Monday, April 30, 2007

Fun with Traffic

Today ended up being a record setting high temperature day. Also, another great bike to work day.

As I rode into work this morning, I had a fun encounter with a red pick up that saw fit to rush around my bike and then make a right turn in front of me. Three blocks later, when I was almost to the office, an aging VW Rabbit pulled out of a parking spot on the left side of the one-way street. He never looked back to check before he gunned it, and I thought for sure he was going to merge right and take me out. Luckily, he was working on a left at the corner, so he stayed on his side.

I came home on a slightly modified north work route. (The bridge is still out on Division between Newman and 350W.) At the intersection of Grant and Northwestern, there was a car coming around the line of cars waiting at the light - across all of the lanes. He was barely rolling, and he looked at me as he slowly crossed my lane. I stopped a ways back, giving him plenty of room. He finished crossing into the right turn lane (which is to the right of the bike lane), and then proceeded to back up across my lane again to get himself facing the right way. All of this happened in what seemed like slow motion because he was being so careful. It was then that I realized that he had probably turned onto the one-way street the wrong way and was trying to fix it without hitting anyone.

The rest of the ride was uneventful.

Miles Ridden: 10.8


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