Tonight I was almost hit by a distracted driver. I don’t know what caused the distraction and it really doesn’t matter. I was at a light and it turned green so I proceeded into the intersection when this guy almost hit me. First, my bike has reflectors, next I was wearing one of those nasty lime yellow or green vests with several reflective stripes. I also had a light on the front. He got mad at me and started bad mouthing me. I had the right of way. If he had focused on driving instead of whatever he was focused on, he couldn’t have missed me.
With this light, I have plenty of near misses even when the crossing light is clearly visible. A month or so ago, a Wichita Public Works truck almost hit me as he cared more about turning than looking to see if he should slow down. Had I been as fast as a friend, I would have plowed into his back tire. He took the turn at speed which means he didn’t bother to slow down.
I don’t care if you are texting, listening to the radio, talking on the cell phone, arguing with a passenger, letting Fifi or Fido sit in tour lap while driving or letting the pet run around near your feet, none of these things is worth what can happen.
Using Fifi/Fido as an example, they block a fair amount of your view in your lap. Not to mention what happens to them if your airbag deploys due to a wreck. Pretty sure your pet can’t survive the rapid deployment of the airbag. In this case, I see the driver being mad at the person they blame for causing the accident when it was the driver’s fault because they were distracted.
Seen too many cases where a driver is listening to a video on their phone while simultaneously arguing with a spouse and/or child(ren) almost have a wreck. Is it worth their lives or the lives of innocent bystanders because you wanted to listen your video.
Ome time I was at a stop light and this woman was screaming into her phone arguing with someone. The light turned green and she sped off still yelling at the person on the phone.
When I ride my bike and am crossing an intersection, I ignore any calls until it is safe to do so. If it’s the annoying ringtone, I may check for a message later. For my friends’ distinctive ringtones, I will call them back as soon as it’s safe to do so.