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Old 04-02-2012, 11:23 PM
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Thumbs down My first GoPro Commute and I nearly get doored...

This is exactly the kind of thing that made me want a GoPro...

Here's the video... My first GoPro Commute and I nearly get doored...

I thought that the car was going to pull up further (they always do, but then this happened). There was no yelling, no cursing, just a very surprised cyclist, and car passenger.

No audio (it's a used camera, bad audio, but for $40, I'm not complaining)

Be Careful Out There.
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:29 AM
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Ya, following cars like a car and then deciding to act like a bike and pass on their right will do this. I would have stopped behind the car, just like any other vehicle would have. Staying safe goes both ways.
Don't we always say pass on the left only?
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:03 AM
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That's a good illustration of my concerns about bike lanes to the right of parked cars, whether it's a 'buffered lane' like Broadway or 'bikes to the left' as proposed on Williams. It seems like a worse hazard than driver-side doorings because passengers aren't necessarily trained as drivers (children!), often they aren't as situationally aware as drivers, the mirrors aren't adjusted for the passenger and they aren't used to checking over their right shoulder.

The video also shows why the 'reach across' style of door opening (drivers use right hand, passengers use left hand to open door) helps turn the car occupant to see oncoming traffic.

Glad you're OK, K'Tesh!

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Old 04-03-2012, 12:22 PM
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Lightbulb Pass only on the left? No, not a requirement in Oregon

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Ya, following cars like a car and then deciding to act like a bike and pass on their right will do this. I would have stopped behind the car, just like any other vehicle would have. Staying safe goes both ways.
Don't we always say pass on the left only?
I was trying to catch the MAX that was there, and ride it with my bicycle. The car wasn't in the area where people are supposed to unload, it stopped behind the cabs (the vehicles to the right seen in the video), and I ASSumed (yes I spelled that right) that they were going to pull up further.

To your other point, bikes passing on the right of cars is legal in Oregon. The new Oregon passing on the right law went into effect on January 1, 2006 and provides:

811.415 Unsafe passing on right; penalty.
(1) A person commits the offense of unsafe passing on
the right if the person:
(a) Drives a vehicle to overtake and pass upon the
right of another vehicle at any time not permitted
under this section .
(b) Drives a vehicle to overtake and pass upon the
right of another vehicle at any time by driving off
the paved portion of the highway .
(2) For purposes of this section, a person may drive a
vehicle to overtake and pass upon the right of another
vehicle under any of the following circumstances:
(a) Overtaking and passing upon the right is permitted if:
(A) The overtaken vehicle is making or the driver has signaled an intention
to make a left turn;
(B) The paved portion of the highway is of sufficient width to allow two or
more lanes of vehicles to proceed lawfully in the same direction as
the overtaking vehicle; and
(C) The roadway ahead of the overtaking vehicle is unobstructed for
sufficient distance to permit passage by the overtaking vehicle to be
made in safety .
(b) Overtaking and passing upon the right is permitted if the overtaken vehicle
is proceeding along a roadway in the left lane of two or more clearly
marked lanes allocated exclusively to vehicular traffic moving in the same
direction as the overtaking driver .
(c) Overtaking and passing upon the right is permitted if the overtaking vehicle
is a bicycle that may safely make the passage under the existing
conditions .

811.490 Improper opening or leaving open of vehicle door; penalty.
(1) A person commits the offense of improper opening or leaving open a vehicle
door if the person does any of the following:
(a) Opens any door of a vehicle unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so
and it can be done without interference with the movement of traffic, or
with pedestrians and bicycles on sidewalks or shoulders .

(b) Leaves a door open on the side of a vehicle available to traffic, or to
pedestrians or bicycles on sidewalks or shoulders for a period of time
longer than necessary to load or unload passengers .
(2) The offense described in this section, improper opening or leaving open a
vehicle door, is a Class D traffic infraction

In retrospect, I think that the passenger was trying to catch the same train that I was hustling for.

Lesson learned: Leave home earlier, and I don't have to hustle for a train.


Now for those who think that they see a backup light on... I rechecked the video, the vehicle to my right (a cab) had its brake or running lights on, not it's reverse light. What some might think they are seeing was the reflection of MiNewt 600 cordless (which I use for daylight safety) shining, and the video quality.
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:03 PM
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In that instance, I probably would not have tried to pass but I am sure others would have.

Glad you didn't bite it, K-Tesh.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:34 PM
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Pretty good quality video
Like I have seen most passenger side door opens, they probably did not look and just opened the door.

At this Max station that I get in at also, I am coming from the opposite direction and 99% of the time enter in the bus entrance. They are much more predictable then those pesky cars in a hurry to drop someone off.
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I like your style K'Tesh. In the same situation I might have grabbed that door and tried to take it with me or at least raised some middle fingers.

An argument with that driver or passenger would never net anything positive and unless people are aware of the laws you are certainly not going to enlighten them on the roads. Regardless of the law people don't expect to be passed on the right... ever. Not that you did anything wrong, clearly that's not the case. It's just the way it is.

Where's you get that camera for $40? Bike mounted? What brand/model?
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I like your style K'Tesh. In the same situation I might have grabbed that door and tried to take it with me or at least raised some middle fingers.

An argument with that driver or passenger would never net anything positive and unless people are aware of the laws you are certainly not going to enlighten them on the roads. Regardless of the law people don't expect to be passed on the right... ever. Not that you did anything wrong, clearly that's not the case. It's just the way it is.

Where's you get that camera for $40? Bike mounted? What brand/model?
Thanks for the comments.

To answer your questions... Saturday Market (used/no audio, nor USB jack discovered after I tried to charge it), Yes (now), GoPro Hero HD.

I had to shell out more for a battery backpack (to get the battery to charge w/o the USB jack), and the bike mount.
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