avoid..

of course there are nutcases and others
in dreamland or even enjoying the power
of muscling in on bikes, scoots etc..
thus being relaxed but aware of approaching
/nearby cars is self evidently necessary..
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This is absolutely terrifying. Exactly the reason I try to avoid larger highways if at all possible. Even at slower speeds though drivers really neglect bikers. I've had people pull out and almost T-bone me, had I not been paying attention. Usually, if there is a red light that we get stopped at I turn around and try to signal to the person that they almost ran into me, if they hadn't noticed, and they act like they were the ones in the right despite the fact that I had the right-of-way. It's absolutely ridiculous.

I once read a study on how when people are in their cars, they view all other vehicles as non-human (basically, they forget that there are people behind each and every other vehicle on the road). I would imagine that would be harder to attain with cyclists, as you can actually see the human form. Perhaps it is not this phenomenon occurring in the context of bikes, but rather the fact that people feel safe in their steel cocoons and are willing to be pushy to get where they're going faster. Who knows...

Moral of the story I would say is stay alert always.
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I once read a study on how when people are in their cars, they view all other vehicles as non-human (basically, they forget that there are people behind each and every other vehicle on the road). I would imagine that would be harder to attain with cyclists, as you can actually see the human form. Perhaps it is not this phenomenon occurring in the context of bikes, but rather the fact that people feel safe in their steel cocoons and are willing to be pushy to get where they're going faster. Who knows...

Moral of the story I would say is stay alert always.
I always know there's someone behind the wheel of every car on the road; and they're all idiots trying to kill me.
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I noticed that I got cut off far more when I was riding without a high viz vest. I've been wearing one constantly while riding for about two years now and the number of incidents like has been significantly lower.

BTW highways are much safer for us than normal roads. That's because there are no intersections and everybody is going into the same direction, eliminating our number 1 enemy: The left turning car at an intersection.

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I am a big proponent of wearing hi-viz gear. I think it really helps other vehicles to be aware of your presence and approach.
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