Road work in Richmond on Cooney Road. Single lane traffic. Awkward because the road work is just before my home street where I want to turn left.
From a dead stop, two flag people have me into the oncoming lane, then back into my lane. I signal to turn left well before I pass the second flag person and slow down, now in lane position 3 of my lane, close to the solid yellow centre line.
As I turn my head left to begin my turn, a vehicle flashes past me from behind to my left in the oncoming lane. The vehicle passed so close to me that I was sure it would clip me. It was all I could do to keep the handlebars pointed straight ahead and pray the vehicle cleared me.
I have no idea what the vehicle was doing passing me on the left, over a solid yellow centre line, right in front of a flag person.
I gave the guy the finger and thought briefly about chasing him down, but was afraid of what I might do if I caught him.
I feel vulnerable because I had no chance to protect myself. Had I turned left, I would have become a hood ornament. My mirrors were of no use to me because the vehicle behind me was following too close, in my blind spot. I don’t typically shoulder check to my left when I am turning left and already in lane position 3 with the turn signal on.
This incident certainly makes me re-think my choice of transportation.