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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2006, 4:59 am Thread Starter
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near miss

This morning I went to work and was nearly hit by a cage. I live in a rural area and when I approached cross roads a youth in Golf GTI did not give me right of way (which I had!).
He swerved a little to the left, leaving me on the right side, next to road in the wet grass. I've been riding for more than 30 years, but keeping the bike straight was more luck than knowledge. I slithered for some 150ft through the grass, shouting to myself 'no braking, no braking'. Afterwards I got the machine back on the blacktop and stopped there. The guy in the car stopped next to me and was sorry 'I did not see you etc'. I'm very proud I did not even raise my voice when I told him what I thought of him.
Just had to write this - to get rid of some adrenalin.

regards, Frits.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2006, 6:54 am
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It is nice that at least he stopped after trying to run over and kill you. I am glad that you kept the bike in control. Most a$$hats like that usually just keep on going (and some do even when they hit bikers).
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2006, 2:42 pm
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He did stop and apologise. Even I have been known to &^%$# up!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2006, 3:57 pm
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My response to such situations is a little less polite, and usually involves telling the other party that there is a big difference between "not seeing" and "not even looking".

Years ago while driving my car, I got so angry at a driver who wasn't looking and forced me to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid her turning right in front of me (and then who simply drove on as if nothing had happened), that I took off after her, stopped in front, then after hearing her stupid excuse that she didn't see me, I (very calmly) went over and pulled out her keys and threw them as far as I could and drove off without another word.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2006, 12:25 pm
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ignored again!

You survived to get ignored another day. I understand, I work with college students.

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