In light of the recent tragedy I would like offer my 2 cents of riding on the street keeping me kinda safe. FYI I had been in 2 MVA’s while on my bike. Both times the driver said they didnt see me. You learn real quick how to survive.
If you are a rider that is speeding say 20 over and a car doing the posted speed changes lanes into yours, do you get angry that you feel they cut you off?
If so you need to get your thought process adjusted! IMO you are destined for something bad, by you thinking the driver should have seen you is an assumption and that is a one sided deal and if you make your decisions based on that eventually you will be wrong. Cause they really didnt see you otherwise they wouldnt have changed lanes.
If you seen the car do the lane change and you simply change your path to go around the car or brake and slow down behind it then IMO you are riding with awarness and are anticipating the actions of the drivers around you.
You decide to pull the trigger and accelerate very fast. When and where do you do it?
Anywhere, anytime? Again your playing with a potential for disaster.
You should be scaning the road and see if there are any driveways, or cross streets. Divers will always poke the front of their cars out so they can see if it is safe to proceed to pull out. If your speeding and this happens are you prepared for evasive manuvers?
Is the road straight and do YOU have a full view of whats coming up?
Which brings me to the photo on Marine Drive.
The driver in their defence is not looking for a fast small object. If the rider was doing the speed limit 60KPH he would be travelling at about 54 feet per second. The driver probably looked one way then the other say 2 seconds per look so the rider 2 seconds earlier wasnt fully in view since he would have been over 100 feet away and around a bit of a curve. This is at the posted speed.
The damage to the car looks like it may have been higher so lets say he was at 100KPH which is a speed that we all feel is still safe. Then all the distances change to travel rate at 91 feet per second so in 2 seconds the rider was most likely out of view at close to 200 feet away. Giving the driver a sence that it was clear to proceed.
Putting the above statment about riding like you own the road and everyone should see you and stay out of your way in effect. Had the rider picked a better time and place to speed and ride with the anticipation of a car pulling out the outcome may have been different.
When you are speeding or just riding you should be in a position to anticipate something , you should be covering all the controls. If your going to play racer on the street you should ride like a racer. Fingers on the clutch, front brake, foot over the rear and have them all properly adjusted so you know where the threshhold is. If the rider had done this and not panicked or object fixated he could have scrubbed off enough speed before impact to change the outcome. At 100KPH it isnt hard to bring a bike to a stop in a short distance. But again how many riders have even practiced threshold braking?
I hope you all do ride like they do not see you. Anticipate that all drivers will do something that may put you in harm. And practice advanced skills or take a course. Cause we all have been in a car which is way larger than a bike and still had a close call demonstrating that they still dont even see a car let alone a bike.
Every year about 30 riders are lost. Lets try to have a safer season this year! That’s my 2 cents to contribute to all you riders. I hope a bit of it will one day have you say, wow that was close! Good thing I read that thread/took that course/practiced those skills.
All you other experienced riders surely have more to offer. Lets try to keep as many of us safer this year. Post up!