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Old 08-25-2008, 12:20 PM
toddistic toddistic is offline
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Default NW Broadway & near NW Glisan

This morning, in the bike lane on Broadway near Glisan around 8:15am. I take this route every morning. The NW Broadway and NW Glisan intersection is pretty hairy but this happened just before that.

White SUV makes an immediate right turn with no signal into the pay parking lot just north of NW Glisan. I was riding right next to him. I turned with him , then I jetted in front of him, and around him. Once I did this, I turned around and went back to the parking lot he pulled into and told him (suffering from a major adrenline rush):

"you need to watch what you're doing and use your turn signal buddy!"

he replied,

"I'm sorry!"

and i rode off.

probably the closest call I've had to date as I was no less than inches from his car during the encounter the entire time. dude definately knew was in the wrong and offered no defense.

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Old 08-25-2008, 01:00 PM
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Default Kudos for your polite rebuke...

...we all make mistakes when operating our vehicle. I think venting like you did was appropriate, especially since the driver acknowledged that they made a mistake.

Keep making a positive impression on people! The underlying subtext of this near miss might be that he didn't think that a bicyclist might actually be next to him. Now that you've been nice to him, perhaps the possibility might be more likely to occur to him next time.
ORS 811.065 (1)(a):

The driver of a motor vehicle may only pass a person operating a bicycle by driving to the left of the bicycle at a safe distance and returning to the lane of travel once the motor vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle. For the purposes of this paragraph, a “safe distance” means a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall into the driver’s lane of traffic....

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Old 08-25-2008, 02:49 PM
toddistic toddistic is offline
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lets hope so... i'm personally hoping that if i do get hit i can cash in on some of my accidental death and dismemberment insurance i have through work.
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