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.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.
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.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.
I always know there's someone behind the wheel of every car on the road; and they're all idiots trying to kill me. :frown2: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.
Looks like I should invest in some high visibility gear then. It makes sense that it would decrease the number of incidents, as in many of the close calls I've experienced, it's as if the driver has just looked straight through me without even noticing me. I would say this is largely in part due to the high number of distractions drivers face/subject themselves to.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.
That makes great sense as well. It's just a little more intimidating dealing with danger at 60+ mph speeds; you have less room for error.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.