Some bonehead on a lawnmower (harley) cuts between myself and parked cars on Beach Ave with inches either side. I catch up to the guy and give him a :flip so he pulls beside me next light asks if I got a problem. Ya I got a problem, to idiots riding so close they take me out with them. So dude has like sandles, t-shirt, skullcap. He's gonna be the next statistic. I like my speed and sh*t when it's appropriate but dumb ***** in traffic really get me.
Wow! Eye opener and kinda scary. I try to ride as if everyone around me is driving "Drive by Braille" style. Assuming all the drivers around are blind, you will ride with the highest visibility and conspicuity.
Wow this thread has been dead for awhile, but I think we should breath some new life into it, it's a great topic and piece of work (just spend over an hour going thru the list). This is coming from someone who hasn't sat on a bike in over ten years. Even as a cager for more then ten years I've had my share of accidents (one included a roll over...not my fault thank god) but it seems people get peeved if you compare cars with motorcycles. I can see that logic, but there's also many things that over lap:
Hyper-awareness-keeping a "map" of the traffic around you. update it with mirrors and blindspot checks (not common with cagers, but we're out there)
Muscle Memory-get into a routine with everyday actions (lane change: check, signal, check, change, signal off) with a car or a bike, do these things without even having to "think" about it.
Heavy Hand (or foot)-Just go watch some youtube videos (cars and bikes). With some people willing to ignore advice from someone, it usually wakes them up when they see it actually happen. (the 1994 overhead car-cam of bruno senna smacking the wall is sobering. A legend gone in an instant)
Complacency- This happens to everyone, the last 20 min of a long ride (or drive) you tend to let your shield down. Thats when you don't see that truck backing out a driveway. When you feel it setting in, the quickest and easiest way to wake yourself up is a good bite on the inside of your lip (no not enough to bleed...just a quick shot of pain)
"Traction Circle"- Try to google this. It's a basic topic about what happens to tires under load, and why cornering when braking is NOT a good idea (car or bike)
Well I thought I would just add my 2 cents worth. I'm happy to see people blasting me or praising me, just as long as we keep a important topic like this going. If anyone is bitching about the weather come join me. I just shoveled a foot of snow out of the drive way. Can't wait for spring
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